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 Posted: Tue Feb 28th, 2012 01:46 pm
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Hey Guys.

New project underway to pull some mine Cars.

This will sit on a old AHM Plymouth switcher I found on ebay.

I will post more pictures as work progresses.

...John


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 Posted: Tue Feb 28th, 2012 01:58 pm
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COOL !

Keep us posted with more...

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 Posted: Tue Feb 28th, 2012 02:40 pm
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I agree with Woodie !!

Keep the pictures coming please.


I am amazed at what skilful modelers do with styrene.

After years of scratchbuilding with brass,

I tried styrene a while back, but the soldering iron kept melting it.  ;)


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John,

Great start on the little boxcab critter.
Love the window molding - neatly done.
Lots of good things going on here.

Love to see more updates.

 
And Herb...

ya gotta use plastic solder.
We actually have a plastic welder here at work.
I don't think I could build any of my ore cars using it, however.




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Hi John

Nice work.
Looks like that Critter's gonna ROCK !

Just curious...
...is the 'green stuff' some kind of filler ?

Interested to know, as if it is, I haven't 'seen green' before.

Cheers

Si.

P.S.
How high is it between the floor & cab-roof edge ?
I'm guessing 6 foot-ish.

This Gn? stuff confuses me sometimes.
Some do 1:24
Some do 1:22.5
& some 1:20.5
Which do you do John ?

I have made stuff in 1/2"n3 1:24



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 Posted: Tue Feb 28th, 2012 06:03 pm
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Si. wrote: Hi John

Nice work.
Looks like that Critter's gonna ROCK !

Just curious...
...is the 'green stuff' some kind of filler ?

Interested to know, as if it is, I haven't 'seen green' before.

Cheers

Si.

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How high is it between the floor & cab-roof edge ?
I'm guessing 6 foot-ish.

This Gn? stuff confuses me sometimes.
Some do 1:24
Some do 1:22.5
& some 1:20.5
Which do you do John ?

I have made stuff in 1/2"n3 1:24


Si,

The green stuff is Acryl-Green Spot putty made by 3M. 
Auto body shops in the past used this for filling small imperfections.
I don't think they use it much anymore though because it shrinks when it dries.

I find if I get just the right consistancy with laquer thinner it fills voids and corners,
without any sanding and makes parts look like they were cast in metal when painted.

The distance between floor and roof edge is 4' 6" in 1/24 scale. 
I have been jumping around on this project using both 1/24th and 1/22.5  with no ill effects.
(maybe someone could give reasons not to do this)


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Hi John

Thanks for the tip on the 'low viscosity','liquid-ish' filler.
I see what you mean.
Sounds cool for the larger scales, to get that 'casting look' you described.

I'm just returning to modelling, after a time away from it.
I moved through the years, from smaller scales, to 1/4", to 1/2" ( which I'm still working on a bit ).
I am looking to down-scale a bit though at the moment, to 1:32 / 1:35 ( I think ? ).

I feel the only thing that realy 'scales' a model, is when you see a figure next to it.

My 1/2" modelling was started quite a few years ago when 'G' Scale wasn't as popular as it now seems to be.
Bachmann were just starting to produce their range of 'G' Scale at the time.

My figures are all 1:24 Tamiya car-mechanics,
as this is what was available to me at the time ( they're a straight 3" tall ).

I thought that Bachmann were producing to 1:22.5 like LGB.
But it seems they are more like 1:20.33 ( or something ), to get a 3ft gauge on 45mm track.
I have the Bachmann 'Gandy Dancer' hand pump-car with trailer, & 3 'BIG !', Bachmann figures.

I probably, quite stupidly, went for 1/2"n3 ( 1 1/2" gauge ),
which means all my trucks are incompatible with the popular 45mm track people use ( AARRGGHH !! ).

Anyhow...
...I see you're using 32mm track, which is the other popular size in the UK.
Not sure if this is done so much in the USA;
but 'SM32' is a Scale used in the UK a lot, for 16mm/foot - 2ft gauge stuff.
( another darn Scale, 1:19 ! )

Just getting my head around what people are doing in the larger scales,
as there are a lot of different 'takes' on it.

Cheers

Si.

P.S.
Your mine car looks GREAT !
What figures do you have ?
Any good 'plackey people' brands to look out for in 1:24 ?




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Photo Update on scratchbuilt critter.

Latest update on my little loco.


Added grabs, foot steps, breather, vent and suspension.

Started work in the interior with the brake ? quadrant.

I will post again when project is completed.


.....John





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 Posted: Thu Mar 8th, 2012 11:56 pm
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Just finished my critter in Gn30 scale.

All that lacks is a driver figure.

......John















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John-that's OUTTASIGHT!!!

Very fine modeling and a super job on the weathering.
I agree, you now need a driver...and maybe some "junk" in the cab also.

Great work!

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