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Simon's Expong Critter Challenge.

Postby Simon Andrews » Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:40 pm

Just an update on my entry for this year's Dave Brewer Memorial Challenge. This year's challenge is to build a critter. I decided that my entry would be a miniature ride on critter as I outline previously. http://gn15.info/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9953&sid=84aed1c77ba929cf3b61bdc043f5f84b

Initially my entry was going to be in 1/24th scale, I therefore started by building a driver from odd body parts in my scrap box. This went quite well. However, when I started comparing the plan with the Kato tram chassis that I had chosen to use to power my model, I realised that the figure would be undersized compared to the model.

I have now upped the scale of the model to 1/20. This is closer to the 7.25" gauge of the prototype, although there are still some compromises to accommodate the Kato tram chassis.

I have started on a new driver, using body parts from a racing car pit crew that I have. Pictures to follow midweek.

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Postby demaine22 » Sun Sep 14, 2014 6:15 pm

Looking forward to seeing this Si. I thought about entering Lester, but I doubt he'll be finished in time.
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Postby Simon Andrews » Sat Sep 20, 2014 8:13 pm

Slow but steady progress. A couple of images of the prototype critter until I can photo the model.

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Postby Jon Randall » Sat Sep 20, 2014 9:58 pm

What a lovely ugly loco 8)
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Postby Nevadablue » Sat Sep 20, 2014 11:06 pm

Simon Andrews wrote:Slow but steady progress. A couple of images of the prototype critter until I can photo the model.

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I was about to comment on the realism... :shock:

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I love it!
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Postby adamc » Sat Sep 20, 2014 11:50 pm

How did you make the beard so realistic on the driver ?

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Postby Nevadablue » Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:34 am

... and the hair! EXCELLENT! :shock:


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Postby Jon Randall » Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:21 am

The hair will look better when Simon has finished it :lol:
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Postby Simon Andrews » Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:56 pm

Hi

Some pictures of the critter build (sorry about the sun light).

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Postby demaine22 » Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:11 am

8) Looking quite excellent already Si. Very neat and tidy!
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Postby Simon Andrews » Tue Sep 23, 2014 3:30 pm

Thanks Si. Once the roof is done I will dig out some Sidelines castings to "critterfy" it.

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Postby Chris18 » Tue Sep 23, 2014 4:10 pm

Good start there. I'll be watching this project!
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Postby Simon Andrews » Sat Oct 18, 2014 1:57 pm

Events have conspired against making fast progress with this project, but with Expong approaching its time for the final push. After a lot of work the driver is completed, and the picture posted below was taken just before the first coat of primer was applied to the loco itself.

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Postby Nevadablue » Sat Oct 18, 2014 3:16 pm

The driver is outstanding! He looks thoroughly disgusted with the tiny loco he has to drive. Great job! :D
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Postby RoGNer » Sat Oct 18, 2014 7:41 pm

Wonderful - I like his posture!

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Postby Simon Andrews » Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:17 am

Ken and Roger,
Thank you for the positive comments. The figure started off as the car jack mechanic from the Tamiya 1/20th motorsports team set. He probably looks disgusted having had to give up the jet set F1 lifestyle to drive my critter.

Given the simple nature of the prototype the casual pose of the figure was very important to this project. All the main anatomical articulating joints bar one knee, have been broken and reset in order that he looks relaxed and at home on the critter.

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Postby Nevadablue » Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:59 pm

Broken and reset! :shock:

You did make him look real, even with the pain involved. Nice work. :wink:
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Postby Simon Andrews » Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:39 am

Here's a link to the Roving Reporter site showing the completed model at this years Expong. https://picasaweb.google.com/Mick6126/ExpoNGSwanley25October2014Part1#6082431563241849106
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Postby chris stockdale » Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:43 am

It looks very smart. Nice to get a 'Commended' too as a little extra.

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Postby demaine22 » Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:55 am

Looks brilliant Si 8)
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