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 Posted: Fri Apr 16th, 2010 02:12 am
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How about building a model of the car that the Leek and Manifold built to transport std. gauge stock on their line? Probably would be a problem with clearances, but if parked on a siding, it would emphasize the narrow gauge aspect of the rest of County Gate.


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 Posted: Fri Apr 16th, 2010 08:41 am
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If I ever modelled the L&M I would but for C.G., it would be inappropriate as all platform and civeng clearances are exactly to real scale for the L&B

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teetrix wrote:Building a freelance model is completely different. You must know how the things work. You must know something about the era and area of your model - design trends, state of the art in technical solutions, safety rules. You must be creative to find a suitable, believable and logical solution.

Unfortunately, this is where a lot of freelance steam loco models fall down, as they're often designed and built by folks who don't know how about any of these things. They may build very nice models, but they're often unconvincing - freelance Garratts are the most obvious examples.

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Goodness, a freelance Garratt! Who would ever do such a thing? Obviously someone without any imagination would have one...or would they...

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Welcome Mark, we're just a bunch of crazies around here. What kind of freelancing are you into?



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Welcome Mark!

I agree- I freelance freely (sounds wrong, but I'll leave it) but try to make the model believable-- at least from 40-50 feet away------


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Herb-on the "other hand"...a model that follows no particular prototype can be called "the prototype"..OK?

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Goodness, a freelance Garratt! Who would ever do such a thing? Obviously someone without any imagination would have one...or would they...
I've seen some very imaginative freelance steam locos, especially Garratts. As I said, many were lovely models, but none struck me as being very believable.

Welcome Mark, we're just a bunch of crazies around here. What kind of freelancing are you into?
Thanks for the welcome. I'm into Japanese narrow-gauge interurbans.

All the best,

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 Iteresting to hear of someone interested in Japanese narrow gauge interurbans. That is really quite niche. Been interested id the Kiso Forest railway and found it via C.S. Small's books. As far as engines go there could be as many home built loco's as factory prototypes. Back shop crews were very adept at making things fit there needs.

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Nothing I build would work in the real world. But I'm having fun building them even if they look like horse apples. :)



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definitely agree about the freelance Garratts.

This is really a general comment on so many ng layouts. The most effective ones are the County Gate / Wickley and Crumhill style which capture that elusive quality of "a railway in a landscape" , because real ng lines were very rarely built for the purpose of cramming as much trackwork into a space as possible.

A railway is usually designed for the purpose of moving an economically viable quantity of freight and/or passengers, using locomotive power which is just about sufficient for the task. This doesn't include double Fairlies hauling two or three 4-wheel coaches.

Also, the railway may be smaller but it is still in a full-size world


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