Underground ernie to Simplex-ish

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Postby backwaterscotland » Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:21 pm

Hi Folks,

Having decided to dip a toe into Gn15 modelling I thought I'd try a cheap, simple project to begin with so I kept an eye out for ideas.

At Falkirk model railway exhibition recently I picked up a couple of Underground Ernie inspection vehicles for £10 and was wondering what to do with them.

Inspired by Bilcos thread (http://gn15.info/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5125), I set about hacking one around to something Simplex-ish.

Starting point - fresh out of the box vehicle :

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After a bit of hacking and with a Bachmann engineer figure for scale :

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Large quantities of plastic sheet and section attached and ready for the paintshop :

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Postby backwaterscotland » Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:21 pm

After a coat of primer and some filling I gave the shunter a coat of Halford "Peugeot Conifer" spray paint and then brush painted satin black acrylic where needed.

Some cruel close ups :

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Some detailing and touch ups still to be done - controls, dials and couplings to add.

Still need to work out what to make the seat out of - I tried carving one from plastic sheet but wasn't happy with it.

I'll post some more photos once I get the shunter finished.

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Postby Bilco » Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:26 pm

Hi Andy - that was quick work! It's looking good - as you say, just a few details to finish it off. Now all you need is a layout ..... :roll:
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Postby Glen A » Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:59 pm

A great job for your first loco Andy!

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Postby RoGNer » Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:11 pm

Looking good there pal.

I too am bashing an Ernie about (it's a great little runner too)

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Postby Geeky Gecko » Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:21 pm

Looks like a good start to me, Andy.
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Postby Adrian » Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:55 pm

G'day Andy
That little loco looks really good.
Pity Ernie is off the market now. :(

For the seat have you thought of using balsa ?
Easy the cut and sand, and if you are like me, you will probably have sufficient laying around somewhere, so cheap as well.

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Postby backwaterscotland » Thu Dec 08, 2011 8:27 am

Thanks for all of the positive comments :oops:

Bilco wrote:Hi Andy - that was quick work! It's looking good - as you say, just a few details to finish it off. Now all you need is a layout ..... :roll:


I think that in total the loco has taken me about 4 hours to get to this stage, next up will need to be some wagons. As to a layout, I probably see a pizza in my future :D

Adrian wrote:Pity Ernie is off the market now.

For the seat have you thought of using balsa ?
Easy the cut and sand, and if you are like me, you will probably have sufficient laying around somewhere, so cheap as well.


I hadn't thought of balsa - I'll have a search around later and see what I can find. The inspection cars can still be picked up occasionally - I bought 2 from a trader at Falkirk show and he said he had around 40 of them to sell, I'll have to find out who the trader was as I can't remember.

This Ernie bash is a bit bigger than my last one which was a critter in 4mm scale based on a Knightwing kit, quite heavily bashed!

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Postby michael » Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:09 am

Hi Andy that looks like it was a satisfying conversion, one down now the sky's the limit. Well done!
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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:07 am

Looks like something right off the Schoma or Deutz "showroom floor".
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Postby backwaterscotland » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:05 am

Managed a little more work over the last few days. I had a search around in my bits box and found the raised section of floor from the underground ernie that was about the right size for the seat base, added some Phosphor Bronze strip for the uprights (they have a bit of flex and are less likely to get broken!) and a piece of plastic strip for a back rest. Controls have been added using the original controls from UE plus some plastic section.

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(Why do photos always show every bit of dust and all the rough bits :oops: )

I've also made a driver. Having never done figure modelling before this was a challenge. I started out with a Bachmann seated engineer figure which was then heavily modified. A section has been removed from his torso to make him sit up straighter, the right arm has been moved in a bit and the left arm repositioned. His hat went as well. Quick paint job and he looks OK - not bad for a first attempt.

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Just need to add couplings which I'll get in the new year when I put an order into pepper7 for some wagons and bits.

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Postby Bilco » Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:05 am

Very nice, Andy! :D
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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:27 pm

Looks very good Andy and the figure has come out well for a first attempt.
Trying to work out, is it the same figure you showed at the top?
No cant be. nobody could transform it that much :lol:
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Postby backwaterscotland » Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:13 pm

Steve Bennett wrote:Looks very good Andy and the figure has come out well for a first attempt.
Trying to work out, is it the same figure you showed at the top?
No cant be. nobody could transform it that much :lol:


Yes, it's the same figure. I bought a couple of them to experiment with so here is a before and after.

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The modified figure has ended up a bit shorter than the original and has one arm shorter than the other after the surgery. Most of the changes have been to his position and carving off the hat and gauntlets (I've replaced them with some red work gloves). The only additions to the figure have been some wire reinforcing to the arm joints and a little filler around the shoulders.

Looking at the photo, I think some matt varnish on his overalls might be needed as well.I'm happy with him but not a patch on some of the modified Schleich I'm seeing around here!


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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:42 pm

backwaterscotland wrote:Yes, it's the same figure. I bought a couple of them to experiment with so here is a before and after.


Excellent Andy, thats a very good transformation.
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