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Hallmark DS4-4-6
« on: September 30, 2008, 09:27:30 PM »
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I just won this DS4-4-660:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170264832461

And I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on improving the mechanism.  I am also open to replacement as an option because I plan on painting a detailing the thing anyway.
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Re: Hallmark DS4-4-6
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2008, 11:36:43 PM »
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Try it out first. Some run fairly decent, if noisy(all brass gears I believe). Outer's "Gunslick" is a fantastic lube for all brass gears. It will quickly quiet things down. If I remember correctly, these are geared at "slot-car" speed, so the Atlas "slow speed" motor (if it will fit) would be helpful. If the Atlas motor won't fit, a Faulhaber gear-head motor is an exspensive, but good solution. Once you find a workable drive-train set-up, you can add lots of weight inside that brass shell, which will help many things, like electrical pick-up and pulling power, and still have room for several of the new "micro" DCC decoders, if you want to go that way. As I recall, these are fairly nice models overall, so think of it as an "enginnerring project" for a good drive-train. Best of luck to you.

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Re: Hallmark DS4-4-6
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2008, 11:04:39 AM »
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I have a Hallmark U30B - it runs very well - nice slow speed performance. So yeah, see how it runs first.

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Re: Hallmark DS4-4-6
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2008, 08:40:31 AM »
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Well, I'm going to have to commit blasphemy and detail the thing.  The lack of details on the roof is horrendous; and as much as I paid for this thing, I want something that looks exactly like NS 661.  So, I've asked the gods* for roof shots, and maybe I'll get them and the model at about the same time.



*gods in this case being the Norfolk Southern photo gods
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Re: Hallmark DS4-4-6
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2008, 08:05:13 PM »
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I finally received this thing from the other end of Canada.  It seems to run decently, but it is far too loud for my tastes, so a repower is going to happen.  I'm thinking about keeping the motor, but I will be applying new trucks.

I've also got to figure out how to redetail the thing.
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