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Critter's Bank- Gnew layout

Postby dieselwater » Thu Oct 16, 2008 8:26 am

Hi guys,

This is the current project I'm working on:

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It's a good ole' pizza on a couple of pizza boxes. The positive thing about the blue plastic track, is that it's compact and once painted etc, looks pretty good.

I need to add another contour on the end, and reduce the gradient on the bank.

The train will come out of a tunnel type thing and go into a buiding type thing.

The layout will probably be viewed from two sides. I intend to create a shadow box to present the layout- fancy card etc.

Anyway, let's see what happens...
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Postby Steve Bennett » Thu Oct 16, 2008 8:31 am

:lol: Thats great, I really like the use of the pizza boxes for the track to sit on :) , appeals to my sense of humour :wink: .
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Postby dieselwater » Thu Oct 16, 2008 8:37 am

This is a new critter I'm putting together, for the layout:
I'm going for a battery loco with a central cab.

Original body:

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The loco is then built around it:

I'm using card from cereal packets, coffee stirring sticks and bits and pieces from 1:24 car kits etc.

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Postby dieselwater » Thu Oct 16, 2008 8:59 am

Yeah, I kind of thought it was funny too. The circle of track fits perfectly on them. Being that all the track and trains are plastic, means the layout is very lightweight. The only thing to be careful about is that the base/ surface for the track is smooth, otherwise you can get derailments.


Does anyone have any links or info on battery locos. I'ver searched through alot of the threads and only found a handful, though they have been useful.

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Postby gfadvance » Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:42 am

don't know if this of any help - this is a freelance battery loco I built, hopefully the pictures may be of some use, going to to try and find some of the links I used and will post them later

http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t=3617

page down, past where I goofed on photobucket, most of this was built like your loco's - which I really like, with card and paper hardened up with superglue
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Postby gfadvance » Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:46 am

By a fluke managed to find the site which I found really useful for ideas


http://industrialrail.5u.com/photo3.html
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Postby bluey1989 » Thu Oct 16, 2008 12:14 pm

Looking good, how does the battery loco run. Never thought of using one of them and building round it, hmmmmmm.....

Look forward to seeing the progress pictures....

I have always wanted to build a pizza layout, I was going to build a Gn15 one but that was before I saw the Expo 08 challenge so that took the lead, but I will one day....

Feel I the pizza my be put on back burner after the Expo show, thibk I can here a nellie calling my name already. Or could do a nellie pizza layout.....

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Postby dieselwater » Thu Oct 16, 2008 12:39 pm

Thanks Gordon :)

I love your loco! I like the hatches on the top, the colour and weathering. How did you make the rivets, did you use sewing pin heads?

Oh and how did you make your seat too?

The links are really useful. Great website, consider it bookmarked :)

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Postby dieselwater » Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:03 pm

Andy: This is just a shot of the chassis and body. It runs very smoothly and the battery lasts a decent amount of time.

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Postby gfadvance » Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:05 pm

Glad it was of some help David, :)

Yup - rivets are pin heads, suggest you you try dressmakers shop for them as you can get brass pins there which are easier to cut than steel pins and the heads are more uniform in size.

Seat is made from milliput, just squeezed into a cushion shape with (damp)fingers - again if you can't get that there would suggest you look at plumbers supply type shop you will probably see 2 part epoxy putty there which is used for emergency water repairs to split pipes. (looks a bit like blackpool rock green outer layer with white centre, cut a bit off, mix the two together till uniform colour, etc,etc) Its a bit coarser than milliput but works just as well - and over here its cheaper?

Now I am going to try and track down some of your battery trains in the UK
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Postby Oztrainz » Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:05 pm

Hi David,
this thread might give some further inspiration about what goes where..
http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t=3212&highlight=
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Postby dieselwater » Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:27 pm

Thanks for the link John- interesting cab configurations. I always find the cab the hardest part to model in conjunction with a driver. I tend to start with the driver and work may way around him. Those pictures give me plenty of possibilities.
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Postby dieselwater » Fri Oct 17, 2008 5:27 am

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The cases on the top are suppose to be battery charging access. I've started to map out the cab. This is going to have a roof. The other box on top will be part of the controls. I'll add some more panelling on and around the top edge too. I'm not sure if I want to have too much timber exposed, as it's really just structural for the model.

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Postby dieselwater » Fri Oct 17, 2008 4:48 pm

A little more progress on the layout. Working on the contours using the old polystyrene. The little parapet sticking up is going to be for a signal cabin.

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Postby dieselwater » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:00 am

Here's an update on the critter:

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(sorry blurred pic)

I've put more panelling on as well as add some rivets. I achieved the rivets by using the rounded ends to plastic spurs. I've started the mountings/ bases for the controls. This loco has room for a passanger or maybe just some clutter- tool box etc.

I've just sorted the basic roof design out- pic coming soon.

Anyhow it's coming together.

All comments and ideas very welcome :D
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Postby dieselwater » Wed Oct 22, 2008 2:58 am

Here's some pics showing the roof configuration. I've added a storage rack over the battery charging access, for tools and other stuff. 8)

The roofs just placed on there for now. A bit to do first. It's taken time deciding on the roof height... not too high, not too low... :? :)

I'm still wondering about some kind of seat- probably a pad of sorts. Oh yeah, need to decide on the controls, lights, bell...:twisted: :D

It's proving to be alot of fun! Hope your enjoying the ride :D

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Postby dieselwater » Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:00 am

A few more pics:

End shot

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Otherside

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Overall

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Postby dieselwater » Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:14 am

A few rivets more:

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A few access panels less. From studying some of the battery prototypes here and there, I realised there wasn't need for access panels on the side, just more rivets.

Looking through some draws, I found a 'Wills vari-girder bridge' pack... noice 8) more Gnats! :twisted: :D
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Postby Glen A » Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:11 pm

This is turning out to be a most interesting loco.
Much different from the types of locos we usualy see here.
I am looking forward to seeing what you are going to add next.

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Postby dieselwater » Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:09 pm

Hi Guys,

More progress with the critter :D

I've added some controls including a brake lever. I'll add the throttle later after painting the loco and positioning the finished figure. The throttle will come from the small box on the right of the driver and go staight to his right hand.

(Sorry blurred pics) The brake is on the left of the driver and the shifters to the right.
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Postby dieselwater » Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:20 pm

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I'll cover the bottom edge with some more steel plate, and also decide on what to do about the bottom edge of the ends.

I'm still trying to work out the best place for some lights... I've got some from a 'Mini' car kit that I plan to use.

It's getting close to painting time. Any suggestions?

It's a little wonky donky in places but after painting... Anyhows, more to come soon. :wink: :)

Hopefully a little more on the layout too :shock: :)
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:40 am

Looking good David
Colour only one :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :wink:
I guess it would look good in yellow or orange.
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Postby Glen A » Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:02 pm

But everyone knows red ones go faster :twisted:

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Postby Korschtal » Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:08 pm

I thought of green:
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But I prefer yellow with buzzbees. Somehow it suits the shape and chunky style:
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Postby Nick Ellingworth » Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:09 pm

Yellow is always good as a colour for a loco.
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