Good question:Did you have to use custom pins for the custom rods?
Funny I should say that above as on US e-bay right now is a nice complete mustard yellow 3958 coachI have been waiting for a fifth 3958 coach for years, but the only ones i have seen are being listed at £120 or so. Far more than I am prepared to pay.
The rarity of the 3958 and 4035 parts means if you want them, those are the sort of costs you either pay these days, or you go without. I am still without my fifth coach!
You can 'graft' any radio system into your loco.. - Dependent on space, and how the motor / track wiring is configured. A DPDT switch would select either track or battery power.Now I'm wondering if something like a futaba (or aristocraft, or whatever) 27 MHz AM receiver could be put into an electric PM train to control the motor, so it would function both as RC battery powered and electric track powered depending on the type of track you use. If that could work, it might seem better than chopping up a PM chassis to fit a PM RC block. I would assume that one channel on the receiver could be connected directly to the motor for forward and reverse control, but maybe I'm missing something. If I can get something like that working, then maybe the spare channel(s) could be used to control a bell or whistle, etc.
Pretty large as the units are designed to plug-in.. If there is not a suitable socket, then you use a plug-on board for the major connections..Do you mean that the aristocraft crest has both a receiver and an ESC in one module? I wonder what the dimensions are on that.
As Phillip says sort of 2 25x45x65 mm. They both plug into each other with tha combined size I have just quoted. I have fitted one and batteries in one of my LGB 0-4-0's. Plus a Peter Spoerer Sound Card as I did not like the US Sound on the board.Do you mean that the aristocraft crest has both a receiver and an ESC in one module? I wonder what the dimensions are on that.
Bunnies,basket and the other small rodent look useful as well.I think I could make that fit. I'll keep an eye out for a deal on something like that.
Here is something else about PM parts compatibility, in case someone is looking for a potential alternative roof for the caboose cupola. Consider the roof on this animal feeder:
Part number 30 06 6730 is found in sets 3692, 4208, 6248, and 6470, and is about the right size, sort of fits, and with a little work might make a suitable alternative.
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It could use paint and a walkway:
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There is a gap in the side which would need to be filled:
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It's a little bit less wide, but not noticeably, and the angle is also slightly different:
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The outside edges of it's frame slots are perfectly lined up with the inside edges of the cupola wall, which adds a little bit of stability. You could probably make a cupola wall extension which plugs into the slot to close the gap between the wall and the roof, adding more stability:
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It's somewhat stable as is, due to the positioning of the slots, but will fall off eventually unless secured a little better:
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It's not so great as a SM roof. The angle doesn't match(leaving a gap), and it's very unstable. The width is just short enough that the ridge around the bottom edge of the roof doesn't seat well on the SM; it ends up leaning slightly to one side or the other but is wide enough to cover the opening:
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On the other hand, the caboose cupola roof is the perfect angle for the SM and has a decent width (though not as wide as the original SM roof:
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It's pretty stable if you tuck the cupola roof's front wall behind the SM's front wall:
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Of course you would want to paint it, but you would probably also want to make a small notch in the support edge of the underside of the cupola roof so that it will seat properly where it meets the rear wall of the SM:
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In case anyone is wondering, the SM roof does not fit the caboose cupola, as the SM roof's supports are slightly wider than the cupola's opening.
James you are very kind, however I'm not missing any of those pieces. I have 2 cabooses(one you already supplied buffers for, thank you very much) and both have all of their roof pieces. They are both complete except for the one chimney I had to construct a replacement for, one caboose has a non-white blanket for the bed(which is acceptable even though it is a bit pinkish, and one of the shiny lanterns has been substituted with a non-shiny lantern. I am curious how your SM roofs look, but a picture from you or Xav would satisfy that curiosity. If they are anything like your tool box covers I'm sure they are quite impressive.I will gladly send...
Thanks Brian,James you are very kind, however I'm not missing any of those pieces. I have 2 cabooses(one you already supplied buffers for, thank you very much) and both have all of their roof pieces. They are both complete except for the one chimney I had to construct a replacement for, one caboose has a non-white blanket for the bed(which is acceptable even though it is a bit pinkish, and one of the shiny lanterns has been substituted with a non-shiny lantern. I am curious how your SM roofs look, but a picture from you or Xav would satisfy that curiosity. If they are anything like your tool box covers I'm sure they are quite impressive.
Yes folks, the blankets that fit the caboose come in white, blue, orange, and this pinkish red:
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The plans I have for the 4052 show the spring and an inner piece already assembled - I'll post a scan later today. The purpose is, indeed, to help keep the front assembly on the rails, especially, I think, over points and uneven lengths of track. I have had my 4052 apart recently, but I can't remember whether the assembly comes apart once it is removed from the underframe. It will be in pieces again soon and I'll take photos for you.I was looking for some parts for a 4054 I ordered this week and I came across a listing with the spring with pin, along with a brass pin which I hadn't seen before:
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I was told that the purpose of the brass pin is to prevent the front assembly from popping out. However I couldn't find any information about this pin on playmodb( I don't have the assembly instructions in any form for any of the Steaming Marys so I couldn't check those). Is this actually a PM part? If it is, does anybody know the part number or if it has been used in other trains or other PM sets? And how much of an effect would this brass pin or it's absence have?