Today I just got done finishing the construction of Gn15 Engine #3. From the frame up, is is completely scratch built out of brass and balsa wood. The chassis are from an old model power locomotive that ran pretty well, but i had no use for.
Engine #1 was built from a similar chassis, but it has since been harvested for scrap as the motor quit running in it.
Engine #2 has a wheel alignment problem, but will be fixed in the future.
I think the engine turned out fine, definatly better than the previous two. I also made three new cars today out of junk cabooses. You know, those cabooses that came in model power and Life Like sets that are sold for 25c apiece at train shows.
i didn't really try to make it look neat as narrow gauge railroads operated under the idea of rather than . Of course, that isn't across the board. But the idea of using what you have around you to make something work gives us unique locomotives and cars to model.
I also built a small diorama for dabbling in hand layed track. That also worked well with everything in gauge. with that, I took some photos outside with the engine, a flat car, and two figures all set on the diorama:
The locomotive has a metal finish on the top, with balsa supports and a balsa wood skirt going around the original plastic. Hopefully with some weathering, the sheen will disappear.
Various materials were put into this locomotive: a spare barrel as a fuel tank, a nail for an exhaust stack, a black nub for a oil input, wire for a gear changing lever, nails, paint, and balsa scrap for a dash board.
Last edited on Tue Jun 19th, 2012 02:39 am by jtrain