SBB Ae 3/6 II (Spring-loaded Lemaco model)

Published 5Aug2014. Sub-page to SBB Ae 3/6 II (H0 brass by Lemaco)

The above silent movie I have made from some still pictures (it’s 11,5 MB and 960 x 540 pixels). An even more detailed movie you can view or download from here (it’s 44.5 MB and 1920 x 1080 pixel). With this nice model, the largest looks best.

I assume that the real loco contains leaf springs on the driving axles (Wiki) and that the model might have helical springs inside. This is somewhat confirmed in the LOKI-Spezial Nr. 23 magazine (pictures on p37 and p97) where leaf springs are seen on a driving axle, and a combination of helical and leaf springs on the smaller wheels. The pictures would not reveal if also the driving axles of the 1/1 have a combination. But as of the 1/87 model – when I photgraphed the underside I noticed to-scale leaf springs on the model’s driving axles, see there. Very nice. I also notice that the front bogie is spring-loaded with a single helical spring, and the rear single axle is just attached – it’s not spring loaded at all. But the model’s internal driving axle springs I am not sure. But I have asked Lematec.

In order to shoot these pictures I made a wooden frame above the 60 cm rail and catenary and fastened screws that I used to push the engine down on each side (protected by thick plastic).

The colour on the loco is too light brown, simply because in order to shoot pictures in manual mode for fine-tuned focus, I have no choice about colour settings (at least I don’t know how to, I have used a Panasonic Lumix DMC LX5). And none of the tools I have tried have helped me with making the colour dark drown.