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Author Topic: The "Great" Steampunk Model Rail Challenge  (Read 4038 times)
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« Reply #25 on: January 19, 2020, 12:47:55 pm »

This might give a bit of a clue of where my thoughts are heading for this. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O0hwBjyw58
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« Reply #26 on: January 19, 2020, 08:49:19 pm »

Please may I join in too? I have an idea forming for a locomotive that could do with a diorama as a home Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: January 19, 2020, 09:25:27 pm »

Please may I join in too? I have an idea forming for a locomotive that could do with a diorama as a home Smiley

Feel free, this is just a bit of fun I dreamed up for myself, but if you've got an idea, I'd be interested to see it.
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« Reply #28 on: January 22, 2020, 07:03:34 pm »

Well work has (sort of) begun on my boxfile diorama, and hopefully it demonstrates what I'm eventually aiming for.



I've laid (but not fixed as I may play around with things once I've been able to get some track ready to lay) a base layer of 2 layers of corrugated cardboard to help provide a base and a third layer (I might replace this with some cork/foam underlay when the track is laid) to help form the shoulder of the track bed (it'll be a double line where the loco and coach are stood) and the hatched section will be removed to help create the crater the tripod is lying in (to accommodate a dropped surface).
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« Reply #29 on: January 31, 2020, 12:30:59 pm »

Well, a little bit digging online (along with the limited space available) has led to me re-considering my idea for the VIP coach. Specifically, rather than having it as a standard 4 wheeled coach, hauled by a SP locomotive, I'm thinking I might lean more into the 'might have been' scenario and 'attach' the coach I've already obtained onto the back of a small loco (Hornby make a range of cheap 0-4-0 saddle tanks as part of their cheap and nasty railroad range-such as the infamous Smokey Joe, and I've got a couple of them knocking about not doing much) to make a semi-private inspection coach inspired by Dugal Drummond's private inspection saloon (built in 1899 it *just* fits into the victorian era).


And it would also provide a proving ground for another model I've been planning to model for a while, the L&YR Steam Railmotor

At least one of which survived into BR ownership.
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« Reply #30 on: February 06, 2020, 12:47:49 pm »

Hello, here is my progress so far on my Steampunk-inspired train. It's made from a Hornby 'Lord of the Isles' I was given from a very kind RMWeb member. I've added a little more filigree since the photo but it's still very much a work in progress, particularly the front end needs some more flashy stuff.

I hope you like it!

@Madasasteamfish - if you would rather keep this thread to your model then that's cool, let me know and I will start afresh, I wasn't sure if this was a group challenge?


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« Reply #31 on: February 06, 2020, 03:14:22 pm »

Great work.

How about adding a coupe-vent front to the cab and shorten the stack a bit?
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« Reply #32 on: February 06, 2020, 06:14:46 pm »


@Madasasteamfish - if you would rather keep this thread to your model then that's cool, let me know and I will start afresh, I wasn't sure if this was a group challenge?
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Oh, feel free to continue adding to this thread I have no objection to sharing the spotlight (tbh I don't think there are enough members here interested in railway modelling to warrant everyone starting a dedicated thread for their own project), and it's always interesting to see what other people come up with when presented with the same objective.

Hello, here is my progress so far on my Steampunk-inspired train. It's made from a Hornby 'Lord of the Isles' I was given from a very kind RMWeb member. I've added a little more filigree since the photo but it's still very much a work in progress, particularly the front end needs some more flashy stuff.

I hope you like it!


Now to me that is just CRYING out for streamlining (or at least some kind of cowling over the smoke box).
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« Reply #33 on: February 06, 2020, 08:07:56 pm »

Hello, here is my progress so far on my Steampunk-inspired train. It's made from a Hornby 'Lord of the Isles' I was given from a very kind RMWeb member. I've added a little more filigree since the photo but it's still very much a work in progress, particularly the front end needs some more flashy stuff.

I hope you like it!

@Madasasteamfish - if you would rather keep this thread to your model then that's cool, let me know and I will start afresh, I wasn't sure if this was a group challenge?




I love that!
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« Reply #34 on: February 06, 2020, 09:55:41 pm »

Corbs, love the little blue engine!

I'm watching with interest to see how all the individual projects turn out, and expecting to be dazzled, as  usual!
Keep up the good work, gentlebeings!
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« Reply #35 on: February 17, 2020, 04:52:14 pm »

On a somewhat related note, it seems that a UK company specialising in scale figures has branched out and begun producing some Victorian figures which could well help anyone contributing.

Relevant BG thread here:

http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,50851.0.html
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« Reply #36 on: February 19, 2020, 12:43:59 am »

Cheers for the comments Smiley

Admittedly my take on things is quite a lot more toned down so I'm probably not going to add much more to it. Here's how it looks now:



I bent and soldered a cow catcher/peasant pusher for the front, and added some 3D printed lamps. Apart from one or two details I'll probably leave this alone as I like the look of it now.

The front two axles have a little bit of articulation but the poor thing does not like going round corners  Grin
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« Reply #37 on: February 19, 2020, 02:19:15 am »

Cheers for the comments Smiley
Admittedly my take on things is quite a lot more toned down so I'm probably not going to add much more to it. Here's how it looks now:

I bent and soldered a cow catcher/peasant pusher for the front, and added some 3D printed lamps. Apart from one or two details I'll probably leave this alone as I like the look of it now.
The front two axles have a little bit of articulation but the poor thing does not like going round corners  Grin

I like it! Brave little engine it is!
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« Reply #38 on: February 19, 2020, 08:04:45 pm »

Cheers for the comments Smiley

Admittedly my take on things is quite a lot more toned down so I'm probably not going to add much more to it. Here's how it looks now:



I bent and soldered a cow catcher/peasant pusher for the front, and added some 3D printed lamps. Apart from one or two details I'll probably leave this alone as I like the look of it now.

The front two axles have a little bit of articulation but the poor thing does not like going round corners  Grin

That's fantastic. 
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« Reply #39 on: March 04, 2020, 12:54:18 pm »

Thank you  Grin

I did record how I did the loco with the aim of making a few videos about it. Here is the first one for anyone interested in how it was done:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwWbKpjbNg4
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« Reply #40 on: March 14, 2020, 03:31:31 pm »

Well ladies and menfolk (and anything else you might be) things have been happening.

First off is the basis of the landscape has been laid


This is the basic cardboard layer topped off with a layer of paper maiche (with a thinner cardboard weave to produce the slopes and undulations in an effort to prevent it looking like a billiard table).

And also track has been laid


Things are beginning to take shape, next job is to colour and cover the ground then ballast the track.
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« Reply #41 on: March 25, 2020, 10:05:08 am »

Well, work on the 'formal' diorama has stalled due to this damnable plague, which has prevented me from obtaining the tools/resources I need to continue.

However, I am expecting to explore some of my musings for SP locos as I'm expecting a few Dapol/airfix kitmaster kits to arrive today which I ordered primarily to prevent me going stir crazy whilst I'm in enforced isolation. So watch this space...
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« Reply #42 on: March 27, 2020, 12:07:31 pm »

Well, their arrival was delayed slightly, but having taken possession of my new kits I can share my plans.

In keeping with my intentions of making what might have been I'm planning to try and do as little fiddling with the basic kits as possible

First is a pair of 0-4-0 pugs (which I have a history of kit bashing) that I intend to combine into a Frankenstien double headed loco in the style of the double Fairlie,

which although somewhat distinctive to the F(f)estiniog railway were used elsewhere, and the principles of narrow gauge steam were occasionally applied to standard gauge as the Garretts used by the LMS and LNER show.


The other kit(s) are a City of Truro and SR Bullied Light Pacific which I intend to use to create a streamlined City class. Although the pedants out there might object as City of Truro was built in 1903, the outside frame design is very much a 19th century design and method of construction.
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« Reply #43 on: March 27, 2020, 07:14:19 pm »

I've always liked both those narrow gauge push-me pull-you locos and the big streamlined expresses, and they will make a great contrast being at opposite extreams of scale. I'm looking forwards to seeing the outcomes of your creative endeavor.

Yours,
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« Reply #44 on: March 29, 2020, 10:01:11 pm »

The introduction of the Rosebud/Kitmaster "Pug" kit more or less coincided with Tri-ang's introduction of TT, 3mm/ft scale on 12mm gauge, back in the early 1960s I think it was; 12mm being exactly right for 3ft gauge in 4mm scale, the obvious connection was made, and the number of Pug kits kitbashed into freelance narrow-gauge locos must have run into the thousands over the intervening years. I 'bashed at least one back then, and presently have 3 or 4 awaiting attention in my bits box.
I also spliced the cab and footplate of a Kitmaster/Dapol pug onto the boiler and saddletank of a Hornby Caledonian pug, with a scratchbuilt 0-6-2 chassis; one of my more successful 'bashes, on my probably unique 4mm scale, 10.5mm gauge system (it's a long story). I know I have a photo stashed away somewhere; when I get home after my inadvertent exile to the Mexican Pacific coast, I'll see if I can sort it out.
I wish you all success with your efforts, Madasasteamfish!

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« Reply #45 on: April 02, 2020, 07:51:13 pm »

Well, things are progressing. The 'Faux Farlie" (I still need to come up with a name for it and suggestions are welcom) is together, albeit not in a form I'm 100% happy with.


I've also begun painting it in what I hope is a suitable shade of War Department Grey (I'm not sure if there was specific shade they used but I think it's close enough to the liveries I've seen on RTR WD/ROD models and I'm using modeller's license to argue that there wouldn't have been a set colour, and minor discrepancies in the mixing of batches would have meant that tge colour wouldn't have been totally consistent even if there was a standard one) but ran out of paint before I could finish and tbh since the cost of postage would equal if not exceed the cost of the actual paint (even through there are a couple of different colours I need) I've decided finishing the paint job can wait until I've been able to get to a model shop.

And, I've also created something for it to haul:

This is a Parkside Dundas LNER (ex-War Department) bogie wagon built to the instructions with a load made out of cardboard load covered with tissue papier-maiche painted black to create a tarpaulin. All that this needs is some WD markings, which will have to wait until I've got some appropriate transfers (which will also be applied to the loco and inspection saloon when that gets built).
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« Reply #46 on: April 03, 2020, 05:41:08 pm »

Well, what with this damnable plague and being stuck indoors with nothing much to do stuff continues to happen.

With a little bit of fiddling and things the streamlined city class has been put together from the combined City of Truro and Spam can (Battle of Britain class Bullied Light pacific) kits.




I'll admit it's taken a lot more fiddling that I expected and I was hoping to be able to fully enclose the boiler, but I decided I wanted to keep the GWR cab rather than trying to cut and shunt the streamlined sides. This meant I had to fiddle things in order to ensure that the cab windows weren't blocked.

I'm still not sure about livery, but that will have to wait a while.
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« Reply #47 on: April 03, 2020, 07:29:05 pm »

Armour-plated City class! It looks like the motive power for an armoured train or a rail gun. 
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« Reply #48 on: April 03, 2020, 07:53:46 pm »

Armour-plated City class! It looks like the motive power for an armoured train or a rail gun. 

Ooh, now there's a thought. I hadn't considered that possibility  Now, where did I put that airfix catalogue?

There's an idea for another diorama.
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« Reply #49 on: April 04, 2020, 09:48:12 am »

I like the idea but there is one conundrum:

The outside rod would have  to be protected against shrapnell or other stuff.
But I like the moving rod on the outside.

Maybe use a d++n heavy/thuick replacement?
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