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MG & FT Bachmann Emily Conversion the 'Neptune'
Posted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:20 pm
With the recent introduction of a moderately priced Bachmann "Emily" 4-2-2 large single, I decided to attempt a GN15 conversion for the MG & FT based on Roland Emett's "Neptune". Not quite the full "Emett" treatment, but still with some degree of "Whimsey" in the true "Much Gnattering and Far Twaddle Light Railway"
The first picture shows a plan compared against Emily.
The next picture shows the modified body to meet Smallbrook standards to ensure compatability. Note that the cylinders have been enlarged.
The next picture shows the boiler. The smokebox door comes from a Chinese Hornby gresley Pacific. The boiler is built to represent wooden lagging as used during the Victorian period. The rivets are pin heads.
The final picture of this series shows the work so far. Mike Rayner of Smallbrook Studios has recently released a GN15 Station lamp and one of the castings makes an ornate sort of Victorian chimney. Come to think of it, when the large driving wheel splash covers are added, the loco will look a little bit like a Crampton. Please be advised that this engine is for non-stop express duties between Much Gnattering and Far Twaddle. Work has yet to be started on the tender. The next phase will be the firebox, cab sides and then wheel splashers. Finally, the engine will be named "Patrick Taylor" , after my brother-in-law and friend who passed away recently.
Posted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 1:52 am
Nice work on the styrene, Mark.
Especially the complex curved shape at the bottom of the funnel.
The pin heads make great rivets, don't they?
I had someone in the smaller scales ask me if I had a tool for making rivets (I think he was hoping to sell me one).
I said I don't need one; I use pin heads.
He just looked at me strangely.
Any tool out there could never punch the high profile needed for G scale, without distorting the rest of the sheet in such a small piece of work.
Posted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:29 am
Like that alot
Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:32 pm
The following pictures show the work so far on my Emett style Bachmann "Emily" conversion.
The above photo shows the bulk of the loco complete, with small finishing touches such as handrails, filling in of gaps (cylinders) and the addition of a few more rivets - plus the cab needs detailing.
This close up shows the decoration of the splasher and its relationship with the cab side. There is a lot of room for some small embellishments and further decoration to maintain the nautical theme. I start work on the tender soon.
Posted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:21 am
Chimney construction......I wanted to give a degree of Emett Whimsey
to my Neptune class and decided that the top of the chimney could do with some Stephnson's Rocket type of embellishment.
This was achieved using some "Scalelink" 7mm scale GWR station valancing. The top of Mike Ryaner's casting is an octagon, that measured almost the exact length of two valance points - and with a half etch to make bending easier. It turned out that the size was just too small to go around the outside, but perfect to sit on top. The previously fitted capuchon was removed so as not to overcrowd the chimney.
3/4 profile showing the result when attached to the smokebox and general proportions of the loco.
This final view of this series shows the unconverted tender. This will require raising from the chassis and the construction of a new body - making room along the sides for some of mikes "Hector" spring castings.
Posted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:27 pm
Posted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:38 pm
This image shows the method of extension on the tender to give Driver Firestone somewhere to move and to bring the model into proportion.
Sideframes required to fill the gap and to bring the tender to the required height in line with the Smallbrook Studios (Mike Rayner) Nellie range (GN15) as used on the MG & FT.
Tender with a little bit of detailing - the springs, cab sides, cab spectacle plate, whistle and buffer beams were all kindly supplied by Mike Rayner.
Cab steps, some more rivet detail and other little bits require adding.
Final view - loco and tender in proportion.
Posted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:14 pm
It's gonna be a thing of beauty
Posted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:34 pm
.......or maybe a labour of love
. I must get hold of some Grandt Line rivets rather than using pins as I have done so here.
Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:29 am
Love the lines and overall proportions Mark, those beautiful little details ooze class.
Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:13 pm
Dave and Gene,
Thanks for the feedback. Dave, I like what you have achieved with "Critter's Cafe" and I agree with you that its the detail that counts. I suppose part of the fun with our hobby is coming up with solutions to design questions - as demonstrated in the use of everyday items to "morph" into miniature drills, tresle tables and old oil cans - truly inspiring !
Kind regards and best wishes,
Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:59 pm
I bet you are looking forward to painting it now.
Posted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:28 pm
Painting will be, shall we say....interesting. I don't have a problem with dealing with the wooden boiler banding, but it's the main colour scheme, the means of highligting the "waves" along the body just above the wheels, whether a white/pale colour chimney/wheel splasher will work or not, should I keep the green wheels........oooohhh decisions..
Still I like a challenge
Posted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 12:07 pm
The final picture with added detail prior to priming and painting..
Just above the cylinder is an anchor in keeping with the nautical theme, and also a ships wheel (half) in the middle of the wheel splasher to add a little bit extra. These white metal items were found in craft shop for the princely some of £1 (with a sail boat and fish as well). The tender has had the "MG & FT" lettering added, together with a water filler cap, fire iron brackets/supports, and some hand rails to round it all off.
Now comes the hard part.......painting.
The view below shows the comparison in sizes between a "Hector" class and "Neptune" - a matter of 2". Should fit onto the Peco ON30 turntable with ease.........
Posted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 1:30 pm
Really beautiful touches added, love the anchor
Posted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:08 am
It appears to be a fabulous locomotive you've built. I'm quite sure it should be a delight for you to paint!
Posted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 2:16 pm
Mark, congratulations on a wonderful locomotive ! those splashers really do seem to shout "paddle steamer !" at us, the wave effect along the frames is wonderfully quirky and as for the half ship's wheels and anchor, brilliant ! love it ! really looking forward to seeing the results of the paint shop, keep up the great work, well done !
Posted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 2:25 pm
Really having to behave after seeing Marks locos and little layout develop over time.
I could easily get in to building these.
Awesome models mark, I am looking forward to the painting of this loco and see what else is in the pipeline...
Keep up the good work Mark
Posted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 4:55 pm
Mark a delicious model!! I want one
I looked at that donor loco just the other day but could not get my hand into my pocket, because that other chap inside my head told me off.
I am looking forward to seeing it painted.
Posted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:31 pm
I have to admit I really like the effect produced by the mis-use of the etched GWR valancing, must put that in the "stolen ideas" file
it really has worked very very well, and that's just in the raw state !
Posted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 12:46 pm
Mike, Andy, Dave and Lorraine.
Painting is complete but I have to varnish and then add the little details before placing in the forum. Not helped with some internet connection problems, but now resolved. Photos in about 24-48 hrs. Thanks for the feedback,
kindregards and best wishes,
Posted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 4:18 pm
Well, I couldn't wait any longer........
This view shows the side profile. The Station Master at "Far Twaddle" is so impressed with the non stop express run from "Much Gnattering" that he had to climb on the footplate and get a feel of the big new single driver. His watch and timetable confirm the speed. Driver Firestone has made off for a well deserved cup of strong sweet tea. This first engine of the "Neptune" class is named "Patrick" in memory of a recently departed friend.
3/4 rear profile. Whistle chain and further copper piping, together with a pair of sight glasses await final fitting.
Top view showing the fire irons set and healthy head of steam remaining in the boiler. Certainly enough for a light engine run back to Chipping Clinker for a clean and oil round.
The initial Bachmann Emily that started it all.
Kind regards and best wishes,
Posted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 4:33 pm
Fantastic modelling, your painting is right on the money.
Posted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 4:45 pm
Two thumbs up from me!..........
I know this isn't everyone's cup of tea? - But, it's never the less a stupendous piece of modelling. it's not the easiest thing to be in overall charge of the design and execution of a piece of modelling like this. It takes much forethought and the courage to take it all apart if it doesn't come out the way it should - or as it looks in your head.
So, no simple task then, and one that should be much lauded and applauded --- VERY WELL DONE THAT MAN!
Posted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 5:00 pm
I've stolen the first painted picture to use as desk top art. I was right, for a change, it is a thing of beauty.
Job well done!