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 Posted: Sun Oct 3rd, 2010 10:41 am
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Again showing the early stages I bought a ON30scale Bachmann Porter 0-4-2 steam engine, a Davenport gas mechanical, some wooden side tippers and some metal V tippers.

The wagons although a slightly smaller scale I thought looked alright. The two locomotives however needed a bit of work. At this stage all I did was on the Davenport raise the height of the cab and exhaust pipe. I also added a hand rail to the front and rear as well. I painted the cab green to look a little different. I left the kadees as I am used to them on my USA switching layout.

The corrugated iron is an experiment using a kind of card that is used to stop you burning your hands with hot cups of coffee served in paper cups. I painted it a mix of grey and silver acrylics then dry brushed rust colours on later. The best thing is it didn’t cost a penny.


The Porter I removed the roof, extended the safety valve bonnet, fitted a reversing lever and hand brake wheel. The sides I increased in height and a Tamiya military figure is now the driver.

A bit more work has been done on the layout generally. This time the Fordson 27N has been joined by a Fordson standard "N"

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 Posted: Sun Oct 3rd, 2010 11:33 am
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I have to tell you that when I saw the first picture of your 'phone wire tree, I thought "what the #&@@% is that supposed to be?"--but the end result, with the foliage, looks quite good!

A very novel approach, to one of (I think) the most difficult scenery subjects to replicate.

And I like infernal combustion locos also--one of my favorite ones are the Baldwin gas-mechanical 2ft gauge ones from WW1.

Do you plan more sections?


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 Posted: Sun Oct 3rd, 2010 11:47 am
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Herb-you need to look in that Osprey Terrain Modeling book...the "twisted wire" trees are shown and Peter's tree looks like a real one. BTW-Muj has such a wire tree that is maybe 50 years old and still not finished. He wants to make a weeping willow with it and that is shown also in the book mentioned above. With all the work involved, I am glad that the mines and smelter on my layout have killed off all such vegetation! LOL..

Peter-your lokies look neat, raising the cab roof on one and getting rid of the cab roof on the other..wonderful!

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 Posted: Sun Oct 3rd, 2010 12:17 pm
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Woodie I’ve been having another look at your layout, it is awesome. So many superb little scenes. It makes my little micro on an ironing board look a little sad.

I don’t plan any more extensions Herb as the layout just fits neatly into my car for when I take it to exhibitions. I have done about twenty five so far.

What I am always doing, is looking for more unusual items of motive power. This means more equipment but not a bigger layout.

I’m glad you approve of the tree.



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This is the little Porter modified but as yet un weathered. The long grass and vegetation soaked in PVA glue round the roots of the tree help keep it in place as it is rather heavy. A thin wire through the back scene help secure it in place as well.



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The Opel Blitz rail truck in close-up. I’ve done a little more weathering on it. I like to do a little at a time over a period of time; it seems to work better for me that way.



The rail truck is seen pushing a flat car loaded with sacks of wheat out of the yard.

The flat car is made of scribed plasticard planks to make them look like wood. It was sprayed with red undercoat then washed over with a thin black wash. When this was dry a dry brush with light grey was flicked over it. The trucks are from an old Bachmann HO scale boxcar. All my freight cars are fitted with KD’s.

The rail truck has a KD fitted to the front end only.



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I like the fact that you can see a glimpse of the rail truck engine, through the hole where the inner fender (wing) was removed!

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I bought some sidelines wagon kits and a small Wasp kit and collected them from Steve Bennett at an excellent narrow gauge exhibition in Pewsey, Wiltshire.

The little wagons went together very well and I sprayed then with grey car primer. I then gave them a thin wash of Indian ink lightened with grey acrylic. The iron work was then picked out in a rust colour. All the wagons were fitted with KD couplers.
The Wasp loco sits on a Bachmann 44tonner bogie and has a few extra details an exhaust pipe, air cleaner and a hand rail at the back of the open cab added. It was sprayed a bauxite red colour and given a wash of black ink then dry brushed with light grey. Despite filling every available space with lead the little Wasp needs careful driving over the dead frog points on the layout. The driver figure is a Tamiya soldier civilianised with the aid of a scalpel and file.

The greenhouse and fuel tank are just roughly positioned at this stage.



I also bodged a freelance shunter using a Hornby 0-4-0 chassis, it runs quite well given its humble origin, with a hand held feed back controller. The body on this is also filled with lead in every little crevice. The driving wheels are now hidden behind full skirts which improves it appearance, it is not used much but kept in reserve.
Both these locos are fitted with link and pin couplers which work very well with the KD’s The pin being a U shaped bit of paper clip, a bit crude but it works.
In the photo the loco is seen pushing a wagon past the water tower and coaling stage.



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Flushed with the success of how well the Opel Blitz performed I started looking round for other suitable trucks to modify. A trip to my local shop yielded nothing but a look in an Italeri catalogue showed a Chevrolet short wheel base truck I thought rather attractive. I remember as a child a local farmer delivering loads of logs in the winter time with one of these.
I ordered one and when it arrived found it to be a little shorter than I thought it would be.
Undaunted I made a chassis out of plasticard to fit an Athearn switcher chassis. I found by trial and error that I needed to lengthen the body to suit the plasticard chassis. I inserted a large toolbox box between the cab and the body. I cut out bits of the body floor, cab floor and engine bulkhead to get the body to fit over the Athearn chassis. After much cutting, filling and checking, I got it to fit. I put the model on the layout and disaster.
It looked ridiculous, it sat far too high. I put it to one side and had a rethink.



The answer to my problem was a Bachmann Brill Trolley chassis. It fitted quite well and with its much smaller wheels looked right.

The Chevrolet looks about right to my eye and runs remarkably well, only one truck is powered but it picks up current with all eight wheels.

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An early view of the Chevy before the canvas hood was fitted, the tarpaulin covered box in the back of the truck hides the motor.



A front view of the Chevrolet and Opel trucks in the yard before starting the days work.



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