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(F) Smokey Joe to Sir Arthurs Katie

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:48 am
by DCRfan
First shots of an 'inspired by' conversion of current model Smokey Joe to Heywoods Katie. I've retained the models chassis length rather than extending it to scale size. The boiler is a piece of plastic pipe with a wrap of two layers of 0.5mm plastic card. The dome is a brass casting I picked up in Sydney about 20 year ago which is polishing up nicely.


Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:33 am
by DCRfan
Update 2: Side tanks in place with blocks of brass inside each side however the tops are just sitting in place until I can confirm the weight is right. The smokebox door is a plastic railwheel filed to dome shape.


Next is the front and rear of the chassis.

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:19 am
by DCRfan
A little more progress tonight. Although the smokebox door size matches the couple of pictures I'm working to I keep thinking it's too small.


When I put the Tamyia 1:24th rally driver and proposed loco engineer beside the loco I realised he will look way out of proportion when standing in the cab so perhaps the driver will be in seated position.

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:34 pm
by MilesB
Although the smokebox door size matches the couple of pictures I'm working to I keep thinking it's to small.

Yep -- it's far too small.

Check out the picture here:

of the front end of Ursula -- the original Katie looked the same.

But on the other hand, if you are doing a model of the Replica Katie at Eaton Hall:

Then you may not be too far off.

Your choice.


Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 7:12 pm
by DCRfan
I have used a picture of the the replica Katie as prime reference. I will now use John Strongs 7mm scale plan of Ella instead and I just happen to have a white metal smoke box door almost exactly the right size.

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 10:24 am
by DCRfan
The smoke box has been changed and a start made on the rear.


Where are the filling points for the water tanks? I assume on the top of each tank towards the front. Any idea of the shape, round or oval?

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 3:00 pm
by Simon Andrews

I seem to remember that there is a small circular filler cap on one side only, and a hinged rectangular access hatch on the other? Most of the photos I have seen show the the tanks on Heywood locos piled high with coal obscuring any detail.


Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 8:30 pm
by bbudduk

I can help with the location -- the replica Katie taking on water at Eaton Hall on 26th August 2007:




Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:44 am
by Steve Bennett
I think all the Heywood locos had the tank fillers on the right hand tank, I'm open to correction though.