Heywood shortie coach

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Heywood shortie coach

Postby Thorness » Tue May 03, 2016 9:09 pm

His Lordship has decided that he needs a coach for transporting his visitors. However due to size limitations it needs to be smaller than the "standard" Heywood 16 seater.

The donor chassis is a Bachmann Well Wagon:
ImageBachmann Well Wagon donor by Thorness, on Flickr
This was an Ebay purchase - quite cheap probably because it had already had buffers removed.

The size is about right to make the body 2/3 rds the original length so 6 windows and two doors (8 inside seats) rather than the original 9 windows. I have drawn this up using "Word" to give me two identical sized sides.
ImageWord sketch by Thorness, on Flickr

These were cut out and assembled to check out the feasibility of the whole idea and also to check whether there was enough room inside.
ImageMock up and seating by Thorness, on Flickr

This more overhead shot shows that there is room for two across even if a bit tight!
ImageSeating test by Thorness, on Flickr

Having established that this may work I printed the sides on more substantial card which I was a bit surprised went through the printer. I have also realised that while the colours are not spot on I can get a general idea of colour schemes using the "word" files on the screen.

ImagePrinted sides by Thorness, on Flickr

I don't think this will be the final colour scheme but it won't be varnished wood like the original.

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Re: Heywood shortie coach

Postby Nevadablue » Wed May 04, 2016 4:08 am

Hmmm... a Wordy car. :D

That's pretty cool, I'm glad to see others using card for models. My printers take 110 pound paper with no problem. A couple of layers makes a pretty substantial part.

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Re: Heywood shortie coach

Postby docnjoj » Wed May 04, 2016 11:52 am

How the heck can you draw in Word?
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Re: Heywood shortie coach

Postby Thorness » Wed May 04, 2016 2:49 pm

docnjoj wrote:How the heck can you draw in Word?
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I don't know if it is still the same, I have a 2007 version.

If you click the Insert tab there is an icon to add shapes. If you add a shape then another tab labelled Format appears with more tools. Clicking Align lets you put a grid on the screen to aid drawing etc.

I guess anyone with a CAD program could use that. I downloaded a free one (Freecad) but my virus checker didn't like it when I tried to install it.
I had originally thought I might look into getting this laser cut in plywood then I could use a varnished wood finish but all the sites I looked at needed a CAD file. Any way I'm sure my card version is a lot cheaper and ultimately more satisfying having created it myself.

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Re: Heywood shortie coach

Postby Jon Randall » Wed May 04, 2016 3:07 pm

Looking good Don 8)
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Re: Heywood shortie coach

Postby Thorness » Wed May 04, 2016 7:50 pm

Progress

Body assembled and underframe created:
ImageUnderframe by Thorness, on Flickr

Body in place and window sashes added:
ImageEnds added by Thorness, on Flickr

Primed and ready for final colour:
ImagePrimed by Thorness, on Flickr

It will slow down now while I repaint the passengers to go inside - they came painted and look like they have come back from the future, much too brightly coloured!

Also need to sort out the roof but I will leave final fitting until the end so I can make it a removable but firm fit.

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Re: Heywood shortie coach

Postby docnjoj » Thu May 05, 2016 12:04 pm

Just tried out MSWord and it does have the drawing functions. I'll have to work on it to get the skillz but it works. This is the 2010 version. Simple to use compared to most CAD programs.
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Re: Heywood shortie coach

Postby docnjoj » Thu May 05, 2016 12:07 pm

That is fine work! I like it a lot!
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Re: Heywood shortie coach

Postby Thorness » Sun May 08, 2016 8:14 pm

The things we do for this hobby!
I have got 5 people for the passengers, cheap, modern and not well painted anyway (unless you like the cross-eyed look) so I think a bit of re-structuring is in order.
As a result of that I am now studying early 20th century fashion so I can make my passengers look like they belong. The men seem to be relatively simple but the women are a nightmare with those big hats.

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Re: Heywood shortie coach

Postby Thorness » Tue May 17, 2016 10:37 pm

Well the passengers are still in need of work but I have made some progress on the coach.
ImageNeeds glazing by Thorness, on Flickr
The roof is a tight but removable fit so I can get the passengers in once they are modified and painted.
ImageAlarming modern passengers by Thorness, on Flickr
They need to be moved back several decades to fit in.
I also need to sort out some glazing.
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Re: Heywood shortie coach

Postby Nevadablue » Wed May 18, 2016 6:12 am

:shock:
Wow, the 'eyes' have it for sure. I got those same people, but unpainted. I'm glad...

but, I'm sure you can fix it...

:shock:

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Re: Heywood shortie coach

Postby KEG » Wed May 18, 2016 9:05 am

Most of us have these El Cheapo Chinese figures in their file. The task is, to bash them into turn of the century style passengers. Seems to be quite a modelling / sculpting challenge.

I have some of the Preiser 1 : 24 figures, dressed in suitable costumes.

Image

They sell some seated figures suited for Viktorian / Edwardian periods as well.

Image

Of course, one has to bring some money. If I remember right, today they are about 10 Euro ea. One reason, why many Gardenrailway coaches run empty. I had a chance, to buy 18 of them twenty years ago for 60 Deutschmarks.

The Heyood coach came out very well and convincing. It was a very good idea, to shorten the model. In scale they´d be approx 10 Inches long.

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Re: Heywood shortie coach

Postby Thorness » Wed May 18, 2016 2:08 pm

Thank you all for the compliments, it has been very satisfying building this. In the past most of my modelling has been kit building or more recently 3D finishing.

The Preiser figures are very nice but expensive. These cost me about 7 euros for all five.
I will be getting busy with the putty but as they will mostly be inside the coach hopefully I can get away with a few imperfections. All part of the fun of modelling in this scale - I love it!

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Re: Heywood shortie coach

Postby Thorness » Fri May 27, 2016 4:46 pm

Passengers modified:
ImageModified people by Thorness, on Flickr
Hopefully they look a bit more in period for the rest of the layout.

Installed inside the coach:
ImagePeople onboard r by Thorness, on Flickr
ImagePeople onboard l by Thorness, on Flickr
ImagePeople aboard by Thorness, on Flickr

To the naked eye they appear a bit more visible than the camera shows!

I think I could do with a better matt varnish, that driver still looks a bit shiny!

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Re: Heywood shortie coach

Postby Nevadablue » Sun May 29, 2016 4:48 am

I think they look great in the car. The driver may just need to wash his oily clothes. :D
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Re: Heywood shortie coach

Postby docnjoj » Sun May 29, 2016 1:22 pm

How did you modify your figures? Some look a bit "Chunky" like we all do these days.
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Re: Heywood shortie coach

Postby Thorness » Sun May 29, 2016 8:46 pm

The figures were modified using Milliput (mostly) and Green Stuff for the finer bits. I hadn't used Green Stuff before but it does seem good for the finer details.
You are quite right a couple of them do look as though they might find the doors a bit narrow!

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Re: Heywood shortie coach

Postby docnjoj » Mon May 30, 2016 11:47 am

Thanks Thorness. I think I may give this a try.
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