Model Power 2-8-2 Questions

WM183 Nov 8, 2018

  1. WM183

    WM183 TrainBoard Member

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    Hi folks.

    The newer runs of Model Power light 2-8-2s look really nice; however, I have heard some issues concerning electrical pickup and running, and I also have a few general questions, if anyone can answer them. I am looking for some light USRA mikes, as I want to model a NYC H6, but the only other ones in N are the decades old Atlas/RR things, and the rare (and out of my price range) Key/Yulim brass. So:

    1) Many folks say to swap to a Kato or Bachmann Spectrum tender. Is this a difficult conversion? Is the model power loco split frame, and just a matter of attaching pins to the frames like Kato/Spectrum uses, or something else?

    2) Are they terribly hard to convert to DCC?

    3) Are they quiet?

    4) How do they perform through No. 6 turnouts (Kato/Atlas)?

    5) I have heard the couplers are odd adjustable things; can they be converted to MTs?
     
  2. Espeeman

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    Hi WM183,

    Can't answer all of your questions but I do have two of them and will comment on what I've experienced so far. Mine are both DCC and sound equipped from the factory. I am quite happy with the way they run and they are every bit as smooth as my Kato GS4. They pull better than any sound equipped diesel I have up a 2% grade. I know they will pull at least 23 cars up the grade but I don't know what their limit is as I mostly run 1st and 2nd gen diesels and have never really put these Mikes to the test. They will manage #6 turnouts with ease and I have had no issues with them running through the #4 turnouts in the yard. They are nearly silent when I turn the sound off. As far as electrical issues, I have had none. I can turn them on and leave them to run for periods of time with no issues. I would definitely replace them is they were lost. Others may have had different experiences with this brand but mine has been great. Most of what I run is Kato, Atlas, BLI, IM so I am used to having high expectations and I have to say I was nicely surprised with these two units.

    Hope this helps :)
     
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  3. badlandnp

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    I run 2 of the older ones on my road. Conversion to DCC of the first issues was a bit intensive but not impossible. I did convert to Bman tenders for better pickup. It wasn't very hard to convert to MT couplers. It is also my understanding that the new ones with sound do come with better tenders.

    These things pull like a horse! Either of mine will outpull everything else on the road except for my 2-8-8-4 by Bman!

    Go for it, in my opinion.
     
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  4. John Moore

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  5. WM183

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    Could you explain how you did so, and how difficult the mod is, perhaps?
     
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  7. papahnash

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    I purchased the new version with sound. I had problems with power pickup through my Kato Double Crossovers. I replaced the tender chasis with a Bachmann USRA medium and modified the inside corners of the original shell to fit. The draw bar height did not match up with the new tender so I drilled and tapped for a coupler screw, installed it from the bottom making a draw pin. It now runs and sounds great and is one of the best pulling locos I have.
     
  8. badlandnp

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    What papanash did. I removed the Bman pocket, filed the surface flat, drilled and tapped a hole(00-90) and installed a MT 905 Nn3 coupler. Have to file the pocket base a little bit to get the coupler up away from the rail enough.
     
  9. WM183

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    Ok, I am a bit confused. Did you change the coupler, or the tender? I have been told that changing tenders on these to one with all wheel pickup helps a lot?
     
  10. badlandnp

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    On mine, which are older ones without all wheel pickup, I changed to a Bman tender. The coupler fit the Bman as described. On the Model Power tenderit was a similar procedure. I will try to find a picture.
     

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