N scale truck tools

Donstaff Sep 9, 2021

  1. Donstaff

    Donstaff TrainBoard Member

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    I've see a couple of items in a Walther's catalogue which seem possibly useful, a "truck spreading plier" and a "truck tuner". The latter is a journal dressing device, which could be a real God Send in N scale. But of course, they are both available only for HO. Has anyone ever seen or built something like or similar to these for N scale?
     
  2. Inkaneer

    Inkaneer TrainBoard Member

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    These were semi popular in HO in the early days but today, not so much. There are a variety of wheelsets in N Scale you just need to get the right one.
     
  3. Shortround

    Shortround TrainBoard Member

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    A couple years ago both scales could be found. Now they aren't advertised. I was looking for an HO set for a couple kits.
     
  4. mtntrainman

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    The 'truck tuner' is almost a must. After time...metal end axles will 'egg shape' the indent on plastic frames...where the axles points rest. Dressing those up is sometimes a must do chore. I have a set of small burring bits I picked up on the cheap at Ace Hardware...similiar to these....

    https://www.amazon.com/Grinding-Uni...hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4584276309842139&psc=1

    The pointed ones work great for the job. They also work great for cleaning the 'gunk' out of axle cups in the metal locomotive pickups on the trucks. Just use your fingers to spin the bit. I would NOT use any kind of powered rotary device...JMO.

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  5. Shortround

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    Are Center Drills used in machine shops have the right angle? Length? Except for the knob in the middle they look the same.
     

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