Converting LGB Tipplers to 7/8ths Scale

Gavin Sowry

Gavin Sowry

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Next up, I've started on a bogie wagon...... still deciding on what it will finally be, but, the underframe is partly done, and has been for a test run with the rest of my 7/8ths stock.

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It is just a standard Bachmann underframe, taken in this case from my tank wagon (that always seemed out of place on the Taita Gorge Railway). Replacement small Bachmann wheelsets fitted, and the LGB link and pin couplers substituted. Next step is carve off all the brake piping and linkage (except for that associated with the handbrake).
 
Gavin Sowry

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Welcome to the visitors from the 7/8ths Forum that have been linked to here to read this, and, hopefully, other posts.
 
Gavin Sowry

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Progress today, on the bogie wagon.... all the Air Brake gear has been removed. And, it only took 5 minutes to convert a Tipple to 7/8ths (but, it will take longer to paint it). That makes 6 in the rake now, or two rakes of 3, one loaded, one empty, that has some potential for hide and seek switching I think.
 
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Gavin Sowry

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Gavin Sowry

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Drying, as we speak.......
Dry, and out running on the Taita Gorge Railway. Actually ran out of the Red Oxide paint I use, so I painted the tub the weathering black, with the intention of mist coating the Red Oxide when I get some. Trip to the shop this morning revealed every colour, except the one I wanted.

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....oh, don't forget, it is the middle of winter here. Train running is still possible.
 
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Dry, and out running on the Taita Gorge Railway. Actually ran out of the Red Oxide paint I use, so I painted the tub the weathering black, with the intention of mist coating the Red Oxide when I get some. Trip to the shop this morning revealed every colour, except the one I wanted.

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....oh, don't forget, it is the middle of winter here. Train running is still possible.
Excellent picture Gavin. The rake of skips is coming on nicely.
 
Gavin Sowry

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Excellent picture Gavin. The rake of skips is coming on nicely.
Here endeth the rake.... I've run out of couplers. I'll keep one box original to use as an example of how things were done.
 
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Gavin Sowry

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Dry, and out running on the Taita Gorge Railway. Actually ran out of the Red Oxide paint I use, so I painted the tub the weathering black, with the intention of mist coating the Red Oxide when I get some. Trip to the shop this morning revealed every colour, except the one I wanted.

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....oh, don't forget, it is the middle of winter here. Train running is still possible.
Well, finally got that last wagon painted/weathered properly. Turns out that misting the black base coat with red oxide achieved the same result.........
 
Gavin Sowry

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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.)

Had a good look at those, mainly due to the cheaper price. However, once I saw the hacking and modification required to the wagon (rather than just a straight swap out), I gave them a miss.
 
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Had a good look at those, mainly due to the cheaper price. However, once I saw the hacking and modification required to the wagon (rather than just a straight swap out), I gave them a miss.
I am thinking of printing some lgb ones. Pins might be a problem. Will try tomorrow
 
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Gavin Sowry

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Small pop rivets?
That's what some of us use when we lose, or run out of, the proper pins. For links, there is some chain about that is the same size as the LGB link.... just break the chain down to individual links.