Pantographs

I had bought a set of four LS Models pantographs for CC 40100. One of them was to replace the one I had broken on my 1502 LSM. I thought that the others would be useful to me one day. Only fault: among the three, there is no 15 kV panto whose bow should be wider (22.4 mm). But as the 25 kV LSM bows are already too large (20.5 instead of 16.7), it will not show very much.

First point to check: are the distances of the insulators the same? Answer: yes! These insulators are not very pretty, besides, with many molding burrs.

Removal of fixing bosses

The pantos fixing bosses are 4 mm dia. I remove the greatest part with a dia. 5 mm drill. Ideally, I should finish with a 4 mm dia. cylindrical milling bit, but I don’t have one. To avoid using a putty (I don’t like it!), I finish with a 4.2 mm dia. drill by penetrating a little in the roof, then I put a 4 m dia. plastic card pad, 0.25 mm thick, cut with a punch, and glued with Kibri model glue, which, by melting the plastic, will somewhat fill the remaining gap.

A little bit of Humbrol paint, a mixture of dark matte gray No. 32 with a little white No. 34 and a drop of blue no. 14 will do; the painting will be polished after drying. The result (a) is not too visible, is it? On the other hand, I see in the photo that it would be necessary to fill the tapped hole, and to shorten the jack rod…

Pantograph base

There is no difficulty in gluing the pantos to the insulators with Kristal Klear. This gluing is weak, but better is detached panto than broken panto!

Limiting the extension of pantographs

Here, we should not have drunk too much coffee: we’ll place a wedge to limit the extension of the pantos. A small rectangle of plastic card 0.35 mm thick, approximately 1 × 2 mm or less, blackened with a felt pen for more discretion, is kept stuck by the stop of the main arm, panto raised, and glued with a micro drip of cyano (mark b on the picture above). Do not overflow, otherwise the panto may not be folded anymore!

About cyano, I noticed something, but maybe I reinvented the wheel: a drop on waxed paper, the kind used to protect double-sided adhesives, remains usable for about ten minutes! It even tends to roll over like a drop of water.

And here is the final result.

View of pantograph

Set of 4 pantos ref. LS Models 89206
ref. 91289206 - 45 € - price 2013
at cdfinformatique.com