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Bachmann Gas/Electric Doodlebug
« on: June 01, 2021, 03:58:18 PM »
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I understand these suffer from the same issue as the Proto 2000 HO split gear. I have two that thump.  I believe the solution is to re-power with Japan motor/gear.  My question is which one and is it available for direct order from Japan as I don't think they are for sale in USA ?  I think some have done the repair but is it worth the effort?  I know it depends on what you want and the amount of pain you are willing to suffer is all subjective.

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Re: Bachmann Gas/Electric Doodlebug
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2021, 05:47:14 PM »
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The search button is your friend. https://www.therailwire.net/forum/index.php?topic=45919.45 See page 1.
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Re: Bachmann Gas/Electric Doodlebug
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2021, 03:51:53 PM »
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Don't fear ordering from Japan, works better than you think as long as you are patient, and hope that shipping prices return to pre-pandemic levels.   Looks like they are already coming back down.

I had split gear fails on mine to the point the wheels actually fell off, and repowering with a stretched Tomytec mechanism worked wonders.   Very happy with the results.

Mine was definitely a first generation mechanism of the Doodlebug, and even when it was new, it was a very poor performer - shelf queen.

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Re: Bachmann Gas/Electric Doodlebug
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2021, 05:29:43 PM »
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If you decide to do it, split gears can be repaired. See https://www.therailwire.net/forum/index.php?topic=49440.0

If you decide to retrofit a Japaneses power chassis, like others have said, ordering from Japan is easy and reliable.  I never had a problem.

On eBay, plaza Japan is an excellent dealer: https://www.ebay.com/str/plazajapan
Hobby search Japan is another great online shop (I just ordered a kit from them few weeks ago): https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/rail/  The search is a bit awkward, but they carry lots of spare parts and N scale powered chassis.
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