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L.G.Thek 9mm mechanism, first impressions

R4-11-8(N) N-scale powered chassis

R4-11-8(N) N-scale powered chassis

This seems to be an enlarged (!) version of the L.G.Thek Brassworks Z scale ZL01S.E. SW-00 diesel switcher mechanism by Lajos.

The chassis is equipped with a 8mm 10V coreless motor and 28″ dia. scale nickel silver wheels. It has a 6′-0″ scale wheel base and the gear ratio is 1:38. The chassis frame is made of phosphor bronze.

It is beautifully made, almost like a clockwork, and most of the parts seem to be hand made.

The mechanism arrived nicely wrapped in a solid jewel case. In fact it looks so good that it is tempting to just let it sit in the case and put it on the shelf!

Out of the box it ran very nice at slow speed, a bit noisy to start with, but much better after an hours run-in. I haven’t had the time yet to put any couplers on, but it looks like it can take a lot of weight and pull quite a little string of cars.
During the run-in it was loaded with about 14g of lead weight, resulting in a total weight of 20g. After one hour at half speed the motor was still cool.

The wheelbase is about the same as the little Kato Portram truck, but this one has a lot more power.

Now I need to find a suitable shell for this impressive little critter. For now the shortened version of the Aru Models No. 092 Hokuriku looks like a tempting candidate. Everything else I have found is just too large.

Stay tuned…

Yoshiya's Mini Hokuriku 4 Ton

Yoshiya's Mini Hokuriku 4 Ton

Dimensions

Dimensions

Size comparison

Size

Side view

Side view

End view

End view

With the Kato Portram truck

With the Kato Portram truck

Link to L.G.Thek Brassworks.

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