Supersized Solva

Minimum gauge modelling in other scales.

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Supersized Solva

Postby Corusman » Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:05 pm

Having only one 1/12th loco to run on the Sunnyvale mushroom farm was not ideal. Any breakdown or maintainance stopped everything, so another loco was needed.
I had an Atlas 0 gauge shunter chassis, and by removing the keeper plate and removing the centre axle easily created an 0-4-0. Searching for a suitable candidate to mount on this long wheelbase chassis , I remembered how much I had enjoyed Bilco`s thread on building the Solva loco, Digging into the thread I found two prototype photos.
I simply put the chassis on its side, sat a driver on the cast chassis and drew round them. This gave me the length and height , and by referring to the pictures I could then sketch in the cab, body and pick up sides.
It may not be accurate but it captures the character.
The body is all plastic. The cab hoops were built on graph paper flat out of 3mm square section and then assembled into the cab, with expaned aluminium for the roof. The headlights were from a 1/24 mercedes and the rear facing light is a model boat searchlight. I even copied Bilcos use of a buffer head for the charger socket cover. The chassis wheels are very small and I therefore replaced the prototype wheel arches with covers. The motor block protrudes slightly into the back goods area so this was covered with a tarpaulin and small barrel from Macs Mouldings.

The whole thing was sprayed with acrylics and weathered with the same.


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Postby chris stockdale » Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:37 pm

There you go - photos sorted :D

It can be a bit tricky linking from the likes of Flickr :wink:

Mind you, I'm not sure I'm exactly in love with their new interface. :roll: :twisted:

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Postby chris stockdale » Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:40 pm

For those that don't know the prototype, take a look at this thread:

http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t= ... ight=solva

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Postby Corusman » Fri Jun 14, 2013 5:46 pm

Thanks for sorting out pictures, Flicka used to be easier.
That progress for you.

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Postby demaine22 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:05 pm

That final image on the layout gives a great idea of the size of the little loco! I like your weathering on there...everything looks so solid in the larger scales!
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Postby Finelines » Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:06 pm

I have to ask, do you have a sketch you worked from?

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Postby Corusman » Tue Jun 18, 2013 6:19 pm

Working in larger scales suits certain models I find, although the scenic work
is harder. Scattering a bit of ballast and flock powder just doesn't cut theo mustard. Gn15 however seems to suit the18" gauge the best allowing superb scenic work.
I have the drawing but would be ashamed to put it on the web site. I can send you a scan if you let me know your email. Once I had the height and length and worked out the back of the cab wa just forward of halfway, I jiggled things around until they looked right. The photos show that it is only slightly wider than the two foot gauge track so that was easy.

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Postby Bilco » Tue Jun 18, 2013 6:31 pm

Hi Corusman,

The Solva critter looks very good in 1/12th scale - very chunky yet retains the distinct oddness of the prototype. I came up with the dimensions of mine in much the same way as you - start with the base length and width and eyeball until it looks right!
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