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Re: BLI Mike initial impressions
« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2019, 03:50:14 PM »
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Well, after playing some more with my unit, my initial enthusiasm is tempered by the usual weirdness...

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Re: BLI Mike initial impressions
« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2019, 04:15:12 PM »
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@Point353

Sound ready = 8 pin plug for decoder in tender; no special provision for speaker.  In fact, the Mike's tender doesn't actually have anything special for the speaker; the speaker is simply mounted on a plastic baffle that press-fits into the top of the shell.

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Re: BLI Mike initial impressions
« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2019, 04:29:28 PM »
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Btw, anyone, what does the boiler/cab assembly look like? Is it something that could be replaced with another boiler/cab somewhat easily? I have some nice ATSF mikado boiler castings... 8)

Just out of curiosity..... are those boiler castings available somewhere?  I generally hear about these things somewhere between 1 day and 30 years after the last one is sold.
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Re: BLI Mike initial impressions
« Reply #18 on: July 28, 2019, 09:31:15 PM »
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Lol, we’ll, I shouldn’t laugh. Superturbine cast some for me years ago off a brass Key ATSF Mike. And no, I don’t have any extras, sorry...
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Re: BLI Mike initial impressions
« Reply #19 on: July 28, 2019, 11:16:26 PM »
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Lol, we’ll, I shouldn’t laugh. Superturbine cast some for me years ago off a brass Key ATSF Mike. And no, I don’t have any extras, sorry...
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Re: BLI Mike initial impressions
« Reply #20 on: July 29, 2019, 12:07:25 AM »
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Lol.  No need for anyone to rush on my account.  I have enough unfinished projects to keep me busy well into the mid 2020s.  And if there are 2-10-2 shells coming, that would be one or two more projects right there.
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Re: BLI Mike initial impressions
« Reply #21 on: July 29, 2019, 09:44:30 AM »
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Lol.  No need for anyone to rush on my account.  I have enough unfinished projects to keep me busy well into the mid 2020s.  And if there are 2-10-2 shells coming, that would be one or two more projects right there.

What prototype 2-10-2 locomotive are those shells modeled on? And, what mechanism do they fit?  (Wanting a B&O "Big Six" Santa Fe type 2-10-2.)

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Re: BLI Mike initial impressions
« Reply #22 on: July 29, 2019, 11:22:10 AM »
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@Maletrain - I was just picking up on the comment from @rodsup9000 up above- hoping that whichever ATSF 2-10-2 he was working on for Adam would become available for the rest of us as well. 
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Re: BLI Mike initial impressions
« Reply #23 on: July 29, 2019, 05:25:36 PM »
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Is anyone making a 2-10-2 mechanism, or just hacking up a Kato Mikado and adding a fifth driver?

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Re: BLI Mike initial impressions
« Reply #24 on: July 29, 2019, 06:05:56 PM »
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Both Bachmann and ConCor have made 2-10-2 mechanisms in the past.  The Bachmann is better.
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Re: BLI Mike initial impressions
« Reply #25 on: July 29, 2019, 06:43:36 PM »
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@Maletrain - I was just picking up on the comment from @rodsup9000 up above- hoping that whichever ATSF 2-10-2 he was working on for Adam would become available for the rest of us as well.


Is anyone making a 2-10-2 mechanism, or just hacking up a Kato Mikado and adding a fifth driver?


    3800 class

  Yes, these will be made available to the public.
 First thing that I need to do, is get a prototype made of the frame and get all the bugs worked out to run smoothly as possible. The frame will take Kato mike parts (drivers and gears) and will be cast out of lead free britannica metal. Motor will hopefully be the one Kato uses in the FEF's, (note to self to get a couple ordered). I'm going to try to etch the drive rods and valve gear myself for the prototype and if that doesn't work, I'll have them done.  Once I have a good running chassis, the boiler shell will be printed with one of the photons. Some of the details will be on the etched sheet with the rods and valve gear. Tender will use Bachmann trucks and tender frame and shell will be printed also.



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Re: BLI Mike initial impressions
« Reply #26 on: July 29, 2019, 07:14:59 PM »
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Both Bachmann and ConCor have made 2-10-2 mechanisms in the past.  The Bachmann is better.

The Bachman may be better, but it’s wrong, way too small for a heavy 3800.
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Re: BLI Mike initial impressions
« Reply #27 on: July 29, 2019, 07:16:36 PM »
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    3800 class

  Yes, these will be made available to the public.
 First thing that I need to do, is get a prototype made of the frame and get all the bugs worked out to run smoothly as possible. The frame will take Kato mike parts (drivers and gears) and will be cast out of lead free britannica metal. Motor will hopefully be the one Kato uses in the FEF's, (note to self to get a couple ordered). I'm going to try to etch the drive rods and valve gear myself for the prototype and if that doesn't work, I'll have them done.  Once I have a good running chassis, the boiler shell will be printed with one of the photons. Some of the details will be on the etched sheet with the rods and valve gear. Tender will use Bachmann trucks and tender frame and shell will be printed also.

You go Rodney!
This deserves its own thread...
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Re: BLI Mike initial impressions
« Reply #28 on: July 29, 2019, 07:33:39 PM »
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Hard for me to bite on the B&O light Mike. The headlight is clearly wrong for the vast majority of B&O mikes.

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Re: BLI Mike initial impressions
« Reply #29 on: July 29, 2019, 08:32:57 PM »
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Hard for me to bite on the B&O light Mike. The headlight is clearly wrong for the vast majority of B&O mikes.

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