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Need parts for Kumata loco
« on: September 16, 2013, 10:37:27 AM »
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Anybody have a trashed Kumata locomotive-- like maybe dropped on the floor, stepped on, or otherwise ruined?

I need a pair of the distinctive Kumata gearboxes.

I'm hoping to report on a blockbusted project.

I already have two KMT locos (an RS-2 and a Trainmaster) but I'd have to retire one for parts if I don't find other options- and I'd rather not do that.

Any help would be appreciated.


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Re: Need parts for Kumata loco
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2013, 06:50:08 PM »
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Ron,

There was a thread on here not long ago where a modeller had written to Kumato in Japan and they had all the spares available. I have an RS3 in the same boat and will be writing to them soon.

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Al
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Re: Need parts for Kumata loco
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2013, 06:57:05 PM »
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Ron<

http://www.kmt.co.jp/en/contact/

Try that link and see what happens.

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Al
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Re: Need parts for Kumata loco
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2013, 10:17:23 PM »
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Ron,

There was a thread on here not long ago where a modeller had written to Kumato in Japan and they had all the spares available. I have an RS3 in the same boat and will be writing to them soon.

Regards

Al

Wasn't Ron himself the person who contacted Kumata and got the parts he needed?  :?
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Re: Need parts for Kumata loco
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2013, 10:20:37 PM »
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Ron,

There was a thread on here not long ago where a modeller had written to Kumato in Japan and they had all the spares available. I have an RS3 in the same boat and will be writing to them soon.

Regards

Al

Al,
The modeler you mentioned is me, and I was fortunate enough to get all of the parts I needed and then some from Kumata when I wrote to them, and they where very friendly and helpful while doing so. I am not sure what they have in stock, if anything anymore, but I would certainly try contacting them anyway (that goes for you, too, Ron). Although, I did hear from a fellow forum member who also asked Kumata for parts not too long after I contacted them that they replied to him stating that they did not any have parts left.
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Re: Need parts for Kumata loco
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2013, 10:27:29 PM »
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Yes, Christian had contacted them.

And I did too. 

I got a few screws, crown gears and only a couple of headless screw truck retainers.

When I asked about more various parts, they said they didn't have any more.
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Re: Need parts for Kumata loco
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2013, 03:36:04 PM »
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I am after he worm gear mount which are two pieces that hold the bearings and screw to the base plate. I can do it two ways, 1. Make a urethane casting of the good one and then send it away and have it cast in brass or 2. Just use the urethane castings.

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Re: Need parts for Kumata loco
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2013, 03:38:49 PM »
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I don't think urethane is going to work. Those things need to conduct electricity.

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Re: Need parts for Kumata loco
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2013, 06:31:06 PM »
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Mark is correct.

The gearboxes must be metal since they are electrically "hot" and carry the electricity from the trucks to the motor-- either by jumper wire or by the frame itself.

Even though it is soft, pewter might be a way to go- as far as making castings and copies.

And just for reference sake, not all gearboxes are identical.  I have seen three versions.

The slot for the gear-retaining headless screw is either level with the frame (E units, for example) or it drops down (ALCOs and SD40-2).


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