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Hi,

I'm half toying with the idea of trying out a kit and would quite like to have a go at a Nu-Cast Sentinel Y1 Shunter.

Has anyone on the forum built one of these?

Are they difficult for a novice?

I was kind of hoping that the fact that it runs on a Teshondo motor bogie would make it easier as it eliminates the need to build a chasis??

Can Teshondo motor bogies be DCC'ed?

Thanks,

Walter
 

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indeed a tenshodo can be DCC'd.

the nucast kits are a bit hit and miss. the trouble is the company has not really evolved at all since at least the late 90's and possible many years before that.

The quality of the castings is also pretty variable but should not be a problem.

Make sure you ger the right solder (70 degree) and carrs red flux (not red LABEL flux) and it should be easy.

I have built the nu-cast/kays garratt.


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I've built the Sentinel. It requires some careful dressing of the main castings to achieve a seamless fit at the corners - you want it to look like a tin box , not 4 great slabs of whitemetal stuck together. The curved top of the ends and the underside of the roof also need careful dressing to achieve a good fit, and a touch of filler will probably be needed to ensure a smooth top on both sides to the bunker (Mind you this will carry a load of coal on top which helps)

Chassis is simple - a Tenshodo . These can be converted to DCC , but I understand the process involves breeaking in and severeing internal pickup strips. I haven't attempted it - the layout the Y3 runs on isn't going DCC. There should be plenty of room inside for a decoder though.

Frankly the performance of the Tenshodo was the least satifactory part of the model . I hate Tenshodos. But to fit a Beetle would mean discarding the large whitemetal casting to which you mount the motor bogie and designing and building your own motor bogie mounting/floor/chassis

Cost is £30 from West Coast Models - plus the Tenshodo
 

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QUOTE (Ravenser @ 20 Jul 2007, 13:27) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Chassis is simple - a Tenshodo . These can be converted to DCC , but I understand the process involves breeaking in and severeing internal pickup strips. I haven't attempted it - the layout the Y3 runs on isn't going DCC. There should be plenty of room inside for a decoder though.

Its very simple. just 1 screw and slide the bottom off. if you can use a soldering iron then its a dead easy conversion.

Peter
 
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