Saturday, January 7, 2012

Athearn HO scale Hustler diesel, Yellow #60...



...and then there were three in my stable. This one, a recent online purchase, shows what NOT to do when re-wiring an Athearn locomotive. Like most Athearn owners, the modifier replaced the metal clip contacts with more direct wiring to the motor from the frame...

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Unlike most modifiers though, they left the brush clip on the plastic motor frames, essentially melting them into the motor...sigh...

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It runs, but maintenance will be a kick...

UPDATE: New upper clip, new wire and terminal, a soldering job that would make my 8th grade shop teacher proud...much better.

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3 comments:

Cristake said...

Suddenly I am much more interested in this loco, sir... After I bought some old junk stuff from the internet - and this model in HO was there. First I thought it's a German model, then it's a British one... then a kind gentleman answered me and only now I realized... you know, that inner voice - "hey... mr. Bob has this type of loco - and even 3 of them!".
Well, I'll have to work hard on it, as it's in very poor condition, but it's too beautiful to rip and rob her for components...

Cristake said...

Update on comment: searching the previous posts on your blog, I realize that the 3 sister locos (on different scales) are other type... My mistake.

Br'er Shaygetz said...

Well.......you still have to show me what it is.... :-)