Does anyone here happen to have a Frateschi G22CU? I’m trying to find a suitable chassis/trucks for my next Korean project, a GT26CW-2. These EMD export locomotives have 3 axle trucks that have a slightly different wheel spacing than standard US trucks, so models are hard to find. The only US locomotive with these trucks was the SDL39.
Theoretically, the trucks on the Frateschi should be what I need, but Frateschi’s export locomotive models tend to be a bit oversized, closer to OO. I’ve read posts stating that despite this, the 2 axle and A1A trucks on their G12 models are proper HO. I just can’t get any confirmation that the 3 axle trucks are HO as well. Before I try and hunt one down from Australia or Brazil, I want to make sure I’m getting what I’m looking for.
Last Edit: Jun 5, 2020 20:41:27 GMT -5 by dastumer
Okay, so those friends responded and said that the Frateschi models have overscale trucks. He recommended looking at models by a company called Hobbytech
Actually, if it's not too much to ask, would it be possible to get a measurement of the distance between the wheel centers of the outer axles of one of the trucks, or a comparison shot between one and a flexicoil? As long as they are shorter than a standard flexicoil they might still work.
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JNXT 7707: Looks like it's going to be 90+ here in Buzzardly until October
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rbturner: But it's a dry heat.
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JNXT 7707: Actually it's a jungle heat, straight up from the Gulf. John gets the dry heat out west.
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umpdan31: I'm totally with you on that, TK Dave. I've always told people if you don't like the weather here, just wait.
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JNXT 7707: That explains a lot about the both of you. Lizard DNA
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dastumer: We’re wearing T-shirts when it gets above freezing up here. 59 is plenty warm!
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ZeldaTheSwordsman: I prefer cooler. Too much heat does to my brain what leaving a soldering iron on it does to a plastic frame.
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ZeldaTheSwordsman: Track erasers... There's a thing that's the same but not specifically branded for model trains, right?
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dastumer: The bright boy is made by Walthers. One would last you several lifetimes. I never really use mine, I just go at the track with a rag and some alcohol to get the gunk off, and run a track cleaning car when it gets bad. I rarely need to clean track though.
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ZeldaTheSwordsman: Well, my track is in dire need of cleaning and I've tried rag-and-alcohol.. Didn't make much of a difference. What I was asking was if there was an equivalent to the Bright Boy that you could buy in a regular department store.
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umpdan31: As far as I know, track erasers are designed for model trains. I got mine at a LHS.
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JNXT 7707: I don't know of any Bright Boy equivalent out there. Maybe one of those dish scouring pads?
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TK Dave: ZeldaTheSwordsman, if it's general crud on the track, try ammonia on a rag. I've been able to remove thick, cigarette build up from tracks using it. If the track needs to be shined to clean metal, I use 3M dish pads, available at supermarkets
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TK Dave: then vacuum afterward.
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rbturner: Peco makes the best track eraser I have seen. Life-Like makes one too but it isn't very nice. For cleaning I switched to mineral spirits after reading the science about it on the MRH forum. It has to do with poplar and non-polar solvents leaving residues.
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