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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

thor73 ·
Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. I had a little time to play with the model this morning, and I've incorporated most of them, along with a few other tweaks. Here's the latest: I also added some real estate on the coupler mount to allow the use of screws in lieu of adhesive, if desired. The mount will have reference marks on it for suggested locations that avoid some features in the original body shell. There is enough room to allow up to five screws. I should clarify that the coupler...
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

suzukovich ·
That really came out great. Thank you for your effort and time. A lot of work but worth it.. Your defiantly filling a void. So what's next?
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

Laidoffsick ·
That is one awesome pilot!
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

AGHRMatt ·
This really looks promising. Keep us updated.
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

Mike DeBerg ·
Eric, Really great work! Definitely looking forward to getting a couple of these to test them out! Will be waiting to hear/see about your initial results! I have a couple Indiana Railroad SD9043's!
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

Mike DeBerg ·
Eric, As I'm looking at a couple MTH SD40-2's would be great to see new pilots for SD40-2's with this level of detail! MTH hasn't made these with fixed pilots so the interest level should be fairly high?
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

AGHRMatt ·
I can hardly wait. I'll be able to do this consist again (sold the hi-rail Bush 41 when I bought the scale-wheeled Proto-3 version):
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

thor73 ·
Hey, if anyone has the newer SD90 models, could you post a couple pics of the underside and chassis? Here is what mine looks like: I noticed as I was taking measurements on my ES44AC that the chassis and shell have features that I assume are there to accommodate mounting of the 2-rail pilot: Just curious if the newer SD90 models are set up like that as well.
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

David Minarik ·
I don't know how many of us there are out there but this is very promising! This might be a nice little side business. I am waiting for some end cab switcher pilots lol! These look much better than the spacer, pilot, shell system I made. Nice work! Dave
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

Biggs767 ·
Nice work Can't wait to try it out
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

Laidoffsick ·
I dont have any ES44s but my Dash 8s and 9s were set up that way. I bought all 3 pwered units as 2 rail but also bought the dummy 3 rail so I had all 4 road numbers. The dummy 3 rail had provisions for a 2 rail pilot but the frame was different and had to be cut as it was too long to attach a spacer and pilot.
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Re: Kadee pads on HiRail steam?

rtr12 ·
AFAIK the MTH catalogs have been listing that feature for many engines for at least the last few catalogs. I wouldn't think a misprint would be let go that long?
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Re: Kadee pads on HiRail steam?

jonnyspeed ·
I know that the recent H-10 and A5 don't have Kadee pads on the HiRail models. That's why I'm trying to figure out if this is a new offering or an old misprint that needs cleared up.
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Re: Kadee pads on HiRail steam?

jonnyspeed ·
Do I get a prize for stumping MTH?
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

Mike DeBerg ·
Hi Eric, Any updates from the first run of these conversion pilots?
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

thor73 ·
Yep, the parts arrived while I was on vacation last week. I haven't had a chance to go over them in detail, but a quick fit check looked promising: BTW, if you are ever in the Denver area, be sure to check out the Georgetown Loop Railroad. They have an operating Shay locomotive as well as a few diesels. http://georgetownlooprr.com/
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

Mike DeBerg ·
Eric, Looking really nice!
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

AGHRMatt ·
It looks great. Can't wait until they're available. I'm in for three sets.
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

thor73 ·
Well, I had a little time over the last couple nights to do a more detailed fit check, and ended up making just a few minor tweaks to the model. GP9 and ES44AC in progress... Enjoy, Eric
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

AGHRMatt ·
AWESOME! Great description and instructions on the page. Is the GP9 you're working on for the MTH locomotives?
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

suzukovich ·
I just read it too. Great instructions. If your doing MTH GP 9 that will be great. I will need 5 pairs at least.
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

CentralFan1976 ·
Pretty slick!
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Re: Kadee Conversion - 3d printed pilots for MTH SD90MAC

Mike DeBerg ·
Eric, I have a couple on order now! Looking forward to them. Will post photos! Will be watching for the ES44AC pilots!
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Re: Lionel Double Door Boxcar Kadee Conversion

CentralFan1976 ·
First the good news... I received my test prints of the Lionel double door shims today, and evidently not only are the two ends different designs, but the bolsters are different distances from the end sills; only about the width of two human hairs, but enough to make me do some work... So, one end has a nice 0.300" hole in the frame that I can use as a locator pin for the self alignment part, and that means only a single drill hole has to be put into the frame (center) and the rear hole in...
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Re: Lionel Double Door Boxcar Kadee Conversion

CentralFan1976 ·
Just did a conversion, and she's a beauty! Were down to about 6-8 minutes per car to convert, including cutting the couplers off with a dremel tool. Good luck and welcome to the future!
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Re: Lionel Double Door Boxcar Kadee Conversion

Jeff78rr ·
Mario, those look nice! You don't need to Dremel the coupler off, it should come off by first removing the C-clip on top that secures the coupler; next, flip,the truck over, and take needle nose pliers to the bottom plate which is part of the coupler. Pull outwards, twisting as you go and this plate comes off. Turn the truck back over, the coupler arm comes right off. Hope this helps.
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Re: Lionel Double Door Boxcar Kadee Conversion

CentralFan1976 ·
Jeff, you are correct... for these cars, you will have to cut off the coupler carrier. But for some cars, you don't. Just pull the coupler swing arms out, like my video. Thanks! mario
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Re: Lionel Double Door Boxcar Kadee Conversion

Jeff78rr ·
Excellent, thanks Mario-- great job on this project!
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Re: Lionel Double Door Boxcar Kadee Conversion

BobbyD ·
Mario, Any work towards a coupler box for the PS-4 scale flat cars?
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Re: Lionel Double Door Boxcar Kadee Conversion

mike g. ·
Hi Mario, Here is a dumb A** question. Most of the rolling stock I have was given to me, How do I tell what kind of car they are so I know what type of shims to get. Everything I have has been converted to Kadee with home made shims. It sure would be nice to go back and redo them so they would look and function better.
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Re: Lionel Double Door Boxcar Kadee Conversion

CentralFan1976 ·
next on my list... I drew up a rough sketch yesterday, which includes a fill for the end sill. Thanks!
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Re: Lionel Double Door Boxcar Kadee Conversion

BobbyD ·
Mike, If they are Lionel you can compare them to the catalog, or search the website, same for MTH and Atlas.
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Re: Lionel Double Door Boxcar Kadee Conversion

mike g. ·
Bob, you mean Lionel or MTH Catalogs? Like from there website?
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Re: Lionel Double Door Boxcar Kadee Conversion

CentralFan1976 ·
Mike, The might be an easier way than you think... Somewhere on Lionel car, especially the scale cars, there is a "Built by" stamp. This number is the product number, and all you have to do is put a "6-" in front of it and Google search for the details on the car. For example, look at the caboose below. The 17647 is the product number, and you would search for "6-17647". https://www.google.com/search?q=6-17647 ...and its the first one on the list! Good luck! Thanks, Mario
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Re: Lionel Double Door Boxcar Kadee Conversion

Hot Water ·
Although Mario's custom made shims are VERY nice, in my opinion I would not bother to go back and changeout any/all the "home made" shims. I have upgraded more than 100 pieces of freight rolling stock for myself, and friends, using .500" wide Evergreen styrene shims in all sorts of various thicknesses. Once the whole Kadee and shim assembly are painted to match the car underframe, and then the car is weathered, the old "three foot rule" comes into play, i.e. nobody can see them. Operation is...
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Re: Lionel Double Door Boxcar Kadee Conversion

mike g. ·
Thanks for the insite, but it probably wouldn't hurt to make an inventory of what I have to date.
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Re: Lionel Double Door Boxcar Kadee Conversion

mike g. ·
More great information!! Man I just love this Forum!!!!
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Re: Lionel Double Door Boxcar Kadee Conversion

CentralFan1976 ·
I agree! I missed that part about everything you have already being converted. Lucky dog. The only reason I can think of to swap out an existing mount is if you gain something by doing it. For example, a new mount would decrease the space between cars, like on the PS-1 boxcars, if the Kadee box wasn't flush with the end sill. Or another example would be the upcoming flat cars, where the mount would also incorporate part of the end sill to fill the opening. Thanks! Mario PS - Hot Water,...
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Re: Lionel Double Door Boxcar Kadee Conversion

BobbyD ·
Yes. The style of car PS-1 box car, Double Door etc. will narrow your selection and you can then even Google it by road name.
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Re: Lionel Double Door Boxcar Kadee Conversion

BigJohn&theWork ·
Mario, I really enjoy your design work and upon completing the move of my current layout will be converting my fleet to Kadee couplers using your conversion pads. I have two requests for you which I think will appeal to many of your customers. 1) Could you make some Kadee conversion pads for the for the Lionel Scale milk cars. I.e. The NYC ones that go with the century club Niagara. 2) When you have a finished design for any of you Kadee conversion pads; could you also make a version on...
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Re: Lionel Double Door Boxcar Kadee Conversion

CentralFan1976 ·
John... good news on both fronts. The milk cars are on deck! I have a ship-load to do, but they will take a little more work than others because of the buffer plates. Better news... steel reefers ' new design is done and in in 10-packs! oh... and if you have those fab PS-1s, these are done too! thanks!
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Re: Lionel Double Door Boxcar Kadee Conversion

CentralFan1976 ·
The double door boxcar mounts will have a round protuberance that will fit into the hole in the floor as part of the self-aligning design...
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Re: Scale City Designs new website

Marty Milner ·
Scale City's website is the new website. We have been in the automotive business for 102 years and everything we do is a part of that business. We are not the only hobby supplier who is also in the automotive business.
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Erik C Lindgren ·
Oh wow its nice !
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Re: Scale City Designs new website

Engineer-Joe ·
I don't know if you are interested in making 1/32 scale modern diesel details? I will buy them if you make them. From the smallest stuff like door pulls to anthing for them, I would be a buyer.
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Erik C Lindgren ·
Marty What is your email ?
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Re: Kadees on Lionel 89' Autorack

Engineer-Joe ·
there is a great post on the subject here on the forum. Do a search.
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Re: Kadees on Lionel 89' Autorack

Laidoffsick ·
I did mine with the enclosed spacers, Kadee 746 couplers, added weight to the cars, and beefed up the end of the floor so it don't snap off...again.
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Re: Kadees on Lionel 89' Autorack

hibar ·
Good advice, use the long shank kadees and be practical about the min radius you are running them on.JMO
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Re: Kadees on Lionel 89' Autorack

Rich Montague ·
Medium shank, car ends filled in. I cut the draft gear box sides off and file down the tab on the shank bottom to increase side swing and allow 072 operation. That's tight, though, but it works for me. Here's a short vehicle rain with some of these: RM
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