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Postby bonneville » Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:26 pm

I would like to share with you, a little idea I have had brewing for a while now.
After a visit to the fantastic Westonzoyland pumping station and light railway ( no ties except happy customer) I was thinking about a small preserved, but working narrow gauge system, with lots of eclectic machinery and rolling stock scattered around.
A rural scene but with a slightly industrial feel.

The beginnings of a small workshop. 6mm Ecocell walls clad with Noch embossed brickwork. Lintels are carved ecocell, as is the floor.


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Scratched Evergreen windows and doors. Ratio hinges.


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Evergreen and plastikard workbench and pillar drill, italeri misc tools.

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A lick of paint later, Preshade Tamiya black green , blocking Tamiya Russian green, postshade, vallejo russ. Uniform green. Also gutters added from plastruct sections. Cool lamp came from one photographed at westonzoyland. Fabbed from evergreen and steel wire.

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Interior shots. More crusty, rusty junk required methinks. :D

More soon. A.
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Postby Cross Kitter » Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:40 pm

Really stunning :shock:

Looks great, can't wait to see more.
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Postby bonneville » Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:10 pm

Thankyou Simon!
I had a load of fun making that workshop. Still thinking of stuff to fill it with!

Next up, a rustony type thingy.......
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Postby Broadoak » Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:34 pm

Excellent stuff Alex. Some superb modelling there. 8)

I especially like the Nuffield poster above the anvil.
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Postby bonneville » Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:04 am

Thankyou Peter. Praise indeed from the meister of 1:32 farm dwelling narrow gauge!

Ok, so I said about a rustony type diesel. I really like the look of the LBT , so armed with more styrene, I jumped in. No plans other than a vague notion of an LBT, but a bit bigger and meatier.
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Not sure about those louvres. Anyhoo, a chassis is needed.

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Gotta have that funky oval front grille. Always loved the cheeky ' wink' of the LBT.

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Finished in my green ' house ' color. That seat took some making. The air was heavy with colourful language and plastic fumes.


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Let me know what you think.

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Postby FairlieCrazee » Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:37 am

Loving your Shed, looks great ! Its amazing how a little detail increases the fantastic look of a building even more !

Ps: are your hinges home made or did you buy them ?
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Postby chris stockdale » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:06 am

bonneville wrote: I really like the look of the LBT , so armed with more styrene, I jumped in. No plans other than a vague notion of an LBT


Blimey - I couldn't produce something that looked that good if you gave me a quality kit of parts. Very nice modelling.

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Postby Oztrainz » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:14 am

Hi Alex,
Welcome aboard. Congrats, You've pretty much nailed the cab details for a Ruston.
Here's a 20DL cab for you :wink: The 3-speed gearshift lever is out of shot to the right, Itis attached to the rear end of the gearbox.
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Your unit could have had the larger 3-pot 40 horsepower donk...
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and other side
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Postby bonneville » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:24 am

Wow!
Thankyou john. Info like those photos in invaluable. 8)

Stockers: Thankyou for your kind words.
I find it easier to scratchbuild over building a kit, because you can do things exactly how YOU want to.
Give it a go, You'll find its easier than you thought.
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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:50 am

Looking good Alex.
I recognise the influence from Weston Zoyland in the shed, had a small exhibition in there quite a few years ago now on one of their open days.
Have often thought of basing a layout on the setup there, but dont need to now you are doing it :)
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Postby bonneville » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:43 pm

Well, next up, an electric trammer loco. Not sure why, but I do have a soft spot for them after a very enjoyable day at morwellam quay.

Here's the bare bones, on a rather good hornby l&y pug.
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Yellow and rusty I think. Mine-fresh and still dirty. Hope the new owners got it at a good price.

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Now we just need a member of staff to operate the little poppet.

Had a go at carving a figure from old sprue and these ol preiser palm tree trunks I didn't use. His head is carved from the top of one of these trunks.

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Now for a bit more sculpting and smoothing. Hands carved again from old sprue offcuts.

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Here's the little guy with some primer on. Starting to look a bit more human. His hat is made from that massive sprue from the peco OO goods shed kit. Very carvable.

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And finally a wave of the airbrush, and he's pretty much done. Army painter dip used on his face. He looks a bit stern, but he' ll do.

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Testing out the trammer. My driver still looks fed up. Maybe its been a long shift.

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A bit of fun. Runs quite well given the chassis origins.

More 32nd scale Tomfoolery to follow.

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Postby Oztrainz » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:45 pm

Hi Alex,
Let me know if you want any other detail photos. I have these I can get at
20HP units
http://www.ilrms.com.au/green_ruston.htm
or
http://www.ilrms.com.au/brown_ruston.htm The cab photo was from this one

and 40HP "Condong"
http://www.ilrms.com.au/ruston_3_cylinder_loco.htm
The engine photos were from this loco.

Do you know about all the Rustony stuff here:
http://www.mrt.org.uk/ruston
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Postby bonneville » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:56 pm

Excellent! Thankyou John.
I just can't get enough of those little ruston critters. I feel another attack of styrenitis coming on!

Thanks again. I really appreciate the links and pics.

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Postby Oztrainz » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:08 pm

Hi Alex
You did say battery-electric :?: :?:
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The photo is from our 8T Mancha (US Built)
http://www.ilrms.com.au/mancha_battery_loco.htm . The photo shows the other end with the cable plug from the chassis to the battery box. This unit was ex-coal mine and all fittings were fully flameproofed.

More info on mainly US-built small battery electrics here:
http://industrialrail.5u.com/catalog.html

That ought to keep you out of mischief for a while :wink:
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Postby Dallas_M » Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:25 am

Hi Alex --

The workshop & locos look great! Wonderful detailing and finishes.
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Postby Boghopper » Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:50 am

Outstanding modelling Alex. From one who used to do it for a living, I respect the time taken to produce such intricate detail. Keep 'em coming!
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Postby gfadvance » Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:53 am

Alex,

really nice building and painting techniques,

Workshop looks real , out of interest can you share with us how you made the guttering and down pipes ?

EDIT, sorry just reread your notes ...Plastistruct!

The battery trammer is a real work of art even in its unpainted plastic form, you clean and precise construction is a joy to look at .......... and the painted version is superb , very effective wear /rust patterns.
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Postby Steve Bennett » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:35 am

Very impressive Alex, the finishing on the loco is superb.
What has blown me away though is the figure, carved from sprue, thats Gnuts :lol: excellent result though :)
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Postby bonneville » Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:58 am

Thankyou all so much for your kind comments. Your responses were better than I could ever have imagined.
For the first time in a long time, I am really getting a buzz out of railway modelling. This narrow gauge lark is seriously addictive, and a lot more fun for me than other aspects of railway modelling I have done in the past.

Thankyou all again. There's more to follow.... :D
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Postby Glen A » Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:06 pm

Exceptional work. Especially making that hand!
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Postby bonneville » Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:17 pm

Evening All.

Fancied making a little scenic piece to go with the workshop scene. I searched around for something to add to the scene which wouldn't detract from the rolling stock, and would be typical to a small rural industry.

Whilst looking at autotrucks on the interweb, I found this little poppet.

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For those not familiar with these wonderful vehicles, its a Martin Bonser autotruck, and hundreds have been made since the fifties for light industry and market garden use. I think I remember seeing one at an estate gardens once, or something similar anyway.

Right, out with the styrene, I think I' ll do an electric version with a rebuilt load bed for my maintenance staff to trundle around on.

Here's the bare bones. Just trying to get the overall shape right.


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Now for the steering wheel. Not easy.

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Turned up the front wheel from 80 thou styrene. Axle and bush from rod and stretched tube. Added a handbrake lever from the same stuff.
The rear wheels are styrene tube with a square of 30 thou in the centre. A small section of stretched tube in the centre.

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Now for a spot of primer and paint. Preshade of Tamiya flat earth, light coat of darkened luftwaffe blue, postshade of lightened same. Wheels will be a flat red with MIG Europe dust collected in the nooks and crannies

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Now for chipping and wear. Vallejo chocolate brown and panzer grey takes care of this. Various shade of grey and light tan used on the flat bed.
A little graphite here and there gives a nice worn metal finish.

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I think that's about done. Funny little thing isn't it?
I love British industrial vehicles.
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Postby Boghopper » Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:42 pm

Another little beauty!
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Postby Ian-IoM » Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:10 pm

Wow! I like that autotruck :shock: 8)

Very nice model, lots of impressive stuff on this thread actually - love the workshop scene :D
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Postby bonneville » Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:00 am

Thankyou gents. Been wanting to make one of those for a while.

Google search Auto truck, and hit images, for some really bizarre but wonderful vehicles.

We made some cracking stuff back in the day, didn't we?

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Postby Mark Goodwin » Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:44 am

Alex,

As I look at your work through this website I think you must be a creative genius. Your work with styrene is of the professional model making standard and your painting effects look "real life".

I live on the west coast of Canada close to an old copper mine (Britannia Beach) just north of Vancouver (and south of Squamish) in British Columbia. Outside the mine, which is now a fantastic museum, is an old battery loco, painted yellow with a fair bit of weathering and dust. I'll get a photo tomorrow and will post it in this forum.

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