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Offline Beulzibob

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Fleetline Garratt kit
« on: August 16, 2012, 12:32:47 pm »
I have just bought one of these garratt kits as a little project (still need to get the two black 5 chassis to power it) and was wondering if anyone has seen or tried to build this model. Have had a look on the internet but apart from one construction review on another site there is very little information about it.

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Re: Fleetline Garratt kit
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2012, 01:29:56 pm »
Other than the chassis mods for the one chassis the one I built was easy to build, and its enormously heavy and powerful.

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Re: Fleetline Garratt kit
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2012, 01:48:17 pm »
Yeh the motor reversal could be amusing but I should figure it out when I get to that stage.

How well does it cope with bends?

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Re: Fleetline Garratt kit
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2012, 02:12:39 pm »
9" curves fine - not tried a set-track crossover.
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Re: Fleetline Garratt kit
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2012, 03:07:16 pm »
Ah well if it dosen't cope with the crossovers it can just sit in a siding and look huge.
Now all I need to do is find some chassis at a sensible price
What did you use for the pony trucks?
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Re: Fleetline Garratt kit
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2012, 03:33:55 pm »
Ah well if it dosen't cope with the crossovers it can just sit in a siding and look huge.
Now all I need to do is find some chassis at a sensible price
What did you use for the pony trucks?

The kit I got (which is from way bach when) came with all the needed bits except for the Black 5 chassis.

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Re: Fleetline Garratt kit
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2012, 03:53:37 pm »
I will see what turns up in the kit but im pretty sure they are not in it

Thanks for the info

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Re: Fleetline Garratt kit
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2012, 05:40:55 pm »
Built mine a couple of years back using new Farish chassis (bought in 2007).
Reversing the chassis is good fun , I would have compare it to a week of visits to the dentist.  :veryangry: I found that the firebox sat too low so had to trim it back a bit, however I still do not like the pony trucks using the original GF wheels.
look forward to your progress.

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Re: Fleetline Garratt kit
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2012, 05:59:41 pm »
Hi Jerry

When you say new chassis did you use a modified new style tender driven chassis or this style?
http://www.ehattons.com/Trade/StockDetail.aspx?SID=8763

It will be some time till I start on this as they estimate 28 days for manufacture and delivery  :(

If anyone is able to post some piccies of your garratts they would be greatly appreciated.

Rob

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Re: Fleetline Garratt kit
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2012, 09:43:18 pm »
No the old ones, that is what the kit is designed to take. I recal back in the murky past someone from the NGS using a german 2-6-4 tank to provide the chassis units, but he was modifying it to be a South African or Rhodesian (can I still use that term ?) loco so the German red wheel rims were not a problem.

I will try and post some pictures tomorrow.
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Re: Fleetline Garratt kit
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2013, 01:05:57 pm »
I   have   made   dozens   of  these,    1st  you   must   get  2   chassis  that   will   roughly   run   at  tha  same   speed,  then  reversing   the  running   gear   on   one   is  a   bit   fiddly  but   after   you   have   made   a   few  it   becomes   quite   easy,   the  connecting   link  on   the   water   cart  can   over   run  and   jam  the  running  gear   now  and   again  specially  if  the   two   chassis  are  not   speed   matched,  I  f  this   does  occure  you   remove  the  top   of   the   water   cart  and   with   a    very   fine   needle  revolve  the   brass   worm   gear  till  the  connecting   link  is  at   full   stretch  and   gently  flick  it  back   into   place,
I    hope  this  is   of   some   help  to   any one   who  is   building  one,  all   mine   run   perfectly  [fingers  Xsd ]

 

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