Building the Hollywood Foundry "Diablo" mechanism for the car #426 project.
The Hollywood Foundry "Lightning" Trailing Truck on the 426. (I know, I have the side frame installed upside down! I've since fixed it. Thanks Charlie Pitts)
Embolden by the successful (and easy!) build of the Lightning trailing truck, I have the confidence to take on the Diablo. I suspect that, though more involved, it should be just as easy to build.
Southern California Traction Club setup at Red Car Days at Orange Empire Railway Museum, Fathers Day 2012 with visiting dignitary Bill Bolton.
Actually, forgive me my dear followers, but I'm way behind with my blog posts. Not only has this Diablo been successfully built and installed, it has performed beautifully on the Southern California Traction Clubs modular layout and has put in some serious miles around that layout at several shows. I tells ya, these Hollywood Foundry products are what the dames call quality!
Introducing the Diablo
My full photoset of the construction of this Diablo is posted below. But because it took me so long to write this post, Hollywood Foundry has since posted two, crystal clear videos introducing and a step-by-step build of their Diablo mechanism. And that's on top of their already clear instructions!
So the above videos and instructions should be everything you need to build your own. But if you want some supplementary photos, well then, here ya go:
This is everything, all contained in a simple pouch. Brass etched parts, wheel sets, drive shafts, and hardware. Doesn't look all that intimidating. Yes sir! Not that intimidating at all!
Hollywood Foundry recommends using the Wiha Phillips #00 Screwdriver for their parts, and I'll tell ya, its a very useful tool. Especially since many of my cars will be sporting these mechanisms, such a tool will get a lot of use. And nothing beats the right tool for the job. Yes sir! Nothing beats the right tool for the job!
If not, make any necessary adjustments to the squareness of the frame.
Flip over and place rubber drive belt...
A screw in the front...
bend, bend.bending robot would be really useful!
Now comes the Top Pulley and Drive Shaft.
Adding washers to the Diablo lifts the truck up. Here, the thickness of two washers between the upper mount assembly and the mounting plate brings the wheels closer to the floor. So close that the worm gears are almost touching the bottom of the floor!
Next comes installing the motor. But I'll leave that for the next post.
So that's the Diablo truck assembly. Nothing to it! Building this took less than a Sunday afternoon and I was stopping to take photos every couple minutes! Yes sir! I was stopping to take pictures every couple minutes!