Baby Alice, and some quarry wagons

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Baby Alice, and some quarry wagons

Postby Ian-IoM » Fri Sep 25, 2009 6:24 pm

'lo folks,

A bit of a lull in the model making recently, but I bought a Hornby "Ben" a few weeks ago and have started attacking it...

I've always liked the looks of the small quarry Hunslets, even if they are a bit broad gauge at nearly 2 feet, so I thought I'd have a go at something along the lines of the "Alice" class:

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The Ben footplate is a seperate moulding from the body and I've used that to retain the chassis mounting clips, I just added a new plasticard footplate on top then blocked out the basic shapes in plasticard. Obviously I've still to add all the twiddly bits :D
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Postby Steve Bennett » Fri Sep 25, 2009 7:54 pm

Yeah, I would say you have the basic outline about right there.
The chimney looks a little chunky to my untrained eye, but that may be because it is so straight, if you can get the flare top and bottom, that should make a big difference.
Shows a lot of promise, might even make me get the ones I have stashed away, out of their boxes :)
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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Fri Sep 25, 2009 7:55 pm

That's quite a sweet looking loco :D
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Postby Ian-IoM » Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:33 pm

Thanks folks,

I think you're right about the chimney Steve, it does look too fat and the flares would make it even fatter. I'll find a bit of smaller diameter tube - it's only blue tacked on at the moment anyway.
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Postby Anonymous » Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:57 pm

Looks very promising!

Please keep track of what "fiddly bits" you end up using. Maybe post a scan of your little drawing as well...

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Postby Ian-IoM » Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:32 pm

twofoot wrote:Maybe post a scan of your little drawing as well...

Okey dokey :) :
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For scaling the length of the footplate is 110mm
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Postby Hans H » Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:06 pm

Hi Ian,
That Alice is a real eye catcher, can just imagine how she will look :D

I have to find my Magic train locos and start on them, but I will not do an Alice tho :wink:

I had started on my IRIS parts for one of my Magictrains, but it is stached away in my basement.......now where can it be :roll: I gueuss it's where the other sought for item is.

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Postby elcamo » Sun Sep 27, 2009 12:11 am

looks awesome! very jealous of the many available chasis on the other side of the pond :cry:

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Postby scott b » Sun Sep 27, 2009 3:32 am

elcamo wrote:looks awesome! very jealous of the many available chasis on the other side of the pond :cry:


These are available in N.A. you just may be looking in the wrong part of the train store, you have to look at the Thomas line, they come in a blister pack and here (Canada) they cost about $45cdn. They are branded as Bachmann I think and the packaging is green, there are a few different trains available and there has been many used here for a variety of locos, my favourite being this http://users.xplornet.com/~macton/baguley.html
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Postby elcamo » Sun Sep 27, 2009 1:23 pm

yes they do have lots of them, but all are reallly jacked up pricing, i was looking for something cheaper, as a steam chassis....

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Postby Ian-IoM » Sun Sep 27, 2009 1:26 pm


The loco in this thread appears to be built on a Hornby "Bill"/"Ben" chassis available in the UK for about £25.


Yes, that's the one - it's the yellow loco here: http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t=3457
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Postby Nick Ellingworth » Sun Sep 27, 2009 2:36 pm

And a damn good chassis it is too, I wanted to pick one up at Aylsham (the Bure Valley Railway sells most of the Hornby Thomas range) but sady there were none in stock so I had to settle for the Smokey Joe/Caledonian Railway loco, which doesn't provide as nice a base for a Gn15 loco as Bill/Ben (in my opinion at least) but after a bit of excess metal removal I've got a very nice base for a kettle project.

I look forward to see where you go with this project Ian, I may steal a few ideas. I've always liked the quarry Hunslets.
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Postby rue_d_etropal » Sun Sep 27, 2009 3:17 pm

for anyone interested I have a couple listed on eBay at the moment. These are spare ones I will now not need. They are boxed and I look in pretty good condition. Excellent locos, it does amaze me when Hornby actually get something right(for us anyway :lol: )
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Postby Ian-IoM » Sun Sep 27, 2009 3:52 pm

The Bill/Ben body is in a couple of pieces, and seperate from the footplate, so there are possible useable bits there too, eg the saddle tank.

As for Hunslets, I'm waiting for a copy of "Quarry Hunslets of North Wales, The Great Little Survivors" to land on my doormat - 258 pages of Hunslets :D :D :D (Sad, me? :roll: )

In the meantime here's the result of a couple of afternoons going bog-eyed with bits of plasticard and rod:
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Postby dieselwater » Sun Sep 27, 2009 4:25 pm

Looking fantastic Ian. Good job with forming the chimney and modelling those rivets 8) :D
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Postby Anonymous » Sun Sep 27, 2009 4:28 pm

I'm always amazed at how a project transforms once the tiny bits are added.

Keep up the good work!

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Postby Glen A » Sun Sep 27, 2009 6:35 pm

Wow.
Great details, even the thin layer around the fire box door.
Its going to look exceptional when finished.

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Postby Ian-IoM » Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:11 pm

'lo folks,

The book arrived but I've managed to drag myself away from it to do a bit more on the model. Rivets are just slices of plastic rod, other stuff mainly built up from plasticard and rod with a bit of garden wire thrown in. I couldn't find plastic tube the right size for the chimney so I rolled that from paper and hardened it with superglue, not something I had tried before but it seemed to work quite well so I did the handbrake column the same way. Here's where I'm up to so far...

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From the front:
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and from the back:
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Postby michael » Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:26 pm

Excellent :!: :!: great work on all the little bits.
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Postby Ian-IoM » Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:17 pm

Now in glorious technicolour:
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Actually it's just undercoat, but it gives an idea of the colour scheme.
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Postby Steve Bennett » Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:32 pm

Very nice, looks great.
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Postby Anonymous » Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:16 pm

I am always surprised at what a simple coat of paint does to a model.
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Postby Dave Westall » Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:38 pm

Very good looking model that captures the character of the original locos well. 8)

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Postby Ian-IoM » Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:29 pm

Thanks folks,

Been having a go at the backhead gubbins, detail is built up from bits of plasticard, rod & wire as usual. To be honest I don't know what half the bits and pieces on steam locos do :oops: , but I've based it on piccys of Cloister at Kew Bridge:
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Quarry Hunslet detail

Postby Granitechops » Thu Oct 08, 2009 5:54 pm

Hi Ian & anyone else doing a Hunslet model, back in August I visited Lanceston when Darjeeling No.19 was visiting. As I had access to the engine shed I also did a video of Lillian ( with just a glance at Covercoat)

Theres a lot of close ups of back head, suspension, & etc

& particularly I panned the camera to follow the plumbing

Could be usefull for adding extra detail

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdaXv06z8Ss


& just for good measure this is the front of Velinheli


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