[N gauge] Dapol metal wheels on Peco kits

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[N gauge] Dapol metal wheels on Peco kits

Postby Beynac » Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:26 pm

Hello,
Can I mount Dapol metal wheels on Peco chassis/wagon kits ? They come with plastic wheels.
Thanks for your replies.
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Re: Dapol metal wheels on Peco kits

Postby End2end » Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:37 pm

I have changed most of my freight stock to Hornby metal spoked wheelsets removing any Dapol / Peco wheelsets.
Not sure about the others but you can re-gauge, remove wheels and add pick up springs to the hornby ones (for power picked up from the track).
You would need to link the outer wheel with the axle for power pick up. I have used an electrical conducting pen to draw over the plastic bush in thw wheel proper.
Hope it helps.
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Re: Dapol metal wheels on Peco kits

Postby Dad-1 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:46 pm

Sorry, but I have no experience with 'N' gauge and couldn't comment.
I know that early Ratio '00' wagon kits with plastic wheels wouldn't accept
metal replacements due to having longer than standard axles.
So just let's see if any 'N' gauger has tried.

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Re: Dapol metal wheels on Peco kits

Postby Lysander » Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:49 pm

What gauge are you talking about?

If OO [Wonderful Wagons], yes. I have thrown the Peco wheels away and used Bachmann or Hornby metal wheels in brass bearings.

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Re: [N gauge] Dapol metal wheels on Peco kits

Postby Beynac » Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:56 pm

My mistake.I forgot to mention it. I'm talking about N gauge.
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Re: [N gauge] Dapol metal wheels on Peco kits

Postby End2end » Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:12 pm

I'll recind my earlier comment.
Sorry about that Beynac I was talking about OO gauge.
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Re: [N gauge] Dapol metal wheels on Peco kits

Postby michaelasc » Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:42 pm

I have fitted both Farish and Dapol wheel sets to Peco wagons.

Sometimes they stick because of clearances so what I do is put the new wheel set in and then squeeze the two outer sides of the wheel housing together between my thumb and forefinger. I do this quite hard and hold for about 5 seconds then repeat as often as needed up to about 3 times, until the wheel spins freely. Sometimes I need to swap one wheel set for another as one will spin and one won't

I've also swapped out all of the trailing bogie wheels on my older Farish Pacific class locos the same way, using Farish spoked wheel sets.They switch in and out really easy and look much better.

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Re: [N gauge] Dapol metal wheels on Peco kits

Postby Beynac » Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:43 pm

Many thanks michaelasc. Very helpful.
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