Here is my second attempt at building a locomotive which looks like an official set from the 1980s and will fit into my 12v layout.
This locomotive was inspired by set 162 which was released in 1977:
and here it is:
I guess it was probably built by the same company who manufactured the 7760 shunting loco!
I tried adding an exhaust pipe rising from the top of the engine housing, but I was never happy with the look. I also tried red lamps at each corner but it looked terrible!
It took me 3 attempts to get the frame and bogies to work correctly. In my first version the buffers and couplers were attached to the frame but it could not negotiate a set of points successfully. This is the final version which I am very happy with:
And this is what is going on under the body. Yes, the frame and body is attached to the bogies with only four studs. But it's very sturdy:
One final picture of it hauling a maintenance train:
Edited by TheBrickster, 09 July 2009 - 01:58 PM.