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First Critter and first post

Postby micrognat » Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:18 pm

Hello all,
I have been lurking around this forum for a little while and decided I will get back into model railroading.My first train set was given to me for xmas when I was 13 years old (quite a few decades ago) and I have always been building models of some genre and scale since then.
I really like the Gn15 concept and the size makes for lots of detailing to be used without straining one's eyes to death.( I was into N scale for awhile) The current plan is to make a 3' x 8' modular layout of a mine and ore transfer point.
First up I started on a 1/24 scale critter built from styrene sheet and will be powered using an On30 trolley mechanism.I scratch-built a little motor for it from bits and bobs from the parts bin and styrene strip with a block of wood for the engine block.The critter measures 2" wide x 4 1/2" long x 4" tall.
Hope you like it, thanks for looking, comments and suggestions are most welcome.
Cheers,
Ron.
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Postby Geno6309 » Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:42 pm

That is one good looking engine on that locomotive. Shame to cover it with a bonnet. Welcome to the asylum.

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Postby Little Andi. » Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:56 pm

A most excellent start - and welcome.
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Postby Bilco » Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:16 pm

Very nice engine you've produced for your critter, Ron, and the critter is shaping up nicely, too. Keep posting, please :D
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Postby chris stockdale » Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:38 pm

Ron,

That's a very pleasing little number you've started there.

I think you're going to like it in here.... :D

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Postby Artizen » Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:03 pm

That's really nice!

Will the flywheel spin around as well?
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Postby Ian-IoM » Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:48 pm

Welcome aboard,

Excellent work on the engine, very neat and convincing 8)
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Postby Mark Goodwin » Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:58 am

Ron,

Looks fantastic - great to see a drawing come to life. A nice amount of detail too. I look forward to seeing the critter's progress. Welcome aboard.
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Postby chris69 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:34 am

Hi,
fantastic critter,love to see the progress. And a big welcome to the NUTHOUSE!

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Postby Adrian » Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:47 am

G''day Ron

WOW --- Weeee !!!!

Now that little critter looks really great.
The motor looks as though, with a drop of fuel, it could actually burst into life.

Will it be DC or DCC ?
If DCC are you planning sound ?
Looks good enough to warrant it.

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Postby Trevor Coburn » Thu Nov 22, 2012 5:31 am

Another welcome from me to Ron, that motor looks a cracker.....

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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:12 pm

Pretty impressive first critter there. Just think how awesome the fifteenth will be :wink: :D
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Postby joe gilmartin » Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:56 pm

Ron ........
Outstanding start ......welcome
cannot wait to see how it progesses

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Postby Bob Roegge » Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:45 pm

Wonderful looking critter. I love exposed engines and yours is great. Look forward to seeing it through completion.
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Postby micrognat » Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:23 pm

Thank you all for the welcome and the kind remarks.I'll try and answer some of your questions.

Gene;
I am going to leave as much of that engine exposed as I can by only having vertical panels at the front and rear portions of the bonnet.

Ian;
I have been thinking about how to make that flywheel spin independently from the movement of the loco,but nothing concrete comes to mind just yet.Maybe a tiny vibration motor from a cell phone,powered with a small button battery?Any ideas?

Adrian;
This one will be just DC for now but DCC and sound is a good possibility for the future.A smoke unit is a must I think. :D

I have been busy making the radiator cowling and will post some more progress pics soon.
Thanks for looking.
Cheers,
Ron.

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Postby Adrian » Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:36 am

G'day Ron
Just a thought for spinning the flywheel ____ http://www.gizmoszone.com/shopping/agor ... s;ppinc=1g

A supplier of small motors/gearboxes/other exiting goodies.

I have used them myself several times with no problems.

They can supply those tiny motors complete with gear-boxes.

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Postby micrognat » Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:56 pm

Wow! Adrian,thanks for that link.They have some cool components to make just about anything that spins or whirs in some way :lol: I will be getting a couple of gear-head motors, gears and axle material from them in the very near future.
One of those wee planetary motors would fit easily into an appropriate size hole in the side of the wood engine block,with a button battery of the proper voltage and a small switch mounted on the inside of the styrene chassis = spinning flywheel.I might even have a go at making my own power unit for the critter.The On30 trolley car power units are a bit pricey and not easy to get.
Here is a little update on the radiator cowling,laminated styrene shell with screen from a dollar store tea strainer.
Cheers,
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Postby Artizen » Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:13 pm

Obviously not the first model you have built and it shows!!!! Top quality work (particularly as I have to build at least two of these and at least one steamer for my layout).


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Postby FairlieCrazee » Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:00 am

I love your engine on this, looks fantastic ! I've been getting mine from kits, although might build my own after seeing this ! :)
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Postby Adrian » Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:12 am

G'day Ron
Glad to be of help with the motor supplier.
I have used the motors in a number of projects _____
http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t= ... &start=300
(about 1/3 of the way down ---- the blue crane)
This crane used 3 of them.
It also uses some of the bevel gears to change the direction of rotation with success.

Just remember not to give them too many volts.

If you don't want to play around with batteries try one of these _________
http://www.dccconcepts.com/index_files/ ... erfree.htm

Not too sure of the output voltage but probably about right :D

(I don't know just what your level of expertise with 'electrics' is but the 'flicker free' circuit is available on Google if you 'talk to wires'.)

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Postby micrognat » Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:06 am

Thank you all,
Here is a little update.I thought that the radiator cowl looked a little plain so I added some ribbing made from .040 half round strip.Will put a initial on the round disk.I also made the fuel tank.Thanks for looking.
Cheer,
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Postby Simon Andrews » Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:02 am

Belated welcome Ron,

Nice looking loco. I like the engine blook alot. I am always impressed by people who seem to be able to produce a realistic model engine block out of odds and ends.

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Postby micrognat » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:58 am

Hi all,and thank you Simon.
I have some time of work now,so I have been busy making the fuel tank and the bonnet.As well I have finished the radiator cowl and the mount for it.I used watch setting knobs for the fuel cap and radiator cap.
Thanks for looking.
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Postby Artizen » Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:23 am

Oh yes - definitely needs a spinning flywheel with the open sides.

What colour are you going to paint the loco?
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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:46 am

Loving the exposed engine, a really nice bit of modelling.
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