Converting LGB Tipplers to 7/8ths Scale

Gavin Sowry

Gavin Sowry

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I've been posting some random thoughts on the daily pages about LGB tipplers, and their suitability for use as 7/8ths stock.
Just so I don't loose some of those ramblings, I thought it better to open a thread on the topic.

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Here's what made my mind up, one of my LGB tipplers, box original, alongside a Slaters 7/8ths kit made up (owned and assembled by Ben Calcott, as seen on his Pine Valley Railway).

Bulk wise, this is a no brainer. So what's 'wrong' with the LGB model. I've heard comments that it is too toylike. I tend to agree, especially when seen here. The wheels, to my mind, are far too big (and plastic). Finally, the couplers..... say no more.

Plan of attack, decent couplers, smaller metal wheels, and a few more rivets/detail.
I have already trial fitted the small Bachmann metal wheels. They work, and pass the 'eye' test.
Couplers, easy, LGB Link and Pin... straight swap out. A tad expensive, but worth it. In any case, by using the smaller wheels, the coupler height drops, and standard LGBs would be too low.

Once the bits arrive, I will post progress. I know that others have used these wagons in 7/8th, so the concept is not original, but, rather, independantly developed 'my way'.
 
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I agree with you the LGB ones make perfect 7/8 Tippers with a few minor tweaks as you suggest.

Lumps and bumps are a must created with the cooler part of a Soldering Iron. Repaint of Course plus some Rust. Easily achieved by the Casey Special Method of Iron Filings on a slop of Vinegar. Vola overnight Rust. Or you could use some of the Generic Modelling effects or even at a pinch Dry Brushing. As for Couplings on mine years ago the LGB Hooks and Loops were replaced with a Nail with two sides of the head flattened and a Paper Clip, crude but cheep. Or even the loops are cheaply made with Brass Electrical Mains wire bent to taste and soledered at the join. Wheels also need a good weather or if you have Steel ones a soak in Vinegar and overnight they will have rusted nicely. Must try to dig out a pic of my old LGB Hoppers if any exist.
 
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This is the method I use to couple the skips together:-
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For lumps and bumps in my Binnie skips, I use a hot air gun. I find it easy to get longer and deeper "damage"
 
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Another way to bend and bump is to use a candle flame as a gentle heat source, I found that quite controllable after a bit of practice. I used various items to push shapes into the soft plastic.
 
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My distressed Tippers were a bit Camera shy somsadly these 2 are the best Imcan do, but you can make out some of the abuse. Sadly the Red Hot Needle trickmfor Rust Holes does not work as the Plastic is too big on the LGB Tippers.
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Gavin Sowry

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Fed-Ex tell me that my couplers have arrived in Wellington, delivery due tomorrow.
Pity, I won't be home, family funeral up north. Still, Thursday is a holiday, so after ANZAC services, it will be into some of the conversion work.
 
Gavin Sowry

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Fed-Ex tell me that my couplers have arrived in Wellington, delivery due tomorrow.
Pity, I won't be home, family funeral up north. Still, Thursday is a holiday, so after ANZAC services, it will be into some of the conversion work.
The dreaded courier curse..... their calling card, wouldn't leave goods without a signature. However, couplers arrived this morning. Quick trip on the train out to Mack's Tracks,
and I've cleaned them out of wheelsets. Wrong price, but doing the sums on importing them, works out about par. The retailer can have tea tonight.
Carp weather tomorrow... guess what I'll be doing (hopefully).
 
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Hot off the workbench, first cut. Need to get some small screws to attach the pin chain to the headstock, then it'll be into the paint booth.
Those smaller wheels certainly do the trick.... less toylike already, don't you think.
 
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Hot off the workbench, first cut. Need to get some small screws to attach the pin chain to the headstock, then it'll be into the paint booth.
Those smaller wheels certainly do the trick.... less toylike already, don't you think.
The smaller wheels certainly make a difference. Sadly to convert my fleet of 29 skips would be too expensive.
 
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Couplers, easy, LGB Link and Pin... straight swap out. A tad expensive,
There's a gent on eBay selling inexpensive link-and-pin components from Sri Lanka.
G Scale Plastic Links&Pins (Pack of 6 Links & 12 Pins) | eBay
I have used them on those same underframes with no problems. See this LSC thread:
Large Scale Central - Advanced Forum Detail Topic - Inexpensive Link-and-Pin Couplers on Ebay
(P.S. that tippler came off a Faller eTrain set that I picked up in an estate sale.)

 
Gavin Sowry

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Here are the essential items for this conversion

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..and here is the basic conversion

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What I've tried to do, is create a model that looks like it could actually be a stock standard LGB item. Sorely tempted to come up with an LGB number for this, and 'alter' the box label, just to fool any 'snobs'..... 'ooh, I've got that one, they don't make it any more' (you know the type).

Next up, a bit of weathering.
 
Gavin Sowry

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Sorely tempted to come up with an LGB number for this, and 'alter' the box label, just to fool .....
4243, original of this model. 41430, next edition, and 42430 is this red model. 43430 seems to be free............