A tentative toe in the water

For discussion of the issues faced when building a model or layout - how to replicate wood, what glues to use, exactly how much weathering can a Gnat take, a good source of detailing accessories - you get the picture, I'm sure.

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Postby Boghopper » Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:17 am

Dumb buffers, fabricated from balsa to give a thicker section of timber are now in place. The whole body was given a coat of a mix of Humbrol 56, aluminium, and 29, matt dark earth, to give an all-over aged look. Then a first top coat of 89, matt middle blue, was applied sparingly so the 'wood' shows through. Next I'll apply a thin coat of green to suggest a repaint at some time.

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Postby Boghopper » Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:49 am

I've now painted the 'lid' with a mixture of black and grey to represent roofing felt. The second coat of 80, matt grass green, has been applied thinly over the body, allowing the blue and the wood to show through. The hinges and handles have been lightly brushed with 70, matt brick red, which I always to use to portray old rusted metal. Then a very light light brushing of matt black has been wafted over to tone it down.

I assuming batteries and a heavy duty motor so do you think there would be any external signs, on the bodywork, of their internal presence?

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Postby Chris18 » Wed Sep 24, 2014 12:10 pm

Well done. I really like this little beast.
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Postby Broadoak » Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:40 am

I too like your mobile tool shed it really has a bit of character. 8)
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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:45 am

Wood texture shows grandly.
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Postby Boghopper » Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:46 am

Ventilator panel fashioned from ali food tray with louvres pushed out is now fixed to front.

With a loaned circle of set track running trials have commenced. Track very dirty but after a rub with a graphite pencil slow, smooth running now achieved. Video below to demonstrate.

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Sat Sep 27, 2014 4:56 pm

Runs well Chris. Referring back to your ? on external signs (last Wednesday) the battery size would require crane assistance to effect a replacement.
Given sloping hoods chances are that crane operator would be bound to hit edges from time to time. :wink:
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Postby Boghopper » Sat Sep 27, 2014 7:04 pm

You want me to knock it about a bit Gerry??!!
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Postby Boghopper » Fri Oct 24, 2014 12:46 pm

Well, it's too late to do any more - even if I had the time - but I'm happy with the wee beastie now. It looks as I planned and runs growlingly well so even if I don't win the critter competition (unlikely seeing the stiff opposition) I'm pleased I took the time to build it and enter. It's been an interesting exercise in large scale modelling but I don't feel inclined to pursue the scale any further.

So, if anyone is interested, I'd be happy to sell it after Expong. If you're going, take a look, otherwise here are some pictures of the finished article.

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