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mog



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:53 am    Post subject: Y6 tram in 3mm scale Reply with quote

In between other projects, I was reminded of my 14.2mm Halling motor bogie. I started to mock up an Atkinson geared loco body for it ages ago, but thought I'd have a go at the Y6 tram loco.
The body is mostly plasticard.. roof details bodged from the bits box and a card roof.
Bearing in mind that I don't seem to be able to cut a straight line in plasticard. (Any tips welcome!).. I'm quite pleased so far.

A few details to go such as the bell, grab rails..and the cowcatcher, don't know how I'm going to do that yet..



Hopefully once finished a coat of paint will hide the worst bodges! (Besides which, I won't usually be looking at it quite as close up as this Shocked

DOh! just realised that I've stuck the roof on and I haven't glazed it yet...grrr...
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Andy in Germany



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks pretty nice to me Mog. What bendy lines are you talking about?

Personally I use a carpet strip to cut against because I find that the two edges hold the plasticard down.

I don't know if that is any help to you. I also make 7mm scale because I couldn't build anything that small that well.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks pretty good to me as well. Every time I see a little tram loco it puts me in mind of the Upwell and Wisbech tramway. A super little railway that I keep meaning to model but have never done so. Do you intend making something for your little tram to run on?
I have an excellent little book called Branch Line To Upwell by Vic Mitchell, Keith Smith and Andrew Ingram.
There is an aerial view of Outwell village with a small goods yard with 3 sidings the longest taking about 8 wagons. The track crosses the Creek which is tidal, there’s an un-gated level crossing a few little shops and a church. It is screaming out to be modelled. You wouldn’t have to use much license to make a shelf layout from the plan.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't get me started on the Wis & Up! Very Happy

It's one of those "one day" layouts for me too. I've built up quite a pile of gen on it over the years.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a few thoughts about the cowcatchers..had a good rummage too and eventually took a scalpel to some old Hornby platform fencing..not perfect, but good enough for me! Very Happy


Yes.. I'd like to build something. May not be pure Wisbech.. most likely a 'generic' light railway somewhere in Notts / Lincs area.

Joined the 3mm society a year ago. It's a nice scale and one where you have to build just about everything (especially if you go for 14.2mm 'finescale' vs 12mm).. had ago at a couple of wagon kits and a bit of pcb trackbuilding (first time). I reckon once I have this done and get the coupling sorted, I'll start with a little tester.. just a siding on a plank to shunt...then hopefully a Light Railway station.

PS out of interest..I found an old RM article by Rev Awdry online somewhere about his scratchbuilt 'Toby' Y6 loco.. helped me a lot with the dimensions etc for this build.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always liked the LNER tram engines since reading the Thomas books when I was a child. I have a Hornby version of the Y70, cut down to the correct loading gauge, for use on my OO layouts in answer to cries of "Where's Thomas" at shows. I think the blue tank gets in too many places but the appearance of Toby usually appeases the bored sprog so that I can get back to serious shunting.


A long time ambition to own a decent scale model of one of the steam trams was finally fulfilled when Skytrex released their Y6 in O scale.


Nice model Martin, I like the cowcatcher idea!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mog wrote:
Had a few thoughts about the cowcatchers..had a good rummage too and eventually took a scalpel to some old Hornby platform fencing...


Nice idea. It looks good too...

blackcloud wrote:
I've always liked the LNER tram engines since reading the Thomas books when I was a child. I have a Hornby version of the Y70, cut down to the correct loading gauge, for use on my OO layouts in answer to cries of "Where's Thomas" at shows. I think the blue tank gets in too many places but the appearance of Toby usually appeases the bored sprog so that I can get back to serious shunting.!


I like it: give people what they want without following the crowd. That'd be a hit with our Middle son who thinks the Toby in the books is named after him- even if it's spelt wrong.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spent some time vexing about what couplings to use on my 3mm stock. Recently I've been fitting Greenwich couplings to 009 kits and quite liked them. Figured I'd try it despite fears about the 'narrow gauge' look of them.
I'm glad I did - I reckon they work fine. Truth will be when I start to use them 'properly' on a layout I spose Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the Y6 Martin, a great simple solution to 3mm scale motive power. Watch out though, with all this finescale stuff about we might have to take back the bodgers badge!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

colpeake wrote:
Watch out though, with all this finescale stuff about we might have to take back the bodgers badge!

Colin


eeek! Shocked

I promise to bodge properly when I have a go at the Drewry 04!

Anyway.. it's finescale gauge but coarse modelling (I think)

More pics later with paintwork. Need to fix grabs and work out how to represent the bell.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 11:56 pm    Post subject: Tram loco in 3mm scale Reply with quote

Your "fencing" cow-catcher should look fine when painted. Some time ago I had a go at an HO version of a GER tram loco and had to face the same problem. My solution was to fit a curved horizontal baseplate at each end of the skirt, just above track level, with holes bored round the perimeter and a similar number of holes in the lower edge of the buffer beam. The bars were made from straightened out office staples superglued in place and then the surplus nipped off from below when all had set. When it was all painted black the baseplate was hardly visible. Look forward to seeing more pictures later.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always thought that the Ratio spear fencing would make a good cowcatcher. It is very finely moulded, in fact in it's intended use I think it is superior to the flat brass versions available elsewhere.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 1:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Y6 tram in 3mm scale Reply with quote

mog wrote:

Bearing in mind that I don't seem to be able to cut a straight line in plasticard. (Any tips welcome!)


I can't either. I find Evergreen styrene strips a godsend in this regard.

The model is looking good. It already has character.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit of an update.. see the 'blog' for more Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the Bodger Badge is slipping Mog... That's lovely trackwork. Any chance of a wiring diagram for the point switch?
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