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MRC roundhouse shay kits

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Posted by Little Timmy on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 8:33 PM

I see all those kits on E-bay, and I just laugh, and laugh, ...

I have some "vintage" MDC horn hook couplers for sale .... $20 a pair... 

Do people really believe their stuff is worth that much ?

I say again, ... a complete  MDC Shay can be had for $50 

Sure you have to do some looking, but they DO exist.

 

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Posted by NVSRR on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 2:20 PM

I passed on those kits there too.   just didn't seam worth it   Cannot see paying two or three hundred for something that might be complete. With that money, go buy a spectrum Version.  Even thier large scale 36t is cheaper than those Mdc kits. 
shane

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Posted by Geared Steam on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 1:38 PM

Plenty parts on Ebay, I would definitely purchase the "improved" trucks as these were on of the items that needed to work. There is also a NWSL motor for it, much better motor than the original open frame.

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Just my opinion, but those full kits on EBAY are outragiously expensive for what they are. I've passed on those kits at trains shows for $25.00, no interested because I know what they really are. 

 

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Posted by snjroy on Sunday, October 22, 2023 7:04 AM

dknelson

 

 
NVSRR

Did they come withmotor and gears or was that a separate purchase from the kit?

shane

 

 

 

Shane you might be thinking of the white metal kit Shay from Keystone, which was indeed unpowered (but the shay mechanism was complete -- if you built it right, which I understand was a challenge -- and you could push it along the track.  There was an aftermarket motor and gearing set which might or might not have been from Keystone itself.

Dave Nelson

 

 

NWSL offered a gearing and motor kit for the Keystone shay. These are getting very hard to find.

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Posted by dknelson on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 9:28 AM

NVSRR

Did they come withmotor and gears or was that a separate purchase from the kit?

shane

 

Shane you might be thinking of the white metal kit Shay from Keystone, which was indeed unpowered (but the shay mechanism was complete -- if you built it right, which I understand was a challenge -- and you could push it along the track.  There was an aftermarket motor and gearing set which might or might not have been from Keystone itself.

Dave Nelson

 

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Posted by rrebell on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 7:30 AM

They can be made to run perfect with whats in the box, my freind did it but he was a machinest. I got mine to run perfect also but I cheated on two of the outside gears. Mine ran at a tie a minute under regular DC.

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Posted by Little Timmy on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 7:17 PM

Even if the ones on E-bay are missing stuff, they are still worth looking at. With all the parts there, I got my last one 6 months ago for $50.

So depending on what's missing, I wouldn't bid much higher than $35 - 40.

( but having a pile of extra parts is nice too.)

 

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Posted by Road Foreman of Engines on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 4:17 PM

I've built 7 loco kits; 4 from Model Die Casting, 3 from Bowser. The last kit I built was the MDC 3 truck H0n3 Shay. I got it built , running, and detailed, but never got around to disassembly and painting. My plan is to finish it, and put it into use. It runs o.k., with some gear noise, not bad.

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Posted by NVSRR on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 3:43 PM

Thanks.  That tells me the ones on eBay are missing parts.  The motor and parts. But if it is a good idea to upgrade,  then maybe better to get it without the parts

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Posted by Little Timmy on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 3:13 PM

Yes they came with motors and gears.

you can build them straight out of the box and with a little "tuning " they run ok.

But, yes, adding NWSL  gears and a flywheel will help quite a bit.

 

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Posted by CNR378 on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 2:58 PM

AFAIK, MDC shay kits come with motors and gears. That said, you may wish to investigate using the NWSL gear upgrade kits with it.

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MRC roundhouse shay kits
Posted by NVSRR on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 2:30 PM

Did they come withmotor and gears or was that a separate purchase from the kit?

shane

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A realist sees a frieght train

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