Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mehano HO scale 4-6-4 Hudson semi-streamlined in Canadian National paint...


...part of a set offered in a Canadian retail chain. I just love the colors, the whitewalls and elephant ears---a feature added to some passenger engines to lift the smoke higher over the equipment behind for appearance and passenger comfort.

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It is an excellent runner but...alas...its bell had gone the way of odd socks and Kadee coupler springs. Since replacements are hard to find, I made my own with a bit of brass wire, an odd rivet in my scrap box and a blob of solder...

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After a bit of bending and then a good buff with my Dremel tool, my Canadian Belle had a bell again...

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2 comments:

Cristake said...

Well done, sir. Impressive machine, I feel the shadow of a headache only seeing the wheel arrangement there... it's like superior mathematics, something I do not love too much...
Anyway, what's for the last part of the tender? Water or the same coal?

Br'er Shaygetz said...

Thanks Chris...the tender is called a Vanderbilt, the fuel sits in the front bunker, water to the rear. It's rare that they had squared off fuel bunkers, they usually were angled along the rivet line, just below the CP logo.

This tender was originally designed to hold a motor in it, back in the early 1960s. The mold has passed through the hands of several makers since then who've added to the detail, but never corrected the squared tank.