Critters on the Creek

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Critters on the Creek

Postby dieselwater » Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:31 am

Hi guys,

I thought it was about time I posted some pics of my little Gnoinings on.

I build my models around a kids toy. These are limited operaton wise, being battery, but provide a good cheap and fun excuse to get modelling.


Tim
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Ted

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Postby dieselwater » Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:36 am

A few more pics


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Postby chris stockdale » Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:45 am

Great pics - thanks for sharing your very inventive models. Since its a 'thing' of mine I particularly like the vertical boiler jobbie.



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Postby MOG » Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:25 am

These are great.. nice unified look to everything. I partcularly like the first one.
The fact that they are based around toys just makes them all the more like-able. :D
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Postby dieselwater » Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:41 am

Thanks for the comments


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Postby calme1952 » Mon Oct 13, 2008 11:01 am

Hello,

Very funny .
Could you tell more about motors , batteries , switch you use ?

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Postby dieselwater » Mon Oct 13, 2008 12:16 pm

Here's the toy I start with:

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Here's the basic chassis and body that I build from and around:

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Postby dieselwater » Mon Oct 13, 2008 12:20 pm

Here's some more pics of what I end up with. It's a fun mixture of bits and pieces:


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Postby franckcombe » Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:05 pm

very nice critters !
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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Mon Oct 13, 2008 2:13 pm

Now that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is a prime example of the fabulous funkyness Gn15 is all about: this definitely puts the fun in funky :!: 8)
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Postby Glen A » Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:05 pm

David,

These are fabulous.

It doesn’t matter what they are powered with, the bodies have a high level of detailing and are very well weathered.
The layout looks good too (from what we can see of it), any more pics?
Cheep chassis are always a good fun way of getting involved without having to outlay major dosh from the outset.
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Postby michael » Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:00 am

David,
I particularly like the Ted Loco, very creative modifications of the original mechanisms.
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Postby dieselwater » Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:20 am

Thanks for the compliments everyone.

Here's an overall shot of the layout. I built it on top of a painting canvas frame, layered with cardboard. With the track glued down, the basic contours were made from plaster and sprayed black/ brown. I then made the ground cover from fish tank stones, ballast and the foilage is woodland scenics. The long grass type stuff was got from giving Mr sweepy a light trim back and sides :lol:
The shallow creek in the middle is made up of pva. The abandoned hut is cobbled together from card.

I use two of my Oil paintings as a background. I swap them around depending on the mood or atmosphere.

As I'm into oil painting, I've used oil paints alot for the painting of the layout, combined with acrylic sprays for the large areas.

I hope this gives encouragement to others with limited access to 00/H0 stuff, that it can still be done.


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Postby dieselwater » Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:34 am

The rolling stock was built on top of the toy chassis. I used card for the most part.

Rusty and dirty gn15 box cars:

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Postby DCRfan » Tue Oct 14, 2008 4:44 am

I like. Great bodging :lol:
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Postby Bilco » Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:13 pm

Very ingenious - and rather appealing little critters! :D
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Postby Colin Peake » Thu Oct 16, 2008 5:23 pm

Some really imaginative work there David, just shows what can be done with the most unlikely materials when you put you mind to it. The scenic work and weathering are very convincing. Keep up the good work!

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Postby henrix72se » Fri Oct 17, 2008 7:37 pm

must agree, really great !! :)

if you want motion, it is easy to add a motor bogie later.

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Postby Glen A » Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:02 pm

dieselwater wrote:Here's some more pics of what I end up with. It's a fun mixture of bits and pieces:
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David, May I offer you a suggestion?
I think you could improve the look even more by cutting/filing off the fake wheels.
The fake wheels look a bit too small, and there are larger wheels on the motor unit behind, which are a better match to the wheels on the wagons.
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Postby dieselwater » Sat Oct 18, 2008 12:08 pm

I was in two minds about them myself. I just see them as part of the breaking/ suspension/ system of sorts instead of wheels.


I think for further critters I'll work on a better wheel arrangement.

Thinking about it I may try some slicing action, maybe not on this one though or I'll end up with a pile of bits :cry:
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