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Fuel tank Upgrade for the Bachmann B23-7
Having got the B23-7 home and placing it on the layout, the first thing that I noticed, was the fuel tank shape. It looked horribly wrong, comparing it with an Athearn and a Rail Power chassis, it was definitely misproportioned. This can be fixed in 2 steps :
I'll describe the hard part first, then you can decide if you wish to continue.
Bachmann, for some reason, did not make it easy to remove the motor, at least that is what I found anyway. After a lot of looking, prodding and poking, the only way I could get the motor out, was to cut the motor retaining brackets. This will require buying new brackets, Part No.6174 (don't tell me if there is an easy way, I've already ordered new brackets).
Remove the plastic fuel tank, and then the body, unsolder the 3 wires, red, black and brown. Then remove the trucks, either marking them as front and back, or noting that the brown wire is on the front truck. Remove the top motor clip, cut the motor brackets, and remove the motor.
Having completed the hard part, the rest is relatively easy.
I used 40 thou styrene sheet exclusively for the fuel tank, 1/4 inch Evergreen tubing for the air reservoirs, and the following tools :-
Detail the outside of the fuel tank with as many fuel fillers, gauges, blank plates air filters etc, as you can find in photos, and plumb the air reservoirs with 20 thou brass wire. I also added a Detail Associates underframe mounted Bell (spaced off the tank with a small cube of styrene) to the front end, top right hand side of the fuel tank, although your prototype may have the (U Boat type) roof mounted Bell.
Prime with light grey paint, correct any faults then paint the colour of your prototype, weather with Oily/Grimy/Gloss blacks, fit the tank using the original screws, and enjoy....................RAP
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