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On30 Kitbash: Mantua 2-6-6-2 + Bachmann 2-6-0= This.

October 3, 2008

A very interesting kitbash of a manuta HO 2-6-6-2 and On30 Bachmann Rodgers 2-6-0. The two locomotives fit together surprisingly well. First, you strip the manuta locomotive down to the frame, then take the weight off the boiler of the 2-6-6-2 and set it aside.

Next, you disassemble the 2-6-0 keeeping the boiler, pilot, cab and cosmetic fittings. Then to that you legthen the boiler with 3/4″ (I’m not 100% sure though) and go in and add the details to the new longer boiler.

Next, you slip the Mantua 2-6-6-2’s weight inside the boiler, and attach the boiler to the frame, which is as easy as just using the original frame screws from the 2-6-6-2 in the same 4 locations. After the boiler is firmly attached to the frame, modify the On30 cab to fit and add your brass details, paint, and take it for a test drive! Make sure to use the On30 2-6-0’s tender behind your new mallet for the most realistic look.


There’s the disassembled frame.


Here’s what the boiler looks like when legnthened with the PVC pipe.


Note the detached and re-attached boiler backhead from the On30 2-6-0.


Here’s the mantua weight (black) inside the On30 boiler, it’s a tight, but ideal fit.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 5, 2011 6:08 am

    Any pictures of the completed Project?

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