So, I got tired of messing about in the itchulation and sheet rock dust and decided to get cleaned up and at least START working on something more fun.
That something is a little tank locomotive. It is an HO loco now, will become a Gn15. The name comes from my good friend who gave me the little machine. Locomotives typically have names, so this one is Andrew!
The poor little thing didn't have a motor and the axle frame was broken off and bent. It is white metal so I'll just cut it off and make a new frame. I will re-use the steam cylinders and the block they mount on as well as the front 'bumper'. That part of the casting is solid and looks good. I'll make the new frame attach with screws probably.
I dug in my parts boxes and came up with a small motor and a worm gear that matches the gear on the locomotive axle. I'll have to drill out the gear for a press fit on the motor shaft. The shaft is long enough so I can support the outboard end of it in a bearing in the new frame. Should work out well.
note: for scale, that worm gear is about 1/2" long.