Re: My fixed Key C-17

Jim Spencer

Also add: Nice Save!. I had one of those babies and it was IMHO the worst brass narrow gauge loco ever done by Key. After realizing its running problems, I too purchased another motor, a small Mashima, and was looking to redo how it was mounted in order to install a conventional gear box. But I instead decided not to model the RGS and got rid of all my RGS locos, including #42.

When I sold it, it was unpainted, the Namiki motor was still good and there were no missing parts. So I doubt mine migrated to your neck of the woods. But for you to solve its inherent design problems: more power to you!

On Apr 17, 2018, at 10:07 AM, Martin Fischer <Martinfischer8@...> wrote:

Hi group,

as I got good help from this group for my project I'd like to show you the finished model.

A bit of history: I bought this model more than 25 years ago in the pre-Internet days. I was on a service called Compuserve back then were I met this seller, a guy from the UK. He offered several HOn3 models and I got me this one - and was ripped off. Motor burned out, crosshead guide broken, siderod screw missing, details bent and broken. Complaints didn't help and the box was put on the shelf.

Since then every few years I opened the box and fiddled around a bit and finally put it back.

So a few weeks ago I finally got serious:

- luckily I had an old Sagami motor that could easily be fitted to the motor holder.
- after adding some drops of oil were needed, the loco started moving nicely on my test track - initial success!
So then I went ahead and
- fiddled with the siderods until the bind was gone,
- replaced or repaired detail parts,
- repainted some areas and highlighted some details with color (wood extension on tender, window frame, etc.)
- as I can't find MV lenses in Europe I found some lenses by AK interactive that would fit and added them.

One thing I didn't do because I didn't actually figure out how to do it was to add phosphor bronze strips to the tender connection.

So now I have a nice running engine and feel a lot of satisfaction with my achievement.

Long story short: I think there is something satisfying with fiddling around with an old brass growler and get it to a working state again.

And this group was very helpful in doing that.


James G. Spencer, Architect, AIA

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