(F) Park Farm; Midi-Lister 1:12

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(F) Park Farm; Midi-Lister 1:12

Postby Jon Randall » Fri May 29, 2009 4:29 pm

After seeing Matt's The shunt-o-matic layout 1/12th modelling using 16.5mm track to represent 7 1/4" started appealing.

I have decided to model a packaging/shipping barn in a farmyard.
With this in mind thoughts turned to what loco would be appropiate. It would have to be squarish and definitely an industrial type rather than miniature. I quite fancied a Mini-Lister but felt it wasn't industrial enough. However a hybrid of the Mini-Lister together with elements of a Type R Lister would fit the bill gnicely. So the Midi-Lister was born :D

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The size of the loco is 120mm by 49mm wide, just inside the "3 times the gauge" rule.

Power is supplied by a Bachman On30 trolley chassis which has nice big wheels.

White metal parts are from the Back2Bay6 1/12th Lister.

Still a lot to do.

The only thing I'm certain is that I won't start the layout itself until the Dereham Show in August is over as I've already got lots to do.
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Postby Jon Randall » Sun May 31, 2009 8:52 pm

Now for this weekend's update.

I've spent most of this weekend's modelling time filling, sanding, spraying, sanding, spraying etc the bonnet due to the toilet paper/superglue method having a pitted surface.

Before this I drilled the characteristic Lister hexagon on one of the bonnet sides and enlarged the access hole on the other.

I also scratchbuilt the gearbox cover :arrow: easier than building the gearbox :roll:

I didn't have any plasticard thicker than 1mm so I had to lamminate several and sand them square.

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The transparent plastic wont be a viewing window when painted but I had to use it as I haven't any plasticard thinner than 1mm either.

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Postby Jon Randall » Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:06 pm

Steve's post Supersize Me reminded me that I hadn't posted pictures of the rolling stock I'd been building.

As Steve pointed out the easiest starting point is with a ready-built chassis. I went a different route than Steve (I can quite happily use a different scale wagon for Gn15 but could never go from Gn15 to another scale :wink: ) I bought some cheap (scrap) Triang wagons on eBay and also a Palitoy van I had laying about. I removed as much of the width as possible which isn't easy, as they used the hardest plastic and metal known to man but gives a nice weight.

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I then built new bodies from balsa and added Peco track pins.

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The end bulkhead wagon is mocked up with reinforcing section.
The flat wagon has the Palitoy chassis, the bulkheads use the Triang.
They are all worn, but not worn out (I would have taken close-ups but it started raining :roll:

I wanted to see how worn I could go so I had the idea of a rotten wagon now being used as a buffer stop.

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Postby Jon Randall » Mon Sep 21, 2009 10:56 am

Well the lads in the Park Farm have been busy in the restoration of the Midi-Lister. The undercoat has now been applied.

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The axle boxes were beyond repair so new ones are being fabricated and the engine and axles are at the machine shop.

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Postby Steve Bennett » Mon Sep 21, 2009 1:24 pm

I've seen Listers with two tanks mounted top back, what was the second for, engine oil, transmission oil, coolant, an extra fuel tank :?:


Yes, one was petrol, the other oil.
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Postby Jon Randall » Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:56 pm

Well I've managed to build some axle boxes. I started with plasicard channel and a thin section of square tubing. I found some sprue which fitted snugly inside the tubing. I wanted to represent the springs but I couldn't find any small enough so I made some with florists wire.

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Postby Jon Randall » Mon Sep 28, 2009 7:52 pm

As promised, photos of the finished ( :?: ) chassis.

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I was pondering how to form eight parts to make the 4 brake shoes and came up with the following. I cut 8 pieces of plasticard just over the right width but much longer. I then drilled and bolted these together and sanded them to the same width. Then after forming a rough groove with a half-round rasp I sanded them down with an electric drill. I hope the poor photograph will explain this better.

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I then cut off four long and four short pieces and glued them together for the thick inner edge.

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Postby Jon Randall » Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:12 pm

I thought I'd better get some paint (and salt) on it.

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Now the only problem is if it is going to have a black chassis like I originally planned or have a (was) white loco :?

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Postby Jon Randall » Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:35 pm

Since it is a farm loco, it has been out in all weathers.

I decided to go for the white chassis, mainly as I haven't got any black.

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The soil must be acidic :lol:

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Postby Jon Randall » Tue Oct 13, 2009 6:45 pm

Thanks for your comments, but I'm about worried about some of you. :D
I was going to post this later in Prototype Prattles but for Glen & Paul.

Fifi & Fimbles

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Fimbles was purchased around 5 years ago but due to a doubling of passenger numbers Fifi was bought 3 years ago.

Both are dual gauge, 7 3/8" front and 7 7/8" rear. They are both powered by L.G.L. and are usually reliable with only a few minor breakdowns.
Driver Experience Days are available at only £50.
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Re: (F) Park Farm; Midi-Lister 1:12

Postby southpier » Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:23 pm

I know this post is a hundred years old, but did the Lister ever get finished?

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Re: (F) Park Farm; Midi-Lister 1:12

Postby Jon Randall » Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:35 pm

It's on the list :wink:
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Re: (F) Park Farm; Midi-Lister 1:12

Postby DuffieldBank » Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:22 am

Jon, could you post a link to your Photobucket pages so we could view the photographs now that they are no longer on the forum?

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Re: (F) Park Farm; Midi-Lister 1:12

Postby Jon Randall » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:51 pm

http://s208.photobucket.com/user/jon-ra ... ndaquarter

I hadn't put them in a folder so now Photobucket have lost all the links I'm in the process of sorting them.
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