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Postby Ian Thompson » Sun Nov 16, 2008 6:56 pm

Hi guys, here are some pictures I took this morning of my latest critter. It's built over a B'mann plymouth, the little flatcars are built on freight trucks. There are four more awaiting their trucks, painted up. My hope is to assemble a small collection of crates, containers, tanks etc to use as interchangeable loads on the flats. Iwon't be building any more of the cars, but there is a 'sister' loco to this one to be used as a derelict next to the engine shed....if I get that far... These models are a bit of a departure from my normal style of finishing with oils, which was getting a bit of a drag to be honest. I like the rough, loose style of these little guys.

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I'm envisioning a scene framed by old barns, stacks of cordwood, ramshackle storage sheds, and a little loco shed. I've built a 8" by 48" base, and have converted most of the settrack needed to model some steel panel track for the scene. I just need a bit more to lay a small fiddle yard off-scene, and then I can lay track. Will keep you posted!

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Postby dr5euss » Sun Nov 16, 2008 7:00 pm

Fantastic work as usual, Ian 8)

Is the figure a one off, or available as a casting?

Did you use weathering powders or chalks?

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Postby Jon Randall » Sun Nov 16, 2008 7:05 pm

Very gnice Ian. 8)
Have you got any pictures of them being constructed :?:
What's the environment :?: It looks kinda corrosive :?
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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Sun Nov 16, 2008 7:17 pm

I like the models, they look fanstastic :D I really like them :D :D
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Postby michael » Sun Nov 16, 2008 7:22 pm

Ian I love the little loco and flats, I really like the finish that you achieved.
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Postby gfadvance » Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:11 pm

:D Now thats got character :) :)

I too love the finish you have achieved(and would love to know how it was done) and considering how much you have blown up the pictures the finihsed result is superb.

Will look forward to seeing the rest of the layout as it progresses
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Postby DCRfan » Mon Nov 17, 2008 5:42 am

:shock: :shock: :shock: Amazing finish
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Postby Glen A » Mon Nov 17, 2008 6:13 am

Wow Stunning stuff. 8)
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Postby Bilco » Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:20 pm

Terrific modelling Ian - fantastic finish on the loco and stock, and a really lovely figure. What paints did you use, if you have given up on the oils?
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Postby tstone » Mon Nov 17, 2008 4:17 pm

Very nice! As many have been said, the rust/grunge finish is amazing.
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Postby macbain » Mon Nov 17, 2008 4:45 pm

Ian:

That is some outstanding modelling! I truly covet your technique.

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Postby Ian Thompson » Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:37 am

Hi guys

Thankyou for all the lovely comments! George, the figure is 'Dave' from Schomberg, with a hat made of epoxy putty. The finish was done by coating the parts with acrylics (faded red on the loco and rusty orange on the cars), which set off for a few minutes, then an alcohol+ink wash was flowed over that, and while still damp, chalk pastels were sprinkled or puffed over the surface. The wash was heavy enough in the recesses that the black wicked through to the surface in places creating a nice shadow/grease effect. different shades of rust and earth tones were used here and there to accent the different parts of the models, and some of the wash was touched on here and there for added shadows, or to darken small details just to differentiate them a bit. A graphite pencil and graphite powder on my finger was used to 'metalise' exposed wear areas. Defined streaks can be done by mixing rusty pastel powder with alcohol, painting this on, then once dry, softening the edges a bit with a brush. Colored pencils can be used to lightly highlight other bits for variety, and spots of acrylic color can represent patchy, crusty rust or caked dirt. I really just put all the materials in front of me, and fiddle around until I'm happy with the look. You tend to get some neat 'happy accidents' that way, which is more fun than trying to control the finish too much. Hopefully this gives some ideas to try. These were a lot of fun to make, and hopefully I'll have something new to share soon! Thanks again guys!

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Postby Simon Andrews » Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:31 am

Just like to echo everyone elses comments Ian. Inspiring work 8)

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Postby henrix72se » Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:02 pm

echo, echo, echhhoooo, :wink: :wink:

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Postby Ian Thompson » Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:45 am

I thought I'd post a look at my first batch of crates, I think I'm going to need quite a few more though, at least enough for one empty, one loaded, per car. Plus a few as clutter... anyhoo, it's a start.

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The crates are balsa, the firewood split from maple twigs collected in the woods behind my home on doggie walks! The only part of my hobby the poor neglected animal enjoys, no doubt!

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Postby michael » Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:17 pm

Hello Ian, The crates look great! one question I have is regarding the coupling of the little wagons, they have a small pin that is verticle. will you be using a simple loop to connect them? and ill you be doing any shunting or just leaving a few linked together that you will deal with in the fiddle yard?
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Postby Ian Thompson » Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:29 am

Hi Michael

You raise an interesting point; the cars are so small and light that "hands on" switching/coupling could be a problem. I'm thinking that pairs of cars could be left coupled together, requiring just one link to be added or removed. The links will be steel wire, the cars' pins are brass. I'm experimenting with a magnetized tool that could be used to pick off the links without disturbing the cars, I'm not sure if it'll work though. I just don't think commercial couplers would look right on such simple cars, plus I want to keep it as simple as possible. So, pairs of cars would be shifted about, with the empty and loaded crates/bins swapped about. They have a loose enough fit on the cars that I can pick them off and on without derailing the car.

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Here's a first try at a steel bin, it's folded paper, I kinda like this one, I'm going to make a couple more I think. Any thoughts?

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Postby michael » Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:31 pm

Hi Ian, quite some time ago I did some experiments with wire couplings to fit the sorts of flats that you have made, I have a lot(miles) of this wire.

this was the result that might lead you to a solution.
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The next pic shows a loop that connects onto a pin below, and was released by pushing down with a piece of plastic.

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If you would like some of this wire I will be doing some consolidating in the storage sheds before the end of december. I can send you some.
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Postby DCRfan » Fri Dec 12, 2008 8:36 pm

I like it No Hand-of-God just the Grim Reapers scythe flashing out of the sky :lol:
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Postby Ian Thompson » Sat Dec 13, 2008 1:55 pm

Hmmmm... thats got the imagination working. I'm going to experiment with some springy wire, I have a bit on hand, but thankyou for the kind offer Michael. I'm also wondering if I could come up with some sort of linkage to raise and lower the coupling loops on the loco, as if the operator had devised a way of doing this himself from his seat, with a spring loaded lever or some such. If I leave cars grouped together, shifting one group at a time, this would be all thats required. I will keep you posted.

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Postby Ian Thompson » Tue Mar 17, 2009 3:37 pm

Hi guys, it's been a while since I've posted anything here, I guess it's time for an update. I decided I needed a woodsier feeling locomotive for my firewood show, so after much trial and error I came up with this:

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The plan is for a boxy 'model T' type hood and a little corrugated roof. The sideframes were cut from a Kadee disconnect log truck, the wheels are Branchlines I think, with a Bachmann motor and some salvaged pickups in a balsa frame. Sounds quick but it took bloody forever to get running... One quirk, one wheel is slightly off center and the whole thing rocks gently side to side down the track...perfect!! Its nice and slow so it just gives it a bit of character. Next step a suitably decrepit driver.

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Postby Simon Andrews » Tue Mar 17, 2009 3:57 pm

Oooohh that looks promising 8) I feel a touch of the green eyed monster coming on :mrgreen: Looking forward to the next update :D

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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:07 pm

I like it :D

Keep us posted on developments :D
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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:10 pm

Ooooh, looks promising, no pressure Ian, just dont keep us waiting too long :wink:
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Postby Pandy » Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:09 pm

Very nice ! well done ! Can't wait to see the finished product. Would it be possible to apply for the position as Im just about as decrepit a critter driver as you can find ! :)
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