FlyerChief Baldwins

I am going to do the review of the FlyerChief Baldwins for the S Gaugian and I wrote and asked Ryan Kunkle when he thought they might be in.  I also told him I ordered the engine from Charles Ro.  Here is his answer.

I thought it was good news that my Christmas present was probably going to make it under the tree.

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Bill,

These are scheduled to go on the water 11/5. We typically allow about 6 weeks for arrival. I would expect them at Ro sometime mid-December – just before Christmas.

Thank you,

Ryan

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That's good news Bill. Looking forward to running my PBR "Patapsco" engine.

All this time I thought it was the PATAPSCO and BLACK  River RR but it's the PATAPSCO and BACK  RIVER RR. Like many railroads it was given a nick name... "THE PUSH, BUMP AND RAM".

I'm going to add the front and rear railings somehow like the real engine had. I think those sold by American Models might work.

 

Mark

 

 

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I am looking forward to my C&NW unit.  With the two motors and sound I’m hopping it’s a winner.  After having my flyerchief UP GP7 for several months I have decided I’m going to sell it.  The motor noise is way to loud, and it’s just not that smooth of a runner. I am hoping for better luck with the Baldwin.  It really has some good potential.  

Ben

NASG&CASG

 With the two motors and sound I'm hopping it's a winner.

I know Flyerchief touts the use of railsounds but none of the catalog descriptions mention railsounds or the associated on/off switch like the GP7 descriptions. I hope it has sound also but with 2 motors and a pc board it must be mighty crowded in that shell!

Rich

 

richabr posted:

 With the two motors and sound I'm hopping it's a winner.

I know Flyerchief touts the use of railsounds but none of the catalog descriptions mention railsounds or the associated on/off switch like the GP7 descriptions. I hope it has sound also but with 2 motors and a pc board it must be mighty crowded in that shell!

Rich

 

From Dave Olsen's post regarding sound way back in February.  The cad drawing for the fuel tank/speaker enclosure, which the originals didn't have and switches:

Rusty

banjoflyer posted:

 

I'm going to add the front and rear railings somehow like the real engine had. I think those sold by American Models might work.

 

A "quick and dirty" way to add front and rear railings on the Flyonel Baldwins  (i.e. those with applied handrails, as opposed to the Gilbert Baldwins with molded on handrails)  is to shape them from the very thin wire found in a "twist tie" after the paper covering the wire has been removed (the long twist ties found with the trash bags one uses in garbage cans or to bag leaves seem to work best ) and then slip the ends under the low railings on the front and rear pilots, which will hold them in place . 

The advantage is that you do not have to drill into the car body and the railings can be easily removed if you ever want to sell the locomotive and the buyer wants it in the condition in which it left the factory.  It ain't perfect (or prototypical), but it meets the "3 foot rule" (i.e. it looks pretty good from 3 feet away), and the railings (which are "scale size" in diameter) can be bent back into shape easily after rough handling by busy little grandchildren. 

LittleTommy 

Mark:  I received my plastic handrails from AM.  They come in clear and are all are attached to the casting core so will be easy to paint.  The cost was only $4 while the metal ones list for $12.  Shipping & handling $7.25 so I had to grin and wished I had ordered more of them.

Bill

That's good news Bill. The price of $4.00 is great. Shipping is always a pain.

If you try to add them to the earlier Flyonel Baldwin you own take pictures and post a "How-To" here on the forum. If it works out well I'm sure I and others will add them to the new Baldwins we have on order.

Mark

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