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Kumata Silverliner Project is finally done
« on: October 04, 2014, 09:26:59 PM »
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When I bought this Silverliner for my book project, it ran terrible-  as most long axle Kumatas do.
--Cracked u-joint cups (typical Kumata)
--Wobbly wormshafts (typical Kumata)
end result- electric razor on wheels (almost).

Changes:
New plastic main drive gear (quieter).
Added flywheels.
Replaced u-joint.
added weight for better electrical pickup.
Added TCS Z-2 decoder.
Added support for the motor (motor sits on decoder!)
blacked everything so inside in unnoticeable.
Added windows.
Added black numberboards and correct numbers (side and noses).
Added proper PRR Keystone.
Added excellent fiber optic headlights (stock is unlit).
Made light board with TCS micro-plug socket for easier service.
Added heatshield for motor (to protect wires for light board).
Z scale couplers (though I also have MT 1025, and a drawbar) - stock had nothing.

Here are some photos in a couple of posts.
I didn't feel like editing them. (sorry).

Made a 2.3 minute movie to show how quiet this thing is and how it creeps.

Enjoy.

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Re: Kumata Silverliner Project is finally done
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2014, 09:29:28 PM »
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Re: Kumata Silverliner Project is finally done
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Re: Kumata Silverliner Project is finally done
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Re: Kumata Silverliner Project is finally done
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Re: Kumata Silverliner Project is finally done
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2014, 09:37:25 PM »
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A few more to go.









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Re: Kumata Silverliner Project is finally done
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2014, 09:43:33 PM »
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That's all.

I'm glad this is done.

Out of all the Kumata brass pieces I have worked with, this was the hardest to come by.
These are very very rare (only 60 pieces made in Pennsy, 30 in Reading).

I could never find anyone who had one after posting on multiple boards for a year.

In the end I had to buy one (ouch- I feel like Spookshow, LOL).

So now it is done.  My book moves a "fraction" closer to completion.

I'll be listing this to sell in the next week or so.
If there are any PRR or brass fans, message me privately.  I'm finished with it.

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Re: Kumata Silverliner Project is finally done
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2014, 12:18:11 AM »
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Very neat. I think of brass like mechanical watches or old cheese.. They can be very good, but when they go bad, watch out!
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Re: Kumata Silverliner Project is finally done
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2014, 01:28:44 AM »
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It is not finished - the wheels need to be blackened!   :trollface:  :D
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Re: Kumata Silverliner Project is finally done
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2014, 08:33:38 AM »
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Running that slow, you should have lettered them for Penn Central, but then again, they now run too smoothly.   :)

Great work, as usual!   :D

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Re: Kumata Silverliner Project is finally done
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2014, 09:19:59 AM »
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Fantastic job! Are those the stock pantographs that came with it? I'm looking for ones that look like those for my Metroliner rebuild.

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Re: Kumata Silverliner Project is finally done
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2014, 10:46:01 AM »
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I like the idea of fastening the lights to the shell and making them unpluggable.  Sure seems easier than fastening the lights to the frame and trying to keep them in the right place.

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Re: Kumata Silverliner Project is finally done
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2014, 11:29:34 AM »
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EXCELLENT WORK!!!!!
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Re: Kumata Silverliner Project is finally done
« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2014, 03:33:29 PM »
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Fantastic job! Are those the stock pantographs that came with it? I'm looking for ones that look like those for my Metroliner rebuild.

Yes.  The pants are stop.

I did nothing to them.
They are already blackened.  Nice.
And sprung.
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Re: Kumata Silverliner Project is finally done
« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2014, 03:35:22 PM »
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It is not finished - the wheels need to be blackened!   :trollface:  :D

Yeah, well.

I'm hoping that someone who has a set already will want this one too.  Pennsy did run some in 4 unit sets.
The wheels must match, right?  wink wink.
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