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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sneak peek: Andrews trucks for OO

This is one of the first two PBL Sn3 trucks I have converted for use in OO.

I will have more on this conversion later in the summer as I work out the details/bugs better but the short version is it is not that complicated and these trucks roll like crazy! And, as documented further in this previous post [toward the bottom], they scale out well in OO. For these first trucks I used the original wheelsets but I will be looking at other options ASAP as they are a bit undersized and they derail easily, I believe because the tread width is narrower than NMRA standards for OO. Overall, however, very pleased and encouraged by this as a tactic to create OO trucks. Click on the photo for a closer view.

The car in the photo is Picard, the scribed body style, which I built up in the 1980s. I have three more cars of this same general type nearing completion now that will look great riding on these new Andrews trucks.

UPDATE: I now have wheelsets based on Athearn 36" HO wheelsets on the trucks. This car runs and looks great on these trucks. More information here.

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