Those unsightly firebox gaps

RGW1 Sep 14, 2015

  1. RGW1

    RGW1 TrainBoard Member

    It bothers me when i see one of my steam locos with the big gap between the trailing truck and the firebox so I modified my Kato mike to look better. Her are two mikes stock and one DSCF7376.JPG DSCF7385.JPG DSCF7386.JPG with Polystyrene strips added and a delta truck .
  2. HOexplorer

    HOexplorer TrainBoard Supporter

    Is this like 'thigh gap'? You need a camera with the little flower button to have these close ups in photo. But no, I'm not a rivet counter so they don't bother me. Jim
  3. RGW1

    RGW1 TrainBoard Member

    At eye level you can see it. Its not something that drives my crazy. However if the opportunity present it self I try to improve the appearance of my engines.I had the shell off of this mike and was doing some work on it so I decided at add the strips, only took about 15 min of work. May be others can use this idea.
  4. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    The different truck, alone, makes a difference.
  5. gatrhumpy

    gatrhumpy TrainBoard Member

    Nice job!
  6. robert3985

    robert3985 TrainBoard Member

    I AM a rivet counter and that gap always bothers me. Some of my non-rivet counter model railroading friends are also bothered by "the gap" which is so common on model steam engines and is the rule rather than the exception as a concession to allow these engines to run on ultra-small radii.

    I take measures to fix it, but I still have a number of brass and plastic engines which need it done to look more prototypical. I've found that even a simple single partition painted black makes a huge positive difference when operating or taking photos.

    I was really gratified by Kato's U.P. FEF-3 and the effort they made to close "the gap" between the firebox and trailing truck on that model, which really adds to the desirability of that engine IMO.

    I also fix "the gap" between tender and cab on most of my steam engines. I run a 24" minimum radius on my layout, so I'm able to close that up pretty easily on most of my steamers, and arrange tender/engine electrical wiring to a position to look more like prototype tender/engine connections.

    I agree that a lot of times, a small addition or maybe several can make a noticeable difference in the appearance of our model railroads, our engines, our rolling stock, etc., which is a good thing.

    Well done...

    Bob Gilmore

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