Build a critter with a Bachmann Gandy dancer ?

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Build a critter with a Bachmann Gandy dancer ?

Postby Reignac » Sun Dec 08, 2013 2:19 pm

Hello,
did anyone ever build a critter (or anything else) with a H0 Bachmann "Gandy dancer" like this one below?
Thanks by advance for your answers.
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Postby Bilco » Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:00 pm

Hi Christian,

I used the Gandy Dancer for my Solva look-alike http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t=6233&start=0

I removed the figures, the rocking levers and operating rod, and the tool racks on each side of the motor. It runs nice and slowly with lots of weight, but my critter doesn't have to pull anything, so I don't know how it would do with wagons behind.
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Postby Reignac » Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:26 pm

Thanks! I'm going to build something...but what ?

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Postby Reignac » Mon Dec 09, 2013 5:56 pm

Can I use a Pepper7 locomotive kit with this "Gandy Dancer" ?

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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:32 pm

CHRISTIAN wrote:Can I use a Pepper7 locomotive kit with this "Gandy Dancer" ?


I think that the Gandy Dancer is the wrong wheelbase for any of the Sidelines locos. As the mechanism only powers one axle, it is doubtful whether it will haul much. I would suggest some sort of speeder like This O9 one

As an aside, it's only when I looked at the photo I realised that I now own both the featured model, and the layout! :shock:

If you put the phrase narrow gauge speeder into Google Images, it will give you lots of inspiration (hopefully) 8)
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Postby Boghopper » Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:48 pm

Bilco wrote:Hi Christian,

I used the Gandy Dancer for my Solva look-alike http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t=6233&start=0

I removed the figures, the rocking levers and operating rod, and the tool racks on each side of the motor. It runs nice and slowly with lots of weight, but my critter doesn't have to pull anything, so I don't know how it would do with wagons behind.


Bill, I'd forgotten how charming your Solva look-alike is. The driver looks particularly realistic with his fingers curled round the upright.
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Postby Reignac » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:19 pm

OK. Thanks. I need a new idea. See you soon in another topic!

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Postby Alexanderrainer » Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:28 am

I used the Bachmann gandy dancer for this critter here:

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Removed the two figures and mounted a very simple polystyrene bodyshell on it. It needs very much weight for reasonable running.

The biggest disadvantage are the uncovered gear-wheels underneath, as they are real mud traps and running can get really bad after a short time.
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Postby Reignac » Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:16 pm

Very funny. :D
It looks like a little chair on four wheels.

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Postby bandmbill » Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:17 pm

Motorised chair on 4 wheels - good description!

Looks good to me!
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Postby Reignac » Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:00 pm

Today, I changed my mind and I'm going to the dark side: H0e or 009 scale. Please don't shoot ! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Postby Geeky Gecko » Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:20 pm

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I model in 009 too and nobody has shot me yet. 8)
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Postby Reignac » Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:54 pm

Geeky Gecko wrote:Christian
I model in 009 too and nobody has shot me yet. 8)

Thanks. Good news ! :lol:

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Postby Glen A » Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:43 am

Under construction:
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Finished:
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Postby Reignac » Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:23 am

Great work Glen. Thanks for the pics. :D

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Postby bandmbill » Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:59 am

Geeky Gecko wrote:Christian
I model in 009 too and nobody has shot me yet. 8)


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Postby rue_d_etropal » Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:50 am

of the earlier, almost pre-Spectrum Bachmann the Gandy Dancer is one of the better motor chassis. Possibly because it was so compact, it had to be designed the way it is and by chance that has meant it is well balanced. Hopefully Bachmann won't be tempted to DCC it, as it would probably result in an inferior unit for the rest of us.

Christian, as you have experience with OO9, then either O9 or G9 would be an easy step. Maybe changing gauge as the problem, not the scale. An alternative, which I am trying is 1/32 using 9mm gauge track. The Kato motor unit is a good start point and cheap.


The Gandy Dancer has given me an idea. It might be suitable for some of the motorized speeders used in WW1.
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Postby Reignac » Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:25 am

rue_d_etropal wrote:The Gandy Dancer has given me an idea. It might be suitable for some of the motorized speeders used in WW1.

Can't wait for the photos! Maybe a new topic...

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Postby rue_d_etropal » Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:49 am

Although 40cm(15in) gauge as used in WW1 it was only hand worked, but I think I might have drawings for some of these speeders to do one in 1/35.

just found a drawing, but wheels are a lot bigger, more like proper ng wagon wheels. in 1/35 they are 14mm diameter.
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Gandy Dancer

Postby Uncle Tel » Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:33 am

[quote="Glen A"]Under construction:
[img]http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb41/Gn15Glen/Speeder1.jpg[/img]

Finished:
[img]http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb41/Gn15Glen/MotorizedChair.jpg[/img][/quote]

Great Model

Reminds of a loo on wheels


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