You will all be relieved to learn we are almost at the end of the saga.
The latest item of motive power on Two Sister’s Farm has not been run in anger at an exhibition yet. The chassis only has been test run on my HO layout.
It is an ex-army Canadian Ford quad gun tractor. It runs on an early Bachmann Brill trolley with a ringfield type motor. I bought the model at a local market for a fiver on a stall selling all sorts of toys. The chassis had to be butchered to fit the short wheelbase body by cutting a length out and butt joining it and adding some more weight in the un powered front truck that also collects current to improve its tracking.
The model is photographed on the joining section of the HO switching layout.
A three quarter view of the front of the little quad. As the model of Two Sister’s is supposed to be summer the canvas cover on the roof is rolled back showing the driver in his shorts. Jerry cans, ropes, lower footboards and a tool box have been added to give the model a little more character.
When I first had the idea of using road vehicles modified to run on rails this body shape was the one I was thinking of. Unfortunately at the time I started building the project the model was not available, so when I found out Tamiya had re-introduced it I managed to order one from my local shop.
The rear view shows a steel hawser from an electric winch with a loop for emergency towing emerging from its roller guides. The rope can be used as an alternative. The quad has six seats so is used to take workers out to the fields. A large box inside the back of the vehicle actually covers the power truck but on the model is supposed to cover the electric winch mechanism, an early example of Health and Safety perhaps.
The rolled canvas is made from kitchen towel soaked in pva glue then allowed to dry. It is then painted with acrylics and when that is dry a wash of dark grey put on. When this is dry it is flicked over with a very light grey using a dry brush.