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Craftsman Johnson 1f.

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:05 pm
by simonmoore
I've just purchased a Craftsman Johnson 1f kit & on the website it say's OO & EM. Now surely it can be built in P4 but will this require major surgery ?
One of my friend's built me a Craftsman Nelson & he said the chassis was a pig of a thing to do & in the end he ended up fitting it to a Comet chassis. Can anyone tell me if they have built one of these kit's & have they used the chassis with the kit or replaced it with a set of Gibson frame's.
I'm trying to purchase kit's that will be within my limited modeling capability & something i am able to finish which will produce a working model & 0-6-0's seem to be my best & only real option due to being a basic design .

Simon.

Re: Craftsman Johnson 1f.

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:33 pm
by Tim V
I have a feeling it's one of the older designs, you could always post a photo of the frames for our comments?

Re: Craftsman Johnson 1f.

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:02 pm
by simonmoore
Tim V wrote:I have a feeling it's one of the older designs, you could always post a photo of the frames for our comments?


Thanks Tim when the kit arrive's i'll post some photo's for examination.

Simon.

Re: Craftsman Johnson 1f.

Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 11:45 am
by grovenor-2685
you could always post a photo of the frames for our comments?

Or if you have a scanner its often easier just to scan the etch, they can be awkward to photograph.
Regards

Re: Craftsman Johnson 1f.

Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 12:29 pm
by Alan Turner
Wait for the Bill Bedford chassis.

Alan

Re: Craftsman Johnson 1f.

Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 1:33 pm
by simonmoore
Bill's doing a chassis kit that's interesting i'll be keeping my eyes peeled for that then any idea when it is to be released??

Simon.

Re: Craftsman Johnson 1f.

Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:48 pm
by Tony W
Simon

I made the loco in the attached photo a good number of years ago. The chassis uses the original sideframes but the foldup one-piece spacer provided was unsuitable for P4 and was discarded. It wouldn't have been used in any case as this was to be a split frame chassis so I made my own spacers. As I recall it wasn't the easiest of kits to assemble but that could have just been me. I do remember having to extend the height of one of the sidetanks as it was completely lop-sided first time round - that was quite an interesting exercise in desoldering without dismantling the rest of the kit!

Hope that's of use

Tony
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Re: Craftsman Johnson 1f.

Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:56 pm
by simonmoore
Tony that look's cracking :shock:

I had a friend make me the craftsman nelson kit in OO & he said never again he hated it he calls it the kit from hell. The good news is that the kit looks superb although it is wearing a comet chassis.

I will not be using the frames that come with the kit i am going to wait for the Bill Bedford chassis kit for it. The are a few craftsman kits i wish to purchase which fit the period i want to model.

Just hope now i can produce a model as good as that :D

Simon.