This is a metal kit of a Class B, 30-40 Ton Shay Locomotive. While not based on any particular prototype, the kit contains enough detail parts to create your own version of a wood, coal or oil fired locomotive. This kit contains brass photo-etched details, Micro-Trains Link and Pin drawbars and Fox Valley 28" metal wheels (for the front truck). ---
It is designed to operate using the 6.5 mm Searails' PowerMax! mechanism (must be purchased separately-not sold by Showcase)and run on Z Scale track.
By permission from Searails, we Include the Rotation Connector in all of our Nn3 Loco kits.
Read an interview by John Cubbin with Walter over at Raildig about this Shay.
We had a customer question and so I'm including it here for your information.
He wanted to know the minimum curve radius required for operating this shay.
We asked one of our experts and this was his reply:
Our local Nn3 modular club recommends a minimum radius of 11" (280mm).
My test track includes 195mm (7-5/8") radius Rokuhan curves.
The loco will probably run on tighter than that,
but tighter curves than that should not be necessary.
It also depends on whether or not the builder includes drive shafts.
I do, and size them to work on 195mm curves.
This Nn3 locomotive is also a featured article in N Scale Magazine July/August 2015 Edition (volume 27 number 4). The seven page article, The Short & Nn3arrow, is authored by Thomas Knapp and features many colorful photos of a step by step build and his unique artistic touches to this detailed kit designed by Walter. He also does a review and "how to" procedure on
JAX Pewter Black to blacken this model kit.
A picture of this particular magazine cover is posted here, and you may obtain a copy by calling 360-658-2485 with a credit card