The BullAnt Major Multi-Gauge Power Bogie

The BullAnt Major is the next step up from the standard BullAnt. When you need extra power or tractive effort, the Major is the answer. It can be supplied fitted with the Mashima 16 series motor, and you have 6 to choose from.

The Major has a choice of a gear driven system with a ratio of 30:1 to maximise its tractive effort, but you can also choose 3 belt drive ratios, 15:1, 21:1 and 32:1. The normal BullAnt Major is a quiet drive, but the Belt drive makes it even more so. A special larger section belt is fitted to the Major and you also receive a spare.

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A Detailed drawing of the BullAnt Major can be viewed by clicking on the above drawing. This large scale drawing can be save as a JPEG file by right clicking on the large scale drawing and choosing 'Save Picture As..'

 

How to Order..

Option: Number of Axles

The Major can be supplied with 2, 3 or 4 axles. In theory, there is no reason why it could not be supplied with more axles, however the design does not allow for any movement or compensation and this could limit the ability to track curves and points.

A standard Major is two axles and the option choice automatically defaults to to a 2 axle version. To choose a 3 or 4 axle unit, scroll down the arrow on the 'Number Of Axles' box and click on the number of axles of your choice.Additional axles cost extra because of the additional wheels, axles, gears, pickups etc. The additional amount is shown next to the option.

However, a word of caution, the Major design provides a rigid wheelbase, there is no lateral movement on the centre axles. This can be a problem with 3 axle configurations where the axle spacing is large and/or small radius curves are employed. A rigid frame of any length can de-rail on corners and sharp points. It is not really possible to advise a minimum radius that the Major will handle as it is totally variable according to wheelbase, wheel size and wheel profile.

We do offer, on the other hand, an option that provides a lateral action on the center axle. With this method, the center wheels have a slightly narrower back to back measurement and employ a nickel silver wheel housing and thinned down wheel bearings. The worm gear is also slightly thinned as well and this combination means that there is 1.3mm of lateral movement on the center axle only. Because of the additional time taken in the assembly of this option, there is a price premium charged.

Option: Wheel Size & Type

The Wheel size selection box is mandatory for all BullAnt products. The first option for wheels is: '0 Wheels, Please do not fit wheels -($6.00)' The reason for offering the Major without wheels is to suit those modellers who want a different wheel type to those offered by us. You will receive a discount of AUD$6.00 for not having wheels fitted.

By choosing a Major without wheels, you will understand that we cannot test the Major prior to shipping, other than basic operation, and we cannot fit the pickups. The axles are 2mm diameter and can be removed from the Major by gently prising the bottom half of the gearbox housing off. The gears will be greased at the factory and the wheel bearings oiled. The pickups will be supplied in the package but not fitted. Because the phosphor bronze pickups are brittle, please make any bends in the pickups gentle. One spare pickup will be supplied in case you learn this lesson the hard way. Just to give yourself an idea how much bending they can take, make a small bend at the extremity of the finger and see how many times you can change the angle of the bend.

Initially we will have a somewhat limited range of wheel sizes available, but over time we will be constantly adding new types as we find the demand for them. All our wheels conform to the NMRA RP25 wheel profile, and are hub insulated on one or both wheels. Solid disc wheels are made from machined nickel silver, while spoked wheels have a moulded Delrin centre and either nickel silver tyres or chemically blackened brass.

Wheel sizes are quoted in both metric and imperial (inch) measurements, the inch measurement is in brackets.

The wheel choice is quite descriptive, '9.6mm(.378") Code 88 NS Disc' means an RP25 profile wheel of 9.6mm or .378 inch diameter with a tread width of .088" or 2.24mm, as a nickel silver solid disc wheel. This wheel might also be described as a 'Code 88' or 'finescale' wheel. Normal tread width for most HO wheels is Code 110, meaning that the tread width is .11" or 2.79mm.

We have the ability to produce solid disc wheels to your specifications, the minimum run is 500 wheels, call us for a quote.

To help with choosing wheels sizes, the table below equates the available Major wheel sizes in millimetres to the actual wheel sizes in inches. Sizes are provided for 3 of the popular scales.

Wheelsize
OO Scale 1:76
HO Scale 1:87
TT Scale 1:120
6mm
18"
20 1/2"
28 1/4"
8mm
24"
27 1/2"
37 3/4"
8.45mm
25 1/4"
29"
40"
9.6mm
28 3/4"
33"
45 1/4"
10.5mm
31 1/2"
36"
49 1/2"
11mm
33"
37 3/4"
52"
11.6mm
34 3/4"
39 3/4"
54 3/4"
12mm
36"
41"
56 1/2"
14mm
42"
48"
66"
16mm
48"
54 3/4"
75 1/2"
19mm
57"
65 1/8"
89 3/4"

Option: Tram or Trolley Wiring

If you intend to use your Major in a tram or trolley and would like the Major to be wired accordingly, there is an optional wiring scheme that costs no extra.

The first option has all wheels connected together with a longer free red wire coming off the motor for connection to the overhead power collection system. This assumes that you will reverse the power collection to change the direction of the model.

The second option connects all wheels together and provides longer free black and red wires to be used for trolley pole reverse operation, where the trolley poles and hooks control the direction of travel. The wiring diagram for this scheme is shown below.

Option: Track Gauge

At present we offer the Major in 9, 10.5, 12, 14.2, 16.5, 18.2, and 18.83mm track gauges. These gauges are also listed as their common gauge such as HOn3, TT, HO/00, EM, P4 gauge.

Please note that while we do make mechanisms to 9mm gauge, we do not make these items to N scale. The 9mm gauge is offered for modellers who require a narrow gauge in a larger scale. In many cases, these mechanisms may be too large for N scale.

We may add to this range as demand dictates. Every gauge added to the list requires different length axles and jigs to assemble the wheel sets with the correct back-to-back measurement. If you want a gauge that is not offered, please email us and enquire, we may be able to help.

Option: Motor

There is no standard motor for a Major. You must select from the range of motors offered. The motor code number relates to the size of the motor, a 1620 is 13.5mm across the flats and 20mm long in the body, excluding shafts. We offer the 1620, 1624, 1626, 1628, 1630 and 1632 motor sizes.

In general, the rule is to fit the largest size motor that will fit in your model, in order to provide the greatest reserve of power. However you may want to consult the specifications for each motor type to see which one will best serve your needs. Click on the link for each motor above.

All Majors are fully DCC compatible such that the power pickups and the motor connections can be separated. In choosing a decoder for the Major, any decoder with a 1 amp or greater rating will be suitable.

Option: Flywheel

This is a delete option, that is, the Major is supplied with a flywheel as standard. If you do not want the flywheel fitted, you can select 'No Flywheel' and you will have the cost of the flywheel deducted from the total. If the flywheel is not fitted, then you can choose to have the motor shaft trimmed back to the rear of the motor, or left as it is.

The flywheel fitted to the motor is the largest effective flywheel we could fit. Fitting a shorter flywheel of similar diameter will have little effect, as the diameter has a greater influence over flywheel action than length and there is virtually no room to increase the diameter.

Option: Wheelbase

This box is mandatory for all BullAnt products. The wheelbase is the distance from the centre of one axle to the centre of the next. You should simply type a number in this box corresponding to the desired wheelbase, acurate to the nearest 0.25mm or .01". You can enter the wheelbase in metric form as eg: 22.5 or in inches as .886"

If you have chosen a Major with more than two axles, type the first axle to axle distance, then a + symbol and then the next distance, and so on.

The axles can be at different spacings if you wish, but please make sure the wheel sizes do not cause an overlap. The Major gear box will be at the start of the specification, so if you typed 20 + 30 +40, then the gearbox will automatically be placed at the 20 end.

The minimum practical wheelbase is 17mm, although the design of the Major allows for an absolute minimum wheelbase of 11.5mm. If you specify a wheelbase less than 17mm, no sideframe mount bolster will be fitted nor will pickups be fitted. The pickups will be packed in the box with the Major however, so you can arrange to fit them yourself.

The table below shows some popular wheelbases in feet and inches equated to the scale size in millimetres. Conversions are shown for 3 of the popular scales. The resultant wheelbases have been taken to the nearest 1/4 millimetre as this is the accuracy we work to.

Wheelbase
OO Scale 1:76
HO Scale 1:87
TT Scale 1:120
3' 6"
14mm
12.25mm
NA
3' 9"
15mm
13mm
NA
4' 0"
16mm
14mm
NA
4' 3"
15mm
15mm
NA
4' 6"
18mm
15.75mm
11.5mm
4' 9"
19mm
16.5mm
12mm
5' 0"
20mm
17.5mm
12.75mm
5' 3"
21mm
18.25mm
13.25mm
5' 6"
22mm
19.25mm
14mm
5' 9"
23mm
20mm
14.5mm
6' 0"
24mm
21mm
15.25mm
6' 3"
25mm
22mm
16mm
6' 6"
26mm
22.75mm
16.5mm
6' 9"
27mm
23.5mm
17mm
7' 0"
28mm
24.5mm
17.75mm
7' 3"
29mm
25.25mm
18.5mm
7' 6"
30mm
26.25mm
19mm
7' 9"
31mm
27mm
19.5mm
8' 0"
32mm
28mm
20.25mm
8' 3"
33mm
28.75mm
21mm
8' 6"
34mm
29.75mm
21.5mm
8' 9"
35mm
30.5mm
22.25mm
9' 0"
36mm
31.5mm
23mm

Option: Mounting Bolster

This is a new option, you can choose the size of nickel silver bolster for mounting the Major to your model. There are two types of bolster, a cross mounting and an end mounting, and you can order any type as swiveling or fixed. There are, in addition, three sizes for each bolster.

The plain bolsters on the left are the cross mounting versions and the 3 on the right are the end or cantilever mount versions. The cross bolsters have had the side fold removed to make it simpler to mount the Major, but the end mounts retain the folds. The mounting holes are all 2.0mm diameter and the spacing between the two holes on the end mount versions is 3.5mm. The mounting hole centres for the 20, 26 and 32mm cross mounts are respectively 17, 23 and 29mm. The distance from the bogie mounting hole to the centre line of the end mounts for the 26, 32 and 38mm end mounts are respectively 22.9, 28.9 and 34.9mm.

The 26mm end mount is suitable for Majors with wheelbases up to 38mm, the 36mm mount suits wheelbases up to 46mm and the 38mm suits wheelbases up to 50mm. The next photo shows how this mount might be used.

You also have the option of having the bolster swivelling, which would be the normal case, so the bogie can rotate in the model, or fixed. The fixed option has the bolster attached (soldered) to the spine section so it does not rotate. This option is quite often used where the unit is fitted to a fixed wheelbase model. Note that each bolster option has the choice of swivelling or fixed.

Some modellers will prefer to have extra fixed bolsters to make the attachment to their model easier. If this is the case, please leave us a note in the comments section of the order.

Three new mounts have been introduced to help make bogie mounting more flexible. These mounts have a wider spread at the ends, with 2mm diameter holes placed 11.5mm apart. They are otherwise the same length as the standard 20, 26 and 32mm mounts, and the hole centres are the same, at 17mm for the 20mm mount, 23 for the 26 and 29 for the 32.

The total width of the widened section is 15.5mm. The Bat Wings will restrict rotation of the bogie slightly, but should not affect the rotation for all but the most extreme angles

Quantity & Select Fields

To the right of the Product Option column, there is a quantity field that defaults to one unit, so if you wish to order more than one Major of a given specification, enter the quantity in this field. The Select field must be clicked to order the product, and will display a tick. You can de-select the product by clicking the Select field again. You can also order a dummy unit at the same time by filling in the fields and selecting the dummy.

To order an Major of a different specification, click on the 'Order Selected Products' button at the bottom of the page and you will be shown the contents of your shopping list. Then select 'Continue Shopping' to order an Major of a different specification.

The shopping cart page also gives you the ability to calculate the cost of your purchase to date in other currencies, there is a link to X-Rates under the summary box.

Local Taxes - GST

Australian purchasers must pay the Goods and Services Tax, it is included in the price. Overseas purchasers do not pay this tax, and it will be automatically deducted from the price if you indicate you are an overseas customer.

Checking Out

As part of the checkout process, we first need you to tell us your details so we can contact you if there is a problem with your order and also where you are so the program can calculate the shipping cost. There is a box on this page that allows you to enter any special notes or requests for our attention.

By clicking on 'Continue', the program will calculate the cost of freight and the next page gives you a number of choices as to which freight method you want to use.

You then see a further summary page showing the total price payable, with shipping included and, if you are an overseas customer, the GST component deducted.

Finally, you will be given the choice of method to pay, and if you choose credit card, you will be passed through to e-Way, our payment gateway provider.

If in doubt, call us...

We are happy to discuss your requirements with you, so either send an email to the address shown on the 'Contact Us' page, or telephone us on +61 3 5629 1100. Please check your time zone though, we are in Eastern Australia and do not like phone calls in the middle of the night.

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