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Ideal Starting Locomotive(s) for HOn30? »

From various. Are there any locomotives that would be considered as an ideal starting point for someone wishing to enter the world of HOn30? So far, I have seen mostly kits/conversions that involve (in my experience) rather touchy mechanisms like Bachmann 0-4-0 and MDT models. Are Fleischmann 0-4-0 mechanisms worth looking at?

Disassembling an AHM 0-4-0 Baldwin »

From various I am sure to some of you this is a dumb question, but I would rather be careful. I have an old AHM 0-4-0 Baldwin that I want to take apart. Is the body clipped on or do the screws hold it on? Has anyone ever tried mounting the body on the Life-Like […]

Window finishing on solid castings of autos and/or boats »

Wed 19 Sep 2005 I am finishing a small model of a work Tug boat from, “Model Tech Studios”. The kit contains solid resin castings of a hull, cabin and deckhouse. The model looks good and is perfect for a scene on my Knowlton & Northley HOn30 RR. I am not happy with my efforts […]

Tuning tips for the Bachmann Plymouth »

From Jeff, 14 Jan 2005 Hey guys, Just thought I’d share a few tuning tips that I used to tune my two (new version) Bachmann Plymouths. I received my new gems from Big Al/B&F yesterday. I test ran the first and was pleasantly surprised at how well it ran right out of the box. For […]

Recipes for powered boxcar and Forney truck »

From Bob Hayden Thu, 26 Jun 1997 To the Mail Car members: Fellow HOn30 modeler Peter Bartlett of England faxed me a question about building a powered boxcar for the Carrabasset & Dead River. Here’s my reply to him, plus a note about building an all-wheel pickup Forney trailing truck. POWERED BOXCAR RECIPE My powered […]

More Mavis »

From Charles Hansen, 16 Jul 2004 The body on all my critters is a simple press fit and this shows how I build up the chassis with styrene strip for this.

Bachmann 2-8-0 Conversion »

From Jim Scott, Wed 11 Feb 2004 After all these months of fear and procrastination, my conversion of the Bachmann N 2-8-0 to HOn30 is complete. Check out the photo on the group site: Bachmann 2-8-0 Conversion. It is my first attempt at a conversion, and it shows… at least close up. To explain the […]