Sometimes when your Mojo wanes, its good to look for inspiration somewhere else…in my case working in an unheated warehouse and not getting home from work til after dark in most cases is not inspiring me to work on largescale outdoors…this is whay I have On30 for, the Winter LargeScale.
So dusting things off, I found a conversion that I began several years ago and never completed, which is prolly a good thing. It started life as an HO scale 2-6-6-2 Logging mallet from Mantua courtesy of Gary Buchanan. I did some work to the chasis and built a new superstructure for it.
At the time I had completed the tender and even installed a DCC decoder in it, but flashing foreward it appears (from the melted wire and burnt plastic around the decoder) that the decoder was fried. I’ve decided to build a different tender anyways, and to replace the small silver motoer with a nice hefty NWSL unit. Note the clear tubing connecting the motor to the rear gearbox and the rear gearbox to the front that are soon to be replaced with NWSL universals.