Hornby GER J15 0-6-0 EasiChas

 

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The first test etch Test etch assembled With the rods fitted First test run

The EasiChas for the Hornby model of the GER J15 0-6-0 consists of fold-up etches to convert the locomotive to either EM or P4 including new coupling rods, locomotive guard irons, balance weights, ashpan and replacement brake gear.

David Barham's blog about the design and development of the kit is well worth reading.

David has already assembled the test etch and it ran successfully first time - see his video of this https://youtu.be/QbPApw3bIyQ

It looks even better with the body on - https://youtu.be/jfFBwiH925E

The choice of wheels is still under consideration after assembling the first test etch. The Easichas was designed around wheels with 1/8" diameter axles and retains the Hornby gearwheel. We suggest using Alan Gibson 4'7" 15-spoke rather than his 4'10" 16-spoke because we think the correct number of spokes will be more noticeable than the 0.5mm difference in radius. Also, the reduction in radius will reduce the amount of material you have to scrape off the inside of the splashers to fit the body back onto the chassis. Another good reason is that the prototype tyres would have been turned down over the life of the locomotive and therefore the wheels would become less than 4'10" in diameter!

However thoughts are now back to the 4'10" 16-spoke type because the 4'7" didn't look right when fitted - they seemed too small. Watch this space for our final recommendation.

 

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