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Postby DCRfan » Tue May 06, 2008 5:37 am

Maroon or red were my other possibilities
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Postby Colin Peake » Tue May 06, 2008 9:56 pm

Looks great! I never thought the rather crude Gordon would turn into something so plausible!!

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Postby DCRfan » Wed May 07, 2008 9:59 am

Colin Peake wrote:Looks great! I never thought the rather crude Gordon would turn into something so plausible!!

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Thanks Colin, I'm rather surprised how good it is looking. I have been eyeing it up in the local model shop for some months. It was hanging beside a shelf of very detailed Flying Scotsman and similar locos. I decided it would be easier to start with the Plain Jane version than spending time removing unnecessary scale details.

In preparation for the obligatory grey builders photo I thought everyone may like to see a shot of the Bachmann chassis. It is nice and tidy. The Thomas face with moving eyes clips onto the front of the chassis interfacing with the white gear which has a crosswise grove to operate the eye mechanism. Perhaps a shunter standing on the front of the loco with a waving arm :P

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Postby Panda » Wed May 07, 2008 10:02 am

very impressed with that!
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Postby Stu » Wed May 07, 2008 1:27 pm

DCRfan wrote:The Thomas face with moving eyes clips onto the front of the chassis interfacing with the white gear which has a crosswise grove to operate the eye mechanism. Perhaps a shunter standing on the front of the loco with a waving arm :P


With a bit of jiggery-pokery, what about the driver waving at the waiting kids?
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Postby DCRfan » Thu May 08, 2008 6:00 am

Unfortuntely no as the eye mechanism is at the front. No way I'm turning all the waggly bits through 180 degrees :roll:
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Postby John New » Thu May 08, 2008 7:32 pm

Catching up with the "G'box" again after a break and having seen the Gordon based model was wondering if a good starting point alternative might not be a second hand Hornby "King Arthur" with a bogie tender added? It is only a 4-6-0 so the firebox and cab end would need some fabrication work BUT an extension at the back end of the chassis would allow the fitting in of the extra pony truck.

I won't have time to try this myself for some months but do have a tatty Arthur already in stock and a white metal 8 wheel tender kit unmade to go with it. Before I abandoned 4mm modelling bashing an Arthur to represent an S15 was on the cards so the engine was bought to adapt.
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Postby John New » Thu May 08, 2008 7:49 pm

Simon Andrews posted -
Looks great Paul. I have seen a hand coloured picture of John Anthony in NGR livery similar to this. http://matts.trains.fotopic.net/p49187507.html


Additional thought hence follow up post - Could you use the same tender behind a similarly stretched and heavily bashed Hornby Schools to produce a looks like/based on BL Atlantic? I have never owned one of the Hornby Schools class so don't know if it is loco or tender drive.
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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Thu May 08, 2008 8:36 pm

Most Hornby steam tender locos before the move to production in China are tender drive. I fairly certain that the Schools 4-4-0 is tender drive.
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Postby John New » Thu May 08, 2008 8:58 pm

Oh ....!*$, that's another good idea gone west. The old Arthur I have though I am sure must be loco drive or I wouldn't have bought the tender kit to go with it.
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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Thu May 08, 2008 9:32 pm

John New wrote:Oh ....!*$, that's another good idea gone west. The old Arthur I have though I am sure must be loco drive or I wouldn't have bought the tender kit to go with it.



The old King Arthur is loco drive, but the Schools is much later and was introduced at about the same time as the LNER 4-4-0, both of which shared the same chassis.
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Postby DCRfan » Fri May 09, 2008 6:14 am

The loco drive was one of the key reasons I selected Gordon.
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Postby DCRfan » Fri May 09, 2008 12:42 pm

A pair of resin ladies wonder how the train driver will do his job with no controls as I've yet to tackle the backhead details :(

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The exposed wheels on the rear bogie just didn't look right so I've added dummy axle boxes. Also added chassis frame behind the front bogie to stop the see thru look.
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Postby Jon Randall » Fri May 09, 2008 12:52 pm

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Postby bluey1989 » Fri May 09, 2008 1:02 pm

Wow, that looks awesome.
Where is the driver I wonder, he might have already jumped ship if has no controls...

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Postby Simon Andrews » Fri May 09, 2008 1:13 pm

Looks great Paul 8)
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Postby Oztrainz » Fri May 09, 2008 1:50 pm

Hi Paul,
Gnice Job, I like the back bogie mods.

I have a favour to ask.
Could you post the original "dressed" and "undressed" photos of Gordon to http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t=3457
Might as well keep 'em all in the one spot :D

And anyone got a pic of a Black Beetle that they can post to the same place? I have a Black Bug and a 24.5 mm wheelbase Tenshodo SPUD that I hope to photo and put up later this weekend.
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Postby Oztrainz » Sat May 10, 2008 2:22 am

Thanks Paul,
Hopefully the photos will inspire a few others to have a go at some of the larger prototypes.
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Postby DCRfan » Sun May 11, 2008 11:17 am

First coats of paint are on. A few choise words were passed when the masking tape for the black smoke box pealed of some of the blue hence the light spots. Not yet sure if the motion will be red.

First time I've used Citadel Colour paint. I'm impressed with coverage if not the stickability :lol:

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Michael, just in case the blue didn't work I did buy a bottle of Citadel Colour 'Scab Red' :roll:
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Postby Panda » Sun May 11, 2008 4:55 pm

Those games workshop Citedel paints are brillent, I use them. a tip, thats mostly just common sence though, undercoat everything with grey or red oxide car primer and then brush them on with a damp brush (ie water pot -> paint pot -> model) and youll find they stick much better!

Gordons looking good! :twisted:
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Postby DCRfan » Thu May 15, 2008 11:06 am

Slooooooooow progress :? The tender has just received the first coat of paint.

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Thu May 15, 2008 11:25 am

DCRfan wrote:Slooooooooow progress :? The tender has just received the first coat of paint.


Looking great Paul though Gnot my "Cup of Tea".
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Postby Steve Bennett » Thu May 15, 2008 11:32 am

Very nice Paul. In that colour it does automatically make me think of Synolda, thoigh a different class of loco. The question is, are you brave enough to do the lining :lol: .
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Postby Panda » Thu May 15, 2008 3:58 pm

that looks like the one in the museum at ravenglass (the "Synolda" that steve mentioned prehaps-i know it had a name starting with a s lol).

it looks really really good, but the blue appears lighter?
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Postby Steve Bennett » Thu May 15, 2008 4:04 pm

Yup, that is Synolda PJ, take a look here
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