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CNJ Models in HO >  Kitbashes > 
Up | B and E series switchers | G3 Pacific | M2/3 Mikado | K1 and I5 camelback | RS3/RSD4-5 Alco switchers | Boxcab

K1   4-8-0 Camelback - by Robert McGlone
This is a brief synopsis of what I did:

bulletThe superstructure came from an old HO Train Co/General Hobbies zamac 4-6-0 (available for $25-50 on eBay, Steve). I had to do some filling of the invariable zamac rotting cracks (super glue followed by epoxy - works OK so far). Back of superstructure was adapted to the frame. Headlight built up into a simulated arc light. Air tanks removed. Extra details added and so on.
bulletThe mechanism is from a Mantua 4-8-0. Cylinders are from a Bowser Pennsy H-10 modified to the slanting Brooks piston valve ones. There is a flat can motor with a homemade mount using the Mantua nylon gears. I should have used flanged wheels on the second driver set but for my 18" curves. That minimizes the 1st to 2nd axle gap and improves the appearance a lot.
bulletTender is from the Mantua 4-8-0 loco. I originally used a Leetown white metal CNJ kit but that was a bit too new looking and a bit too heavy. Maybe in the future I'll consider a BCW resin body CNJ tender?
bulletDecals from Jim Wilhite jwilhite@netdirect.net to match circa 1910 prototype photos.

Photos of Robert McGlone 's converted 4-8-0:

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I-5  2-8-0 camelback  - by Robert McGlone
Here's some more pictures of my finished circa 1908 Class I-5 2-8-0 camelback model, along with a brief synopsis of how to make one of your own.

bulletThe superstructure came from an old HO Train Co/General Hobbies zamac 4-6-0, commonly available on Ebay. Try to find one that's not cracked too badly. I had to do some filling of the common zamac rotting cracks (super glue followed by epoxy - works OK so far). Back of superstructure was adapted to the frame. The headlight is a drilled out Bittercreek Models soft white metal part that fits over the cast on headlight. Some extra details were added but not too many.
bulletThe mechanism is from a Mantua 4-8-0. Modifying the mech was the hardest part of the job. The cylinders had to be moved back, the frame shortened in the front, and a short frame extension built for the back of the frame. The cylinders are from a Mantua Mikado modified to the slanting Brooks piston valve style. The motor is a standard Mantua using the Mantua nylon gears, although I have future plans to use one of the latest Mantua replacement can motors. I tried to use flanged wheels on the second driver set [they show in some photos but were later removed] but doing that resulted in some binding on my 18" curves. However, using the flanges minimize noticing the too large 1st to 2nd axle gap and improves the appearance a lot.
bulletThe tender I finally settled on is from the Mantua 4-8-0 loco. I originally wanted to use the General Hobbies 4-6-0 tender but that was a bit too new looking and a bit too heavy for the loco. Maybe in the future I'll consider a BCW resin body CNJ tender but they are no longer available, so......? At least my two conversions have a family appearance with the same tender.
bulletDecals came from Jim Wilhite to match circa 1910 prototype photos. His decals were later purchased by La Belle Models after he died.
bulletThis conversion was much harder to do than the 4-8-0 camelback because of the additional frame modifications required.





 


 


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