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First attempt at Gn15

Postby NeilHB » Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:43 am

Morning all!

Thought I would post some photos of my Heywood Inspired 0-4-0 tank engine. It's not particularly brilliant, needs a few mods such as higher side tanks and a bigger boiler, though I think I've got the proportions right with height etc. Compared it to Mark Smither's drawing of Katie in his book on Heywoods railways, and bar being a few milimetres too short in length, rail height to top of chimney looks about right, just need to modify the side tanks or build some new ones.

Should probably mention that its built around a Smallbrook studios Echo kit, I've just made a few mods to it, such as cutting down the cab sides and rear to tank top height, still needs a new spectacle plate, but I think I'll need to get the plasticard out and bodge one up from that. The chimney comes from one of Springsides 0 gauge loco kits, and the dome is a (I think) Slaters 0 gauge item as well-its amazing what you find in the scrapbox! Ignore the dreadful couplings on it as well-they're coming off to be replaced with something more in keeping. Oh, and ignore the wonky chimney as well-that will be sorted!

Anyway, the idea behind the loco is that it was commisioned by a wealthy estate owner somewhere in England for his estate railway. He was 'inspired' by Heywood's design for his Katie loco, but wasn't impressed with the marine type boiler used for it, so commisioned one of the loco building companies at the time to build it for him.

Hmm, having trouble getting the images to show-I'll pop the urls in here for them. Sorry guys!

Rear 3/4 View:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1085/317 ... 095677.jpg

Right Side View:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3102/317 ... 736017.jpg

Left Side View:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3082/317 ... bfb619.jpg


Let me know what you think please guys
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Postby NeilHB » Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:51 am

altterain-many thanks for that, you're a star!
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Re: First attempt at Gn15

Postby Willow Creek Traction » Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:32 am

NeilHB wrote:Thought I would post some photos of my Heywood Inspired 0-4-0 tank engine.
She looks good.

It's not particularly brilliant,

'salright, really useful is an okay kind of engine to have :D
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Postby Simon Andrews » Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:22 am

Wecome Neil,

The loco looks good :D Do you have any figures to include in a photo to get a sense of scale :?: :roll: Looking forward to seeing how it progresses :wink:

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Postby calme1952 » Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:05 pm

Hello
Cute little loc .
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Postby NeilHB » Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:42 pm

Thanks for the comments guys :)

Simon, I'm afraid I don't have any figures at the moment-they're one of the next things on my shopping list! I can measure the loco if you want if that will give a sense of scale?

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good source of cheap figures for use with Gn15, I'm particularly after some seated figures for use as loco drivers, and all the ones I've seen so far have either been in America or Japan and the ones in this country have been really expensive :shock:
Or maybe I'm just looking in the wrong place :?


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Postby Peter » Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:50 pm

That's a brilliant Heywood loco. I'm sure Sir Arthur would be proud. :D
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Postby Glen A » Tue Jan 06, 2009 5:58 pm

Nice job so far Neil.
Looks like a great kit. I didn't even know it existed.

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Postby NeilHB » Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:46 pm

Thanks Peter - I hope so too!

Glen, the kit was originally intended for 7mm narrow gauge (0-16.5), and can be found here: http://www.smallbrookstudio.com/page_1201118902437.html

The kit I've used is the second one down - 'Echo', all I've done is cut down the cab to make it more open and change some of the fixtures and fittings.


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Postby Mark Goodwin » Tue Jan 06, 2009 7:33 pm

Neil

I think you've hit on a very good idea for a perfectly propotioned and simple to make GN15 loco motive.

Where did you get the dome and chimney from?
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PS I look forward to seeing the engine completed.

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I should have read you initial message

Postby Mark Goodwin » Tue Jan 06, 2009 7:36 pm

Neil,

I've read you post properly.........and now know where the dome and chimney came from.... :oops:
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Postby Bilco » Tue Jan 06, 2009 7:42 pm

Hi Neil,

That looks like a great quick access to a Gn15 steam loco. I just suspect that you will have to extend the cab rearwards a bit to fit in a Gn15 driver! Maybe do away with the backsheet and put in a railing, too?

But I do like it - it might wean me off diesels :roll:
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Postby NeilHB » Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:43 pm

Mark, thanks for that, and don't worry, I always miss bits out from posts when I read them first time, you're not the only one!

Bill, thanks as well. I did think about extended the cab further back, but probably won't at the moment until I manage to get some figures to gauge how much it needs moving back by. I might remove the backsheet, I might not, though I do think a handrail is a must! Will have to see which version looks best at the end me thinks :)

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Postby Rowley » Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:34 pm

Hi Neil
Great idea using the Smallbrooks loco as a base I've actually got the same loco for a 7mm n g layout I was planning. Never thought of upgrading it to Gn15.
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Postby joe gilmartin » Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:51 pm

Rowley...
Excellent job you've Sir Arthur proud
Welcome and keep posting your progress

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Postby ian holmes » Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:06 am

Not three bad at all.
I like it. Certainly feels "Heywoodish" to me

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Postby NeilHB » Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:43 am

Thanks guys.

Rowland, don't worry, I hadn't really thought of it either until the other day unitl I was ferreting in the stock box and came across it, was just a case of I wonder if I do this...etc.

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Postby DCRfan » Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:11 am

NeilHB wrote:
Does anyone have a recommendation for a good source of cheap figures for use with Gn15, I'm particularly after some seated figures for use as loco drivers, and all the ones I've seen so far have either been in America or Japan and the ones in this country have been really expensive :shock:


Figures - have a look at this threat http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t=238&highlight=figures
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:00 pm

Looking good Neil, as Bill said the removal of the backsheet would give you more room if replaced by a concave rail so that driver's rear end has something to lean on. :wink:
Although one or two "oldtimers" have posted on this thread none have mentioned that Jim Favre was the first to modify a Smallbrook way back in 2002/3.
He used one of the first saddle tanks and the finished Loco looked like this.Image
The fact that Michael's range of resin locos are quite chunky makes them very suitable for the Gn15 bash.
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Postby Peter » Wed Jan 07, 2009 6:03 pm

He used one of the first saddle tanks and the finished Loco looked like this.

Work continues (slowly) towards making it look like that again. :wink:
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Postby NeilHB » Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:16 pm

Paul, many thanks for the link, I've had a good read and just need to make my mind up now!

Gerry, thanks for posting the pic, its given me some more ideas for agnuter loco (after I've built the ones I've just ordered from a certain Mr Bennet of this forum), as well as a few more ideas of what to do with my example, I think as you suggest a curved handrail at the rear is in order for somewhere for the driver to sit, possibly with a wooden seat :?: I'm sure I've seen a photo somewhere of Katie fitted with such an example-bit more comfortable than just having the rail to sit on!

Peter, sounds good, would certainly be interested in seeing some progress photos!

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Postby NeilHB » Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:29 pm

Afternoon all. Finally have some figures for my trains, ordered a couple of packs of Carlo Spirito's poseables figures from Back2Bay6 yesterday morning, turned up this lunchtime so am very impressed! Love the figures, they're very realistic, spent the afternoon playing around with them and the loco making little cameos :D

Thought I'd post a couple of the photos so you all can have a look, I don't think the locos too far out of scale now when posed with the figures, especially as the seated figure just sits nicely on the backsheet of the cab-don't worry though, I will get around to making a handrail there instead! Complete with wooden seat I think for the driver to sit on.


First pic shows the figures grouped round the loco. Think the driver will be named Fred, whilst the manager is the guy with his hands in his pockets leaning against the locos side tank. The chappy with the moustache is going to become Bill I think, but can't think of a name for the gentleman with the ciggy-any suggestions guys?
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Another view of the same figures, this time from the back of the loco.
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And finally, a little cameo of Fred and Bill having a natter about how the old girl is doing-think I'm going to name the loco Elsie after me grandmother, but I'm not quite sure yet.
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Anyhows, let me know what you think of them :)

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:53 pm

'armless lot Neil; yes they're great figures. Ciger smoker - how about Winston :?:
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