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 Posted: Mon Dec 5th, 2016 12:33 am
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Steven, thanks for the kind words and you're quite correct in that the Dixons Miniatures are mostly 28mm and in the Western series "large 25mm" which is close to 28mmm. As such they are as you suggest too small for normal use but I have them as loco crew for my Bachmann Porters as they fit in the cab more easily than 1/48 figures, for passengers in my Bachmann passenger cars where the available seating room is also very tight and for small people such as the blacksmith's young apprentice who's still only a lad!

As for the tools, Keith Wiseman was very cooperative in agreeing to sell me a good extra supply of the tong type tools that come with his blacksmith's tools and hearth set so I was able to spread them around. I wish more dealers were as accommodating.

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As a break from buildings, I thought I'd show some vehicles currently dotted about Updah's acreage. I won't bore with the familiar Bachmann On30 bashes but perhaps some of the oddities.

First up, I came across a real monster on page 834 of David Myrick's marvellous book, Railroads of Nevada (Vol 2), a tome from whose photos I take great inspiration.


rand203 by slateworks, on Flickr

What little information there is available suggests that this behemoth was the Ludlow and Southern Railroad's old No.2 4-6-0, now decommissioned and fitted with a Holt tractor engine to be used as a shunter. Seemingly it never ran nor was completed but it was just too quirky to ignore for modelling purposes.

I started with an HO Mantua 10 wheeler as the donor loco as it had roughly the same driver layout and was bought on ebay for a very modest amount.  


a (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

Stripped of its tender and body gave me a starting point for the chassis.


b (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

Whilst it sort of ran, I didn't have much faith in the whacking great old fashioned motor so this, the cylinders and other unnecessary bits were removed.


c (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

I searched several aircraft modelling sites for a suitable engine and whilst there is a surprising choice, the nearest I could find to the Holt was an Allison which needed a fair bit of surgery to remove the rather more modern bits such as superchargers. I had radiators and other paraphernalia in my several bits boxes so ended up with a sort of kit of parts.


c (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

The engine was mounted, the superstructure started using styrene sheet and mouldings and the pony truck wheels changed for spoked ones I just happened to have in stock.


e (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

A tank - it's never been clear if this was a fuel tank or a water filled ballast tank - was made from card and styrene, pipework was added using plastic tubing and brass wire and everything was given a shot of Halford's grey primer to bring things together.


g (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

A modern Mashima 9/16 motor was installed using the original drive worm sleeved to fit the Mashima's thinner drive shaft.


k by slateworks, on Flickr

Much to my surprise, this ran - until I managed to blow up the motor due to sheer carelessness! Please excuse the camera's autofocus noise and effect which I forgot to switch off!

http://youtu.be/wzI0zqjvQcY 

More bits from the bits boxes were added to the superstructure to replicate the prototype and the whole model was painted and heavily rusted with acrylics.


r (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


r (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


r (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

And just like the unsuccessful prototype it now sits forlornly outside the Updah service area Parts and Spares store awaiting a new motor and attended to by a crew and tools adapted from the Tamiya German field maintenance set.


t (1-1) by slateworks, on Flickr


t (4) by slateworks, on Flick

I could add a lot more detail but as a hopefully one day mobile but currently static model, it does for now.

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 Posted: Mon Dec 5th, 2016 01:06 pm
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HOLY SMOKES!!!. Good thing you posted a pic of the prototype. And being non-functional just adds to the accuracy...
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Yes, the original photo was a must as nobody would have believed it otherwise! :hyp::boogie:



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A great conversion, good luck with the new motor.


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Thanks Ken. That's a New Year task.



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Hi Doug.

Classy redneck lash-up !

They sure knew how to make the most of scrap-iron in Nevada ;)

:moose::moose::moose::moose::moose:

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Ah Si, Updah specialises in backwoods lash-ups, a couple of which are the original critter known as The Beast and a mobile home forerunner of the self propelled Airstream!

The Beast started life as the chassis from a Bachmann street car, a motor from an HO rail load, an exhaust pipe and silencer from brass and plastic tubing and the beginnings of a balsa and basswood superstructure.


d (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


d (2) by slateworks, on Flickr


d (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


e (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

A dummy transmission was made up from parts provided by Bachmann and were left over bits from my rail truck gear repairs.


b by slateworks, on Flickr


e (5) by slateworks, on Flickr


e (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

The motor was tarted up a bit with paint, HT leads and a few other ancillaries.


f (5) by slateworks, on Flickr


f (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

The balsa superstructure was then built up and card and styrene chain guards made for the dummy drive together with a wiggly tin roof.


h (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

A decrepit fuel tank waqs fashioned from a boxy electronic item salvaged from an old circuit board of some sort, some brass tubing, an old watch winder and some styrene bits.


k (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


k (5) by slateworks, on Flickr


k (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

A G scale resin tank moulding was used to to make the radiator water supply and actually houses a Loksound Galloping Goose sound file decoder and speaker.


n (1) by slateworks, on Flickr


n (4) by slateworks, on Flickr


n (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

Head and back-up lights were added along with a driver's seat made up from Grandt Line passenger car seat parts, a driver and some controls from steam loco cab levers.


j (4) by slateworks, on Flickr



o (2) by slateworks, on Flickr



o (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

And of course the obligatory tool box, patches and ornamental deer horns!


p (3) by slateworks, on Flickr


q (2) by slateworks, on Flickr

Finally, the driver was given some weather curtains


o (8) by slateworks, on Flickr


q (1) by slateworks, on Flickr

and The Beast now spends most of its life shuttling trucks around the loco service area. I was just learning to drive at this stage so you'll have to forgive the multiple gear changes at the beginning!

https://youtu.be/pgfx0VleBFY

And this is the pre-Airstream mobile home, but more of that anon.


e (6) by slateworks, on Flickr

By the way, my appologies to anyone on here who is also on Narrow Gauge Railway Modelling Online and may have seen all this before.

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I have got to build me a version of the L&S "shunter".  That is just to "funky" to be ignored.
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Just as I'd decided it was safe to go on that weekend fishing trip, up the creek.

That ! ...

... THING !!

Came at me, lurching & clanking through the woods !

The screaching sound of poorly aligned & un-oiled metal ...

... was TERRIFYING !

The guy driving it, looked like he'd just eaten Burt Reynolds burgers for breakfast !!

That's it ! ...

... I'm outta here ...

... Back to the City, where there are NO BANJOS !

That's if they haven't switched all the signs round & I can find my station-wagon ??

:shocked:

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