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something 32nd and steamy.

Postby bonneville » Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:25 pm

I have been inspired to dig out the styrene and have a go at a loco. Fancy something tramway-like and low slung.

let me gnow what you think. Bare bones at the mo.

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Postby bonneville » Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:38 pm

Hmm. Not having a lot of luck with posting photos from the mygn15 page. Be patient guys, sorry. Computer numpty. :oops:
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Postby bonneville » Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:03 pm

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Aha. That's better. Smartphone, not smart user. :D
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Postby rue_d_etropal » Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:22 pm

nice model, assume its 1/32 scale.
One thing I have found is that I need different locos for 1/32(1/35) and Gn15, but can share rolling stock such as tipper wagons.
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Postby bonneville » Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:40 pm

More progress, starting to look more like I imagined. 60 thou p.card throughout, except a plastic till roll for the boiler, and one slightly smaller to the dome. It's starting to gain a colonial kerr-Stuart feel methinks.
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Got the low-slung cab look I was looking for. Fleischmann Anna chassis will be the power. I would like the look of a waddly overbalanced little tank. Tramway skirts will hide the overly short wheelbase.
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Now for a basic, generic backhead. More 60 thou, evergreen rod bolts. Brass rod and some very useful handwheels from an old Lima seacow. A kind of mix and match, to
get that busy mess of pipework and cocks. ( stop sniggering in the back row!)

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Postby FairlieCrazee » Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:43 am

Lovley, Plastikard always leaves such a clean finish, love the backplate as well it really looks the part ! Given me ideas now, even though I said no steam engines.... Just so happen to have a steam engine chassis here though.... Ideas..
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Postby bonneville » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:36 am

Do it Nikki! Get the styrene cooking!

I said no steam locos too, but hey-ho, :roll:
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Postby Dallas_M » Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:26 am

Wow! Shaping up very nicely.
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Postby Glen A » Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:01 pm

Lovely work. love the backhead! now its going to be a shame to put a driver in and hide it.

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Postby rue_d_etropal » Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:10 pm

When I feel more comfortable with the CAD program I am using I would probably attempt something similar, but get it 3D printed.
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Postby bonneville » Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:26 pm

Ahh, 3d printing. Never tried this, but it sure looks like a hoot.

I think I would miss the actual building of the model. Watching the styrene gradually take shape is quite a buzz.

Keep me posted with your progress.

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Postby bonneville » Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:37 am

Little steamer is coming together.

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Nearly there. More soon.

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Postby Mark Goodwin » Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:32 am

Alex,

She's a thing of beauty and I can't wait to see her painted. The amount of detail is what makes all the difference and what you have done so far looks superb.

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Postby bonneville » Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:51 am

Thankyou Mark, Glad you like her.

Having a blast making this one. Colors will be plain black overall. grimy red bufferbeams, and dirty cream interior. As much as I love rust, she will not be too tatty.
Its almost an Austerity look I'm after. If that makes sense. No lining, or any pretty frills.

My future layout will be set in the mid 1970s. This little steamer will still be hard at work, recieving an oily rag regularly to keep her looking loved.
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Postby bonneville » Sat Dec 01, 2012 7:46 pm

Evening all.
Well, I think the little steamer is just about done. Finished her up with a homemade brass whistle, and formed some spectacle plates while the brass was on the workbench.

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Now for some paint. Nothing fancy here, just a plain black little loco.
Undercoated with Tamiya flat black, and a much lightened Vallejo Iraqui sand for the interior. I also added a flat Tamiya red in the buffer beams.

Next up , I started with the top coats. Four 70 percent thinned coats of flat black, and three 90 percent coats of satin black ( all vallejo) were gradually applied. I also added a dark grapite postshade around the smokebox to differentiate between the metals and surfaces.
Two more coats of satin red were applied to the buffer beams and various sooty shades were worked into the recesses of the cream cab interior.
The chipping process then began on the traffic areas such as cab sides an
d water filler hatches.
A few more areas of chipping and some graphite highlights for worn steel, and I think we're about done.
Enough prattling from me, have some pics instead :D

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What do you think? This is my first scratchbuilt narrow gauge steamer, so advice and critism would be most welcomed.

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Postby Trevor Coburn » Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:57 pm

Thats a cracker Alex. For a first attempt it's truly outstanding.

If I may suggest a pressure gauge in the cab (some thing that no steamer can operate with out, and I think the inside of the cab roof should follow the outside. Majority of NG loco cab roofs where (are) sheet steel.
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Postby bonneville » Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:05 pm

Thanks Trevor, taken on board!

The cab profile was taken from a shot of the interior of a mine/quarry loco with an reinforced roof, I guess to avoid injury to crew from loose stuff falling from cliffs.

Good point about gauge. :idea: I' ll add one!

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Postby Bilco » Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:32 am

Hi ALex,

Beautiful work, as are all your models.
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Postby bonneville » Sun Dec 02, 2012 4:43 pm

Thanks Bilco! I had loads of fun making her.

Hmm, what to make next? :?:
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Postby Adrian » Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:38 am

G'day Alex

Just adding my congratulations to the existing ones on a job well done.
That little loco looks really great.
I really liked the way it went from being a styrene model to a work of art when you painted it.
The transformation was amazing.

My only regret is that you choose to model a tramways style loco ----- personally I love to see those little 'wiggly' bits 'doing their thing' under the foot plate ---- but that's just me and it is your model.

Well done.
Just wish I was good enough to emulate you.
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Postby Little Andi. » Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:09 am

A well done from me too. It has everything it needs, character, charm, and a degree of necessary cuteness [a much maligned and overlooked property to my mind].

A great first steamer - you seem to be quite adept at this sort of thing :wink:
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Postby bonneville » Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:24 am

Thankyou for your kind comments gentlemen.

I am really enjoying making this narrow gauge equipment. Its suck a kick, watching sheet styrene become something trundling down the track.

My imagination is working overtime at the moment, so who knows whats next?

Thankyou again, your encouragement is very well recieved! :D

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Postby henrix72se » Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:10 pm

What a great inspiration !!

Love it, thanks for showing it to us.

It's like first thinking about dinner, then see the plate and as a direct result
feel the juices in your mouth ... I get hungry .. :D

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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Fri Dec 07, 2012 1:46 am

bonneville wrote:I think I would miss the actual building of the model. Watching the styrene gradually take shape is quite a buzz.
The manipulation of the plastic is my thing too.

Can also imagine that for some folks it would the joy of seeing an object materialize from all them itty bitty pixels one spent hours nudging in to compliance.
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Postby bonneville » Fri Dec 07, 2012 7:07 pm

Glad you like the styrene bashing too, willow creek,

I don't know how confident I would be doing CAD stuff, I' d probly make a right old chicken soup of that.
I think I'll stick to evergreen, and a ruler....... :oops:

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