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Review: O Gauge Sprung Bogies

Athearn's O Gauge sprung bogies.
Cost: $4.99 (US Dollars)
Supplied by Kings Hobby, Austin TX
Available from all good hobby stores.

Athearn, best known for their HO scale offerings also have a range of O scale bogies that, while developed for 1:48, fit in nicely under any 7mm scale kit, or handbuilt car. Fully sprung and self centering, these bogies look as good as they run.

Made of black coloured Delrin, the bogies were free of flash and molding marks. Supplied in a card topped bag, they come as a kit of parts to make two (2) bogies.

Construction is straight forward, however, one complaint is the lack of any printed material to guide you through your first attempt. A test fit of the parts however will provide you with the answers you need.

Construction requires that you assemble bolster and truck sides, then the spring keeper plates across the bottom of the trucks before placing the six (6) springs into position.

The springs are kept in place by moulded pins that fit into the end of the spring on both the bolster and the and the truck sideframe keeper plate. There is plenty of movement available for even the worst laid track and with the springs in place the bogies want to centre themselves after any turning action.

To make the bogies run better I advise the following:

  • Weight your cars, to partially depress the bolster springs and allow the bogie to float, and
  • Replace the plastic wheelset with a metal replacement.

This will add to the cost of the bogie, however it will also improve the running quality of the thing enormously.

Andrew Martin >>

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