Scratch build loco

UP_Phil Apr 19, 2017 at 9:35 PM

  1. UP_Phil

    UP_Phil New Member

    5
    1
    2
    Some very nice locomotives have been marketed at some very nice princes. Well outside of my hobby budget. How difficult would it be to build a stream loco in z-scale? I'm thinking of the U.P. 844 fef-3 4-8-4. In n-scale for instance they have the very nice brass loco's and less expensive but nice plastic models. Is anyone scratch building loco's in z? Where would one start? What help is out there?
    Thanks
     
  2. SJ Z-man

    SJ Z-man TrainBoard Supporter

    2,407
    152
    36
    First, you need the drive mechanism. So, $300 for a Marklin chassis. Where else are you going to get drive wheels?
    Then all the etchings you have to design, especially all the little support details.
    Parts like sand domes, steam cylinders, etc.

    Search for 'Berkshire' 'chris' and then cry. At the amazement and reality.
     
    Kez likes this.
  3. Kurt Moose

    Kurt Moose TrainBoard Member

    3,092
    199
    46
    Z-scale could use a nice 4-8-4, like AZL's Mikado.(y)
     
  4. UP_Phil

    UP_Phil New Member

    5
    1
    2
     
  5. UP_Phil

    UP_Phil New Member

    5
    1
    2
    SJ Z-man, you bring up some very good points making me think a lot. The drive mechanism is a major consideration. Having to build the wheels & rods would take some time and Marklin is not a consideration for me. Atlas makes 8 wheel drivers (the other Atlas) at a reasonable price. The motor & miscellaneous gears I can purchase. A chassis block I can machine. All the other stuff I can make out of styrene and brass. After all, what is a scratch build all about. I'm not saying it is going to be easy & it will take time. What I need now are some drawing, what is behind the front shield.
    Thanks
     
  6. tracktoo

    tracktoo TrainBoard Supporter

    126
    36
    5
    I have been developing some power trucks/ chassis to use in various N, Nn3, and Z projects. I'm finally getting close to some final units ready for public consumption. A Z scale switcher is one that I should be assembling soon, powering an existing Shapeways body. The effort has been in getting reliable operation at reasonable scale speeds and excellent low speed performance for switching. It's been a real challenge but after countless hours invested working out the endless important details I've got a very nice running package. This could be the poster child for the saying, "The devil is in the details, but so is salvation".

    This chassis is a prototype that's under 9mm in height with a 44" wheelbase running on Z scale track.

     
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2017 at 5:08 AM
  7. SJ Z-man

    SJ Z-man TrainBoard Supporter

    2,407
    152
    36
    OK, --> I'm <-- interested :0 What is the motor voltage? So many small ones are 6V which pushes the limit with DCC.
    And, the mine cars. Don't see them on Shapeways.
    Interesting Track Gauge.
     
  8. Loren

    Loren TrainBoard Supporter

    1,493
    34
    25
    I think you are sparking some serious interest here. What Z needs among other things, is a good running switcher. Do tell more.
     

Share This Page