Rail Taxi - Inspired by Juergen

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Postby Geeky Gecko » Wed Aug 07, 2013 7:20 pm

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Here I have added a wooden frame and steps made from coffee stirrers. The stirrers were trimmed to size and then painted with water colours before gluing in place. Stirrers that had rough surfaces and edges that were not square were deliberately chosen to add character.
It may not be obvious but I have added glazing made from packaging. Obviously this should be slightly thinner than the card used so that it slides into place.
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Postby Geeky Gecko » Sat Sep 28, 2013 7:56 pm

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Just realised the roof is on the wrong way round. The roof isn't stuck on to body, but the roof rack is stuck onto the roof!

Tried a new method, for me, of making the light lens. Roll a cylinder of paper around a former for the lamp body. Remove when dry and paint. Place flat on a piece of the clear plastic material I am using for glazing. Now put neat pva into the bottom of the lamp body spreading it around so that it touches the whole circumference of the lamp body. Put enough pva to achieve a depth of 2mm or so. Being careful not to disturb leave to dry. When the pva is clear carefully peel the clear plastic away. Yes, I know there is a product sold for glazing using a similar method.

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The fuel tank and the grill suggest the type and location of the power source.
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Postby Zoange » Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:03 am

Very great work


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Postby Geeky Gecko » Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:07 pm

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This is how I made the luggage:

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These pieces were cut from card and assembled.

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Then cut a piece of very thin card, score and fold, glue to the assembled pieces and trim when dry.

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Assemble the two halves.

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Attach pieces to represent handles,catches and hinges.

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Paint, make and attach a strap and stick on some stickers.

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Postby Pierre Berry » Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:07 am

Wahoo ! What a great job !
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Postby Geeky Gecko » Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:45 pm

Printed a couple of adverts for the boards.

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Need a driver and some passengers when I can remember where I put them.
The next project is the other half so that it can shuttle back and forwards realistically.

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A spare chassis fitted with some similar sized wheels running in brass tube bearings each pushed into a length of plastic tubing that fits in the axle holes in the chassis.

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Postby Geeky Gecko » Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:31 am

Here's an idea of what I'm aiming at for the other half and the first steps along the way:

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The eagle eyed will spot that there has already been an alteration in the design - I am making the driver's half cab a bit wider.
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Postby Geeky Gecko » Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:50 pm

Tried to come up with a believable design for a suspension truck.

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Springs need toning down a bit.
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Postby Geeky Gecko » Sun Oct 27, 2013 8:54 pm

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Just undercoated with all the twiddly bits still to do.
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Rail Taxi - Inspired by Juergen

Postby Gnu Bee » Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:12 pm

How do you get the curve (tumblehome?) to stay in place? Is the card pre curved - are there any ribs on the inside?
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Postby Geeky Gecko » Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:26 pm

Each of the three laminations is pre-curved by rolling a cylindrical object repeatedly over the card placed on a pliable surface. Apply neat pva to both surfaces (both layers will deform because of the expansion to one side caused by the moisture absorption). Press both layers together keeping the required curvature. Too much adhesive will mean you may need to keep applying pressure until boredom sets in. Once you are confident the two layers will not curl away from each other you can repeat with the third layer. I find that, depending on temperature, it will remain pliable into the following day and it can be curved or flattened slightly if required. There are no ribs other than the front, back and bulkhead you can see. The thickness of the finished side is 1.5 mm (1/16"). Hope that helps.
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Postby Geeky Gecko » Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:22 pm

Here are the drivers and passengers:
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Obtained unpainted from ebay the drivers (wearing caps) came with separate arms and head and needed the bag he was holding cut off. These are the best of the figures. The plastic is reasonably soft and the task was not to difficult. A 'No Nails' type adhesive was used. It should be reasonably easy to reposition his arms outwards and vertically. By cutting his hands off they could be rotated at the wrists. I lowered his head slightly by shortening his neck.
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Postby Glen A » Tue Nov 05, 2013 5:55 am

Hi Stefan,

I'm not sure how this thread slipped through without me noticing it.
Your railcars are stunning.
You have got an exceptional level of detail - and its all cardboard!

I do like the shape of that new one. especially the way the body curves in at the bottom.
Great work! 8)

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Postby Geeky Gecko » Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:44 pm

Thanks, Glen. It all started when a new member asked for some practical help building a version of Juergen's rail taxi. One thing led to another. I must build somewhere for them to run. I'm toying with the idea using a small cable drum ( I recently pulled a couple out of a skip at work ) to make a pizza layout. Or alternatively a simple shelf type layout with an end to end shuttle and a passing loop in the middle. I also have an idea for a permanently coupled, double-articulated vehicle.
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Postby Peter Butler » Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:40 pm

The 'Rail-Taxi' idea seems to have come from a cartoon sketch by Rowland Emett and featured in one or more of his wonderful books.
I have made a model as close as possible to his drawing but must admit to it being slightly bigger than GN15.

I would love to post a picture but can't seem to find instructions....Help!
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:49 am

Peter Butler wrote:The 'Rail-Taxi' idea seems to have come from a cartoon sketch by Rowland Emett and featured in one or more of his wonderful books.
I have made a model as close as possible to his drawing but must admit to it being slightly bigger than GN15.

I would love to post a picture but can't seem to find instructions....Help!


Hi Peter and welcome to the Gnuthouse, if you goto the section 'New here? Read this first' at the very top of the Gnatterbox page there is a Sticky explaining how to post photos.
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Postby Geeky Gecko » Sun Nov 17, 2013 3:41 pm

Welcome, Peter.
Hope you don't mind but I've posted a link to your Youtube video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEPZ7SD977k
and your thread on Whymsical.com.
http://whymsical.com/index.php?topic=873.15
That's great.
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Postby Geeky Gecko » Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:50 pm

Just realised that I haven't posted pictures of the finished item.

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Postby WaterleyShunter » Sun Mar 09, 2014 1:50 pm

Those are lovely railcars Stefan, full of character. I think the methods used will work well for carriages as well.

How did you make the rear-view mirrors on the blue railcar? They appear to actually have reflective bits.

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Postby Geeky Gecko » Sun Mar 09, 2014 7:49 pm

Of course the mirrors have a reflective surface, Daffyd, how else would the driver be able to see behind him?
The 'glass' is paper with a silver finish on one side. I cut a disc of this and stuck it onto a slightly larger disc of thin card. Both of these were made slightly convex by rubbing in a circular motion with the end of a paintbrush handle with the disc placed on card. These were then glued together sandwiching a very small disc of card between them to maintain the curvature.

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The arm is wire. Wrap and glue paper round the ends and glue onto a disc of thin card or the back of the mirror.
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Re: Rail Taxi - Inspired by Juergen

Postby docnjoj » Sun Jan 11, 2015 2:01 am

Simply wonderful and inspiring.
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Re: Rail Taxi - Inspired by Juergen

Postby Geeky Gecko » Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:42 pm

Thankyou, David. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did producing it.
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