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Old 15-05-2017, 02:36 PM   #1
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I'm researching stuff for a model railway based on the moon. I intend to 3d-print shuttle bodies, to be mounted on 00-scale motorised bogies - the type found on model diesel locos or even motorised tenders. Power is not a problem as the "trains" will only be about 3 "wagons" in total length. I will need about 12 in total. I've been searching the internet, but they all seem a bit pricey in excess of 20 each. Does anybody know where I can obtain a job-lot for around 10 each?
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Old 15-05-2017, 09:23 PM   #2
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I would say no chance at all im afraid.
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Do they have to be motor bogies? Some of the little Hornby 0-4-0 shunters (Usually in steam form) can be found occasionally for under 20. I have seen a few for just below the 15 mark.
You may be best looking at the secondhand market for these shunters to knock some more money off, but only if they are suitable.
Another option is something from the old Triang range. There are long lasting hardy things that though temprimental at times, have a build quality to last generations.
Unfortunately due to the scarce availability of new spares today compared to how things used to be, the spares that come on the market are rather pricey things, hence why many locos reach scrap yards well before their expected end.
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You're right. They can be any motorised chassis. I've noticed that there are a few "Thomas the tank engine"s for around 10, that most serious modellers are not interested in. I can remove the body and use the motorised chassis.
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Percy is a good loco to butcher.
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Thomas locos are cheaper as Percy locos usually fetch a higher price due to there being 7mm narrow gauge kits.
For example, on the same chassis are the standard Hornby Smokey Joe 0-4-0's yet a Percy new is a good 10-15 higher then the standard 0-4-0, and secondhand prices don't drop that much.
However, secondhand Thomas locos do drop in price quite a bit secondhand.
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When I said Percy I was referring to the type of loco. What body it has doesn't matter if it's going to be removed. I only mentioned it because Thomas was mentioned.
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I still think finding 12 for around a 10 each is highly unlikely.
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I agree Brian. Non workers often cost that much.
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thanks for all the feedback. I've been looking on ebay and can pick up motorised chassis for around 10 -15. They seem ideal, and yes, the Percy's seem to be around the cheapest.
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