Five Shunter Challenge Pt5: Gearboxes

Today we look at the gearboxes that will be fit to the five shunter kits.

My previous models have used Branchlines gear boxes, but I was really keen to try some of the gearboxes produced by High Level Kits for the x5 shunter challenge. In fact, one of the main reasons I purchased the Sentinel and 88DS kits was because the High Level Kits gear boxes were included in both kits. This would allow me to use these gear boxes test with the remaining three locos (as they require gear boxes to be purchased separately).

The instructions for the High Level Kit gear boxes are clear and well illustrated. It is important to work through the instructions and consider the placement of the various reduction gears. Don’t rush this.

I quickly put together the little 0-4-0 gear box provided with the RT Models Sentinel kit, ensuring the folding of the nickel silver pieces were at 90 degree angles using a hold n’ fold tool.

I test fitted the gear box to the compensated chassis and gave it a running in. Everything is running well. On to the next one…

2014-10-12 20.36.44-1LR

2014-10-18 20.01.26-1LR

x5 Shunter Challenge Progress

BR Class 02 Diesel ShunterDJH

Chassis block folded. Compensation fitted. Axles Fitted.

Sentinel post war 100HP 0-4-0VBT – RT Models

Chassis block folded. Compensation fitted. Axles Fitted. Gear Box Fitted.

Ruston & Hornsby 88DSJudith Edge

Chassis block folded. Compensation fitted. Axles Fitted.

11001Judith Edge

Chassis block folded. Compensation fitted. Axles Fitted.

English Electric/Hawthorn Leslie 0-6-0DEJudith Edge

No progress

P.S. If there are any aspects of x5 shunter challenge that you want me to cover (be it soldering, equipment… anything at all) please do leave a comment or contact me by email. I will reply. You can also follow me on twitter for instant updates.

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