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.
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.
Pretty impressive first critter there. Just think how awesome the fifteenth will be
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
Thank you all for the welcome and the kind remarks.I'll try and answer some of your questions.
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.
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?
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.
I have been busy making the radiator cowling and will post some more progress pics soon.
Thanks for looking.
Wow! Adrian,thanks for that link.They have some cool components to make just about anything that spins or whirs in some way 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.
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.
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.
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.