First Critter and first post

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Postby RobM » Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:55 pm

You're right the raised detailing on the cowl really brings it alive, adding to the wealth of detail on the engine. Watching this one with interest (and mounting envy :lol: ).
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Postby micrognat » Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:07 am

Thanks,Artizen,
Not sure on the color yet,but I think those huge buffers need to be red. :D
Thank you Steve and RobM for the kind comments.

I went to my local train hobby shop today and ordered the On30 trolley for the drive train,90$ later and next week to get it,JeeeeeZZZZZ,but worth it as it will fit nicely and be totally hidden so I can fully detail the cab interior.Also picked up a piece of code 83 flex track,# 5 Kadee couplers,spikes and some 1/4" square basswood so I can make a little test track.
Did some work on the said detailing today and came up with this.
Thanks for looking.
Cheers,
Ron.
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I also picked up a junk HO diesel loco for 10$ which yielded some styrene side frames that I will cut the journal boxes from and make leaf springs from styrene strip to detail the chassis with.
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Postby Adrian » Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:44 am

G'day Ron
This little critter is coming along really well.
I went to my local train hobby shop today and ordered the On30 trolley for the drive train,90$ later and next week to get it,JeeeeeZZZZZZ

Its a shame that any decent mechanics cost so much but the body that you have built deserves the best.
The quality and satisfaction of a good build should live on much longer than the pain of the price will be remembered..
I am looking forward to seeing the model after its painted.
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Postby bonneville » Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:55 am

What a great little critter!

You have a wonderful skill in making each piece look like it belongs.
Nice job 8)

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Postby Tomo » Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:07 am

Your a craftsman, it shows readily in your work!

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Postby micrognat » Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:18 pm

Adrian,you are absolutely right about the cost,most times cheaper is not a good value.While I'm waiting for the drive to arrive I will try and finish up the rest of the details and get on with the painting of at least the superstructure.I will finish up the frame once I have installed the mounts and such for the drive and I have to also trim the height of the frame to suit.
I made the cab roof today by laminating a piece of .010" and .020" styrene sheet,that I taped around a coffee can that happened to be very close to the radius required.I made a frame from sheet and strip which was glued to the pre-curved roof.This makes the roof removable so the engineer figure can be put in.
I took a couple of pics of the critter trundling past the 1/24 scale old grist mill that I building.Hope you like it and thanks for looking.
Cheers,
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Postby micrognat » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:25 am

Hello all,
I did a little more work on this one over the last couple of days.Bleedin work cuts into too much of my model making time,however I laid down some code# 83 rail onto some 1/4" square basswood ties for a mini diorama/display stand.Also chopped out the journal boxes from the donor loco trucks and constructed the spring packs from styrene strip and should ad a nice little bit of detail to the otherwise plain side frames.Thanks for looking.
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Postby Little Andi. » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:39 am

Excellent modelling - my kind of build, and my kind of thread. Thanks for taking the time to set this out for us all: it inspires me at least, to trying that little bit harder to focus and produce something in emulation.

Marvellous.
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Postby henrix72se » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:52 am

I agree - looks amazing !

May I ask how you cut the plastikard so sharp and straight, it looks like you are using rather thick sheets ?

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Postby Oztrainz » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:54 am

micrognat wrote:Thanks,Artizen,
Not sure on the color yet,but I think those huge buffers need to be red. :D

Did some work on the said detailing today and came up with this.
Thanks for looking.
Cheers,
Ron.


Hi Ron
Red like this :?:
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Your loco is a great piece of modelling. I'm also watching it develop with interest.
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Postby Bob Roegge » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:33 am

Very nice build. The details are excellent. Can't wait to see it painted.
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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:42 am

Man that baby is looking good. That grill trim has gotta be chromed!
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Postby micrognat » Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:42 pm

Thank you all,
Andi,I am flattered that you are inspired by my work. Cheers

Hendrik,the styrene is .040" thick and I cut it by scribing it with a sharp hobby knife and snapping it,then the edges are De-burred with a small sanding block.

Oztrain,something like that and do you have any more pics of that cool little critter.That thing just begs to be modeled. :D

Willow Creek Traction,Hmmm,maybe just the remnants of some over the rusty trim strip.

Bob,here is what I have in mind for the basic color palette.

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The cruddy rusty areas where done with garlic powder granules sprinkled on top of a coat hair spray and then spread around with a brush.After this was dry I used rust colored paints and pastel powders to weather it.
Thank you everyone for your kind remarks.
Cheers,
Ron.

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Postby franckcombe » Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:38 pm

Astonishing work in scratchbuilding !!
The weathering seems also very promising !!

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Postby bonneville » Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:57 pm

Really top work. This model is superb in every aspect, and the thought and care taken in each aspect shows.
Everything looks like it belongs.

Can't wait to see the finished critter. You deserve all the praise you get for this one.

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Postby RobM » Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:45 am

Garlic powder...hmm just as well the internet is not scracth and sniff yet :lol: Seriously though if that one buffer block looks that good I can't wait to see the entire thing weathered. Great job!
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Postby micrognat » Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:02 pm

Thank you all for the kind comments,I appreciate them.
The On30 trolley arrived yesterday and after I got it home,it took about 3.2 milliseconds to void the warranty on it. :lol:
I carefully took it apart and was very pleased with the self contained drive unit.The directional lighting circuit may also be reused.
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I modified my chassis so the power unit would just mount with screws to some brackets that I built.The buffer blocks will be hollowed out on the backside to clear the ends of the power unit chassis.
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I think I will make a directional constant lighting circuit that that I found on the net,There is lots of room between the styrene chassis and the power unit for one to fit. And I will be also able to upgrade to DCC in the future.
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Thanks for looking,
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To all.
Cheers,
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Postby chris69 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:41 pm

Not only fast,but great job!
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Postby Oztrainz » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:41 pm

Hi Ron, Gnice work with the streecar chassis. I have used one underneath my SuperH palletmover on the Randim Stackum & Wrackem. the build photos on that one are in the RS&W thread at around Page 5 or 6.

I'll dig the rest of the ILRMS Fordson railtractor photos out after Christmas and post them to a gnew thread in the Gnot Minimum Gauge area.
Merry Christmas from DownUnder
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Postby michael » Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:39 am

Hi Ron Merry Christmas from the other side of the country. What a wonderful loco you are creating, I concur with Andi my kind of build and my kind of thread.
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Postby micrognat » Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:12 pm

Thank you everyone and a belated Happy New Year to all.
Had a good bit of time over the holidays to get some more work done on this one.
I made two new buffers for the ends of the loco from styrene sheet and tube with automotive filler to fill the space between the parts.These where then sanded to look like castings.Kadee #5 couplers are used in the bottom most slot which is at the proper HO gauge height. I also finished up the detailing on the sides of the chassis.
I have made a little display base for the critter,which I have been experimenting with some different scenery methods.
Thanks for looking,
Cheers,
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Postby michael » Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:42 pm

Very Nice Ron, I like the display base as well.
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Postby Artizen » Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:06 pm

Magic on a stick! Or is that a plinth?
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Postby ian holmes » Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:41 am

Wow! That is a seriously nice piece of work!

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Postby henrix72se » Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:24 am

How did it go, did you finish this loco ?

Would be nice to see.

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