Scott's latest Lister effort, his 1 cylinder Petrol model, got me all excited. They are my favourite by far.
My professional life was spent doing what amounts to matching patterns. Was it a normal one or an abnormal one? My modelling tends to follow the same course. I take lots of photographs and when I am satisfied that the pattern bears a pretty good likeness to reality I am happy. This applies to layouts and virtually everything else. This is how I got into my figure painting The pattern in photos of models with figures did not match real people in photos. An analysis led to "faking" the shadows which is what my method essentially does.
It was this pattern recognition business that got me going on the Winky kit. The border round the builders name and the nuts along the bottom of the cab and on the frame were not there. Hello!!
I have quite a large collection of Lister photos taken from the web and from books and magazines so have a number of patterns to check against.
Looking at Scott's latest offering the pattern recognition mechanism kicked in and alarm bells rang loudly. After a week of mucking about reason has prevailed. First off, the Lister that Scott has modelled is a very rare one. It is the first plan that appears on Tilston's set for the Lister. It has no side weights, has extra long end weights and straight sided axleboxes. It looks ugly.
The model looks ugly. To a large extent this is because the buffer block is hanging up out there. Beefing up the front of the weight would improve things considerably. A do it yourself project.
The more I studied this offering and the original Diesel the more I was impressed by the design of the basic chassis. It really does sit down nicely on the Bachmann trolley mechanism. The sideframes clasp the mechanism surprisingly firmly. At least they do on mine and nothing else has to be done.
Inconsistencies between model and reality kept popping up. I have now modified the one I have and have kept Scott posted of my doings. The end weights have been modified, the deck has been opened up at the back, sand box levers added and the gearbox unit has been rebuilt. I will be seeing Scott on Sunday at the Brampton Train Show and will be going over all these with him. The gearbox unit really is one of the unique things about a Lister. I think the one I have come up with is castable with a few minor changes.
I am very excited about the possibilities using the basic parts Scott will have.
Chassis wise there could be:
1/ The ugly looking one.
2/ Same with normal end weights.
3/ Add centre weights
4/ Use the angle sided axle boxes that the original chassis came with with centre weights and normal end weights. This was by far the commonest version.
1/ Diesel - and you can use Scott's bits in all sorts of ways. He has bits for the 2 cylinder version as well.
2/ 1 cylinder petrol engine and hood/bonnet
3/ A 2 cylinder petrol engine and bonnet would be nice to have.
With the engine/chassis combinations possible you should be able to duplicate many of the prototypes.
In addition you can add a canopy, a covered body either a Lister one or one of your own design. Lots of those around. And so on.
Scott you are building an Aladdins Cave for Listermaniacs
Now for some images to brighten up the post.
The back end weights have been modified and are hung correctly under the lower flange of the end beam. I had modified Scott's originals but only noticed the way they were hung later. A job for next week.
A nice look at the result to date.
The gearbox unit. Still needed a bit of fine tuning before it was installed.
No apologies for the length of the post. I am excited. Can't wait to get my Lister version on Sunday.