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Kitbashing CNJ P47 (G3s) Pacific

from Doug Hunt
A rough list for an inexpensive conversion for a CNJ P-47

1) start by getting a Mantua 4-6-2.
2) grind off all the wrong details, but leave the covered turret, the long air tank on the fireman's side, and steam dome.  Try to grind/file off the sanding valve covers, but leave the sand box.  Better yet, remove the entire thing, and transplant an IHC
4-6-2 sand box.  Move it closer to the stack like CNJ's.

Okay, now here's a parts list.  They should cost around $65 by my math, plus shipping and handling.  Everything comes from Bowser, so you don't have to pay shipping several times from different mfgrs.  Also, an important note:  This is a very subjective list.  Many of the "detail" parts are not the type of detail that some of you may insist on.  However, concessions were made to keep the cost down and show that you CAN do this without spending a fortune.  If you want to go all PSC, Cal-Scale, and Cary, then fine, your model would look that much better for it, but triple the cost of the detail parts.  Some of the parts are Selley Finishing Touches, they are spin-cast metal, and much less expensive than lost-wax brass castings.  The Selley parts have a nice level of detail to them.

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bell 1-740, $2.25

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headlight 1-91016, $1.95

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light bracket 190-241, $2.65

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Elesco FWH, 675-379, $1.65

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Elesco pump, 675-376, $1.65

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air compressor, 675-506, $3.30 (2@ $1.65 ea)

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air tank, 1-70066, $0.75

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power reverse, 1-70047, $0.80

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generator, 675-401, $1.65

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whistle, 1-9231, $0.50 (not a very detailed part, but a durable brass

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turning.  Selley has whistles, but they will break!)

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pop valves 1-1857, $1.50 (2@ $0.75 ea)

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train control box, 1-70063, $0.75

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check valves pair, 675-370, $1.65

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tender trucks, USRA, 1-2990, $9.95 (best approximation for CNJ trucks.  Life Like or Model Power makes an F-7 with undersize Blomberg trucks, hmmm)

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80" spoke driver, light, no bearings, 1-16000, $16.00 (2@ $8.00)

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80" spoke driver, heavy, Mantua gear, 1-16042, $9.00

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hand rail posts 10pcs, 1-6000, $5.50 (2@ $2.25)

You need a different cab.  If you can get an IHC pacific boiler, then you have a sand box and cab you can modify for CNJ use.  Pro-Custom Hobbies in Maryland, has a small quantity of etched brass USRA cabs that you could use for the CNJ pacific.  I bought one for $10 to use on a B&O P-7.

Mantua used to have less expensive drivers than Bowser.  However, getting everything from the same supplier means you only pay P&S once.  I don't know what MDC or Mantua has by way of inexpensive detail parts.  If you want to save some money, you could You can always scour the parts catalogs and buy more parts, and make a nicer-looking engine.  It will cost more.  I would suggest getting a NWSL quarterer so that you can install a NWSL gearbox and high- quality can motor.   Those 3 things will run you under $100, and are worth the investment.

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Mantua pacific...$30 or so on ebay

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Parts...$65 or so

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Cab...$10

Have fun!

 

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Last modified:  9 October 2016