The Highlander Models production kit builds begin.

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  1. York Paul

    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    The new etches for the first two Highlander Models kits are now available to test build and this last Holiday weekend saw Toto and Dundee deliver the goodies, so I'm building the Class 27 and Dundee is taking on the Class 26 and that way Highlander gets the benefit of a team build, things are really kicking off now. Anyway here is my offering of the first two modified inner bogie frames, one frame is fitted with a Delrin chain drive whilst the other will be non powered, these locos are going to form the Highlander Models shop window and travelling display.



     
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    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    How do the frames feel for rigidity ?

    Looking good, I will start and document the build process - just starting to download all the pics and text.

    Paul
     
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    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    Frames are rigid. You will fly this one Dundee... it took me less than an hour to build the non powered bogie.
     
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    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Looking very good. :thumbs:
     
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    Good work chaps, my Psycologist will be very releaved....:avatar:
     
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    ianvolvo46 Staff Member Moderator

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    :thumbup::thumbup:

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    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    Here is the result of today's bench work, we now have a basic Class 27 bogie fabrication with the gussets, brake rigging and bogie side retaining pins all to be fitted tomorrow. That will be as far as we can go until the new white metal castings become available when completion of dressing the bogie will happen, however I still have the other one to make up. Next step will be to start the mainframes and continue to document the process for Dundee and Toto to compile into an instruction manual. Anyway here is the latest picture of the new Highlander Models loco bogie... enjoy:thumbs:

     
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    Looking really good Paul.

    My gearboxes arrived today, still need to order up motors tho'.

    Paul
     
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    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    What gearboxes did you get Paul?
     
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    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    The Roxey Mouldings 7G26-18 26:1 gear box for the Mashima 1824 & 1833 motors. The etch has them as 726S (Short).


    Paul
     
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    On that subject. what would be the motor of choice for Highlander Models?
     
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    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    Up to press Steve we are leaning heavily towards the 1833 type as supplied by Taff Vale because they are reliable and quiet, gearing would be 26:1 ratio by Roxey, we prefer the smaller Mashima mount ring size which fits perfectly on the Roxey motor mount as opposed to the much larger Cannon bearing which is not suitable for fitting into diesel power bogies. The final decision of course rests with Toto as proprietor of the Company.
     
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    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    Further to my previous comment because axle space permits it is also quite possible to fit Delrin drives providing the drive cog is fitted nearest to the wheels and the flange is inwards, however the Delrin cog nearest the motor mount has to have 2.5mm trimmed off the flange side. I do believe that a thinner cog is available from the UK Delrin supplier but as yet I haven't purchased any.
     
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    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    If there is a made to measure cog, the details can be posted on here and the Highlander site for potential customers. :thumbs: in fact all and any recommended parts come to that. Including motors and gears etc,

    Cheers

    Toto
     
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    OK you know Mashima is apparantly no longer made? Or has that been sorted. The last I knew the machines making them were so old they couldn't be replaced...
     
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    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    I think there is a load of hype about what's happened to mashima and their availability in order to justify the price hike. If they were available widely, the inflated price would be expected to drop thereby ending the rip off that currently exists.

    Taffvale are selling a very similar product for a fraction of the price. Fair enough, has it been tested over time ...... Maybe not but reports are good.
     
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    Keith M Staff Member Moderator

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    I have heard unconfirmed reports that the Mashima company is now under new ownership, which seems possible as it would be sold on as a going concern rather than just shut down. There have been reports that the Mashima company closure was the result of the manufacturer of the magnets used in the motors ceasing production, but that seems unlikely given the easy availability of alternative magnets (from China if not Japan!). I had no problem getting an 1828 motor from 'High Level kits' at the York show.
    Keith.
     
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    I'll double check to see if the Taff Vale product will fit my standard motor plate (Which was for an 1833) but I'm sure it will. Who's buffers will Highlander Models be using? The Markits one's that would suit a Class 24 and 25 are too long.
     
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    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    I was contacfting Nairnshire models for a couple of things including axle bushes but I think they have went out of business. i'll need to source suitable bearings etc. The Taffvale models motors are exactly the same as the mashima and do fit. I'll be recommending these to anybody who buys a kit.

    toto
     
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    For Buffers try JPL..Markits frame bushes are available in packs of 100...
     

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