GnERNIE...agnother Underground ernie conversion

For discussion of the issues faced when building a model or layout - how to replicate wood, what glues to use, exactly how much weathering can a Gnat take, a good source of detailing accessories - you get the picture, I'm sure.

Moderator: GnATTERbox Moderators

User avatar
Charlie Stewart
GnatterBox Centurion
GnatterBox Centurion
Posts: 139
Joined: Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:43 pm
Location: East Yorkshire
Interests: Gn15

GnERNIE...agnother Underground ernie conversion

Postby Charlie Stewart » Sun Dec 28, 2008 2:52 pm

Following Andy's start, thought I would post my attempts so far on my Ernie conversion, sorry but nowhere near as detailed as Andy's but still heres the progress,

I got the silly idea in my head to try and keep some of the original body as a "mark-of-respect" to the donor :shock: :shock:

As he came in the box
Image

Then after the 1st session with the razor saw

Image

Image

Image

Image

after looking at this for several days I decided it was still too "bulky" so another session with the saw and some plastikard resulted in this..

Image

Image

Image

Image

as you will also see the driver has been in for a "special" operation and Fred is now Freda :D :D :D .

I had hoped this would come out as an estate speeder but it seems too big/bulky for a speeder so I think I will make it into more of an agricultural rail tractor of some sorts maybe with a trailer for servicing "stuff" out in the fields, or perhaps a refreshment trailer for the pickers out in the hot sunshine???. next is to make a windshield surround and source a fuel tank/exhaust and some louvred engine cover panels, and to re-site Ernies original lamp. Whatever the outcome at least it will be......Unique :shock: :shock: :shock:

Charlie
My YouTube videos

light travels faster than sound... thats why some people appear bright until they open their mouth!!!

User avatar
Charlie Stewart
GnatterBox Centurion
GnatterBox Centurion
Posts: 139
Joined: Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:43 pm
Location: East Yorkshire
Interests: Gn15

Postby Charlie Stewart » Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:11 pm

WELL..!!! after sitting idle for nearly TWO YEARS ...... and whilst waiting for my John Deere kit to arrive from 'The States', I decided last week to pull this from the "unfinished projects" drawer. after bit of finishing off, primer/ paint and the fitting of a decoder here we have the bosses estate "speeder-type-thingy-vehicle" to help him keep check on his somewhat muddy empire......

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Finished just in time for its debut at this weekends exhibition!!!

Enjoy,

Charlie
My YouTube videos



light travels faster than sound... thats why some people appear bright until they open their mouth!!!

User avatar
Jon Randall
Demi-Millegniumer
Demi-Millegniumer
Posts: 993
Joined: Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:18 pm
Location: NW Leics, England
Interests: Narrow gauge railways, modelling

Postby Jon Randall » Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:16 pm

Charlie,
Enjoyed :!: 8)
Jon Randall

Needs to stop procrastinating and start modelling

User avatar
gfadvance
Demi-Millegniumer
Demi-Millegniumer
Posts: 533
Joined: Thu May 17, 2007 2:38 pm
Location: Manchester, UK
Interests: Models of all sorts boats, planes and now G15

Postby gfadvance » Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:24 pm

That is a really neat little conversion Charlie, like the driver too.
Gordon F

User avatar
dieselwater
Millegniumer
Millegniumer
Posts: 1021
Joined: Sun Sep 21, 2008 4:19 pm
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Interests: Model railways, painting, guitar

Postby dieselwater » Thu Sep 16, 2010 6:41 am

Smashing speeder Charlie. The boss has a wonderful character to him.
Little old lines to somewhere.

David.

User avatar
Glen A
Millegniumer
Millegniumer
Posts: 1311
Joined: Wed May 02, 2007 8:34 pm
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Interests: Gn15, G 1:24

Postby Glen A » Thu Sep 16, 2010 6:48 am

Looks great!
So are you going to tell us where you got the driver from?
He almost has a Harry Potter type look to him.

User avatar
Bilco
Millegniumer
Millegniumer
Posts: 1035
Joined: Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:55 pm
Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Interests: 7mm & 16mm NG, Gn15

GnERNIE...agnother Underground ernie conversion

Postby Bilco » Thu Sep 16, 2010 7:42 am

WOW - Charlie, that's a great conversion of Ernie! You've really changed the appearance away from the toy-like, yet kept the basic structure and made it a believable speeder. And you've kept the light! :D

I'd also like to know the origin of the driver - a great combo Image
Bill

If at first you don't succeed, cheat.
Too soon old, too late smart.

https://sites.google.com/site/myoldlayouts/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/149926300@N07/albums

trefor
True GnATTERbox
True GnATTERbox
Posts: 59
Joined: Sun Aug 29, 2010 7:59 pm
Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire
Interests: I am interested in railways generally. I have started making a layout, sort of 15" or possibly 18" gaugeish

Postby trefor » Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:05 am

That's nice.

I like the figure. Did you make him or modify him from something?
Trefor

User avatar
Charlie Stewart
GnatterBox Centurion
GnatterBox Centurion
Posts: 139
Joined: Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:43 pm
Location: East Yorkshire
Interests: Gn15

Postby Charlie Stewart » Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:33 am

Thanks guys, the" driver" has been altered to sit in the vehicle, the arms have been sawn off & re-positioned too. he had something in his hands too and I lost both of his thumbs removing them :cry: :cry: . infact both his 'new' thumbs are short lengths of insulation from electric cable, then filled/made good :shock: :shock: . He was in a pack of two, with a board game, and its one of those things that "just appeared " from someone/somewhere???,

I ask all my friends ( thats not many "real" people..hahahahahaha.....) to be on the look-out for suitable figures wherever they find themselves to be, its a good system as i get absolutely allsorts of examples,(also its a cheap way of them showing they really do still love me :shock: :shock: ) then spend some time sawing/swapping heads/posture etc gives you variety & individuality.

Infact it is less than 12 months since I actually posted on here for help with figures suitable for us ( because I had NONE!!!)and now i have a fair drawer full of suitable donor parts & figures.( Frankenstein..eat your heart out..hehehehehe...)

HTH

Charlie
My YouTube videos



light travels faster than sound... thats why some people appear bright until they open their mouth!!!

User avatar
PeterH
Seasoned Campaigner
Seasoned Campaigner
Posts: 440
Joined: Sun Sep 28, 2008 6:54 am
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Interests: Railway history, drinking beer

Postby PeterH » Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:45 am

Driff_Charlie wrote:I ask all my friends ( thats not many "real" people..hahahahahaha.....) to be on the look-out for suitable figures wherever they find themselves to be, its a good system as i get absolutely allsorts of examples,(also its a cheap way of them showing they really do still love me :shock: :shock: ) then spend some time sawing/swapping heads/posture etc gives you variety & individuality.

Didn't Mary Shelly write a book about someone who did that ? As I recall it did not end well :twisted:
Peter

User avatar
Charlie Stewart
GnatterBox Centurion
GnatterBox Centurion
Posts: 139
Joined: Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:43 pm
Location: East Yorkshire
Interests: Gn15

Postby Charlie Stewart » Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:04 am

hahahahaha... yes but the doctor had to "PAY" people to bring him suitable donors didnt he??......


......(ooeerr well i suppose i do buy some of them....)



ooooh the similarities continue especially as my house will be 200 years old soon...........high ceilings... dark wooden panneled walls..etc..etc...

..Charlie :twisted: :twisted: LMAO
My YouTube videos



light travels faster than sound... thats why some people appear bright until they open their mouth!!!

User avatar
Simon Andrews
Demi-Millegniumer
Demi-Millegniumer
Posts: 982
Joined: Tue Oct 04, 2005 1:48 pm
Location: Calne, Wiltshire, England.
Interests: narrow gauge modelling, 009, 09.

Postby Simon Andrews » Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:22 am

The speeder looks great Charlie. Well worth the wait :wink:

Simon
Image

kf4mat
True GnATTERbox
True GnATTERbox
Posts: 65
Joined: Sat Aug 21, 2010 7:03 pm
Location: Fredericksburg, Va, USA
Interests: Gn15 modeling

Postby kf4mat » Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:52 am

Great job! It's amazing the talent on this board.

User avatar
Little Andi.
GnatterBox Centurion
GnatterBox Centurion
Posts: 348
Joined: Mon May 04, 2009 3:27 pm
Location: Leic's East-Mid's - UK.
Interests: Interested in Narrow gauge modelling within a dioramic context.

Postby Little Andi. » Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:54 pm

Very good - the two years cogitating has actually been particularly worthwhile.
Nice little speeder and quite the "characterful" driver.

A well done from me.
KBO .......................... Andi.

User avatar
michael
Millegniumer
Millegniumer
Posts: 1851
Joined: Sat Nov 06, 2004 4:10 pm
Location: Alberta Canada
Interests: Gn15

Postby michael » Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:41 pm

Charlie, I am always amazed at how the toy like donors of the small industrial type locos that get made here. I have seen a few that are great and I must say that the conversion you have made is superb! The simple economy of the changes you have made are very believable, and the figure is really full of character. I was wondering also how you made him.
Regards Michael
If you believe you can make something, you can make it.

http://users.xplornet.com/~macton/index.html

User avatar
Geeky Gecko
GnatterBox Centurion
GnatterBox Centurion
Posts: 268
Joined: Thu May 10, 2007 4:56 pm
Location: Yorkshire
Interests: modelling in card

Postby Geeky Gecko » Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:04 pm

That looks great, Charlie. Which exhibition are you showing at?
Stefan

User avatar
Willow Creek Traction
Demi-Millegniumer
Demi-Millegniumer
Posts: 923
Joined: Wed Feb 07, 2007 5:14 am
Location: Boonville, Missouri, USA
Interests: HO, On30, G/Hn15, regular G, kites, model rockets, the occasional model boat, retro sci-fi miniatures game.

Postby Willow Creek Traction » Sat Sep 18, 2010 2:07 am

That red is exactly the right color.
Looking over the reading glasses expression is a classic - sort of an "off to the next location to check their ledgers" theme.
later, Forrest Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. -- Nikola Tesla, July, 1934

User avatar
Arthur Inch
'boxer
'boxer
Posts: 21
Joined: Sat Jun 12, 2010 3:28 pm
Location: Exeter,Devon, UK.
Interests: Model Railways, DCC, Buildings and scenery

Postby Arthur Inch » Sun Sep 19, 2010 11:01 am

Charlie, great topic, superb job, have a couple of these lurking about, was pondering what to do with them.

User avatar
Boghopper
GnatterBox Centurion
GnatterBox Centurion
Posts: 170
Joined: Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:52 pm
Location: East Sussex
Interests: Narrow gauge railway modelling

Postby Boghopper » Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:28 pm

I'm so jealous of you all and you UnderGrnound Gnernies, especially your lesson in simplicity Charlie. I want one!

I'm flattered that you've taken the trouble to follow my progress with my 0-16.5 layout, Duncton Yard, progress on which, because of work commitments, has slowed to a crawl. So, to rekindle my enthusiasm, I'd like to have a go at an Ernie conversion. So, where can I get one???

Chris
Capability Chris

Creating beautiful gardens across the southeast
http://chrisodonoghue.co.uk
http://gdngrs.com Greenwich and District Narrow Gauge Railway Society
- visit http://expong.org Expo Narrow Gauge

User avatar
Bilco
Millegniumer
Millegniumer
Posts: 1035
Joined: Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:55 pm
Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Interests: 7mm & 16mm NG, Gn15

GnERNIE

Postby Bilco » Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:50 pm

Hi Chris - well, Antics have them http://www.railway-models.co.uk/x1691_1.html at £20 a shot :shock: :shock:

Try Googling for Underground Ernie Inspection Car and see what comes up!
Bill

If at first you don't succeed, cheat.
Too soon old, too late smart.

https://sites.google.com/site/myoldlayouts/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/149926300@N07/albums

User avatar
Boghopper
GnatterBox Centurion
GnatterBox Centurion
Posts: 170
Joined: Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:52 pm
Location: East Sussex
Interests: Narrow gauge railway modelling

Postby Boghopper » Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:13 pm

Hi Bill, Unfortunately Antics don't supply Ernie online. However, it is available from Metromodels for £19.99, but... the postage is an extra £2.50! Sounds a bit steep so I think I'll carry on looking. Thanks anyway.

Chris
Capability Chris



Creating beautiful gardens across the southeast

http://chrisodonoghue.co.uk

http://gdngrs.com Greenwich and District Narrow Gauge Railway Society

- visit http://expong.org Expo Narrow Gauge


Return to “Modelling Matters”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests