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    has anyone ever built a working one of these little guys? I can imagine building a slightly oversized on off of one of those kato powered chassis if you could find one small enough. Seems like it would be fun

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    just found this awesome build thread from way back, wish I could see the finished build.

    http://www.nscale.net/forums/content...90-Trackmobile
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    A trackmobile is a lot larger than a speeder. Unless you did a closed cab speeder, or an open one with the curtains closed, there isn’t a drive chassis small enough. I’d love to see someone try!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob_H View Post
    has anyone ever built a working one of these little guys? I can imagine building a slightly oversized on off of one of those kato powered chassis if you could find one small enough. Seems like it would be fun

    speeder.jpg
    Quote Originally Posted by jpwisc View Post
    A trackmobile is a lot larger than a speeder. Unless you did a closed cab speeder, or an open one with the curtains closed, there isn’t a drive chassis small enough. I’d love to see someone try!
    As @jpwisc mentions, this is a very tiny model in N scale. I would never say impossible but very challenging at the least. The wheels are much smaller than regular freight wheels. There is very little room for gearing yet alone a motor. It would be a fun critter to see running but even if possible, I would suspect all kinds of tracking issues as it moves over the rails.

    I have imagined very small hi-rail vehicles that might have limited running space using moving magnets under the roadbed. This could lend itself to that but a lot of imagin-eering would need to go into it.

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    What if you got like three of them and stretched one out so it was a little longer? then maybe you could channel the speedster body down over one of those power units. It wouldn't be prototype but might be cool

    I've never seen one of those powered chassis in person, is there a tiny 4 wheeled one?
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    I hear the train a comin'; it's rollin' 'round the bend

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    Good luck.

    Although I suspect those chassis will be a bit bigger than the GHQ model. Perhaps you can create a non-prototype variant like you mentioned:
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    What if you got like three of them and stretched one out so it was a little longer?
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    I'm guessing an N scale speeder would be 1/2 inch long. Smallest motors I know of are cell phone vibrators. Maybe on a slope it would vibrate it's way downhill? You can find them down to 2 mm. One of these should fit but also need a voltage regulator: https://www.amazon.com/BULUSHI-2-5V-...09919592&psc=1

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    Arnold 2076 is actually much larger than a speeder but may satisfy some people who want a cute and tiny little MOW vehicle...




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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob_H View Post
    just found this awesome build thread from way back, wish I could see the finished build.

    http://www.nscale.net/forums/content...90-Trackmobile
    You can:
    http://www.nscale.net/forums/showthr...ckmobile/page2
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    You can find all sorts of super small drivetrain parts at TGauge.com I would post a link but I don't know how There is a motor just 8mm long.
    FWIW T gauge is 3mm gauge that makes 18" gauge in N scale. I have a T chassis awaiting time to build a N narrow gauge project, one day !

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    I saw someone once build a string of rolling MOW equipment that was tied together using fishing line. Each one was free-rolling. At the front of the string, something like a lempke ballast tamper ( which is self propelled ) was used to pull the train along.
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