His ME series "Self Steering Wheel Sets and Swing Link Suspension" started in issue 4189, February 2003 and went on for 8 parts, apparently a series on a passsenger car was to follow but that doesn't appear in my index. Andy
Post by somersetsimplex on Feb 22, 2019 7:53:57 GMT
Andy thanks - i found the 2003 articles last night at a club night, but couldn't find any references for the driving car itself, apart from a line in one of the articles indicating that he had described the driving car three years earlier. Looked through 1999 without luck.
From personal experience, the David Hudson design is the greatest thing since sliced bread! I've recently converted my fixed wheel base truck by fitting the David Hudson wheel assemblies and it has totally transformed it. Several other members of our club have now built them and they are incredibly free running. They certainly transform the performance of a small loco such as 2½" gauge.
Our club has two of the driving trucks and six of the passenger trucks and they are all excellent.
The design for David's own driving truck was part of the passenger truck series and was based on a Lowmac wagon. The drawings are in ME for June 13th 2003.
Dave Noble still stocks parts for the suspension units e.g. rubbers, cones and cnc machined wheels etc. He does advertise a complete kit for the driving truck but I'm not sure if they are still available. I believe he is in the process of winding down the business so I don't know for how much longer parts will be available. He has a website with his contact details.
Hi Somerset, I built 2 passenger cars (the article was I think 3 or 4 years after the article mentioned above) to Davids design. As Baggo said plans for both the driving & passenger trucks from David Nobel plus the cups & rubber springs (the only place I think you can get them!) ( If Baggo is correct I hope somebody is going to take over suppling the parts along with Davids other items)
I modified mine, I can convert them for raised & ground level track, plus adjust the gauge for 5 & 7 1/4"....why make life simple with a little extra effort you can make it harder!...….
Like Baggo I have found them excellent...The profiled wheels are pretty trick, I tried a single axel on our track, gave it a gentle push from the hi point, it wobbled around a bit self corrected & then took off down the rail accelerating as it went....I couldn't keep up! Happy to help out if I can