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Towards some Coaches

MikeOxon

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I came across JCL's splendid thread about Silhouette cutters (http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/79025-a-guide-to-using-the-silhouette-cameo-cutter/) at an appropriate interval for dropping heavy hints before Christmas, so now have a 'Silhouette Portrait' machine and loads of ideas for coaches and buildings :)

 

Having discovered all about Cleminson chassis in an earlier post on this blog, I want to build some six-wheel coaches, especially since they seem to be rarely modelled, probably because of the difficulties of getting them round curves! The first step is to decide on suitable prototype(s) and I have put out a call for help about earlier diagrams, in the GWR forum.

 

As an example, this is an early standard gauge coach, converted from broad gauge. At least, I think that is the story - Russell's 'GWR Coaches part 1' states (p.22) that these were built in 1882 for the broad gauge but that the photo was taken much later in standard gauge days. In which case, it seems odd to me that the oil lamps are still on the sides of the clerestory. I coloured the old photo using the same techniques I used for the Garter Crest, as described in my Lining & Lettering entries.

 

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I hope to share some of my experiences with the 'Silhouette' in my next post..

 

Mike

 

edited to add more info about the illustrated coach

 

I have now found Richard Spratt's splendid website at http://www.penrhos.m...chesIntro.shtml His site contains a mine of information about GWR short coaches and has answered all my queries so far. I now know that the coach illustrated above is to diagram U29, of which 12 were built in 1886.

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It seemed OK to me but it was a 'shared' media, also used in a forum. 

 

I've uploaded another version, just for this entry, so hope it works now :)

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Although the GWR built coaches with gas lights from the mid 1880s gas lighting was only fitted to these coaches between 1894 & 1898.

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Although the GWR built coaches with gas lights from the mid 1880s gas lighting was only fitted to these coaches between 1894 & 1898.

Thank you for the info.  What surprised me was that the oil lamp pots are to the sides of the clerestory.  I expected them to make use of the extra headroom in the centre, especially after the coach had been 'narrowed'

 

Mike

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Will be very interested to see how you get on with the Silhouette although I expect my wife would want to borrow it!

 

Brian

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Will be very interested to see how you get on with the Silhouette although I expect my wife would want to borrow it!

 

Brian

Fortunately, my wife's hobby is gardening, so I think I'm safe :)

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Hi Mike, I am also looking forward to seeing how you are getting on with the Silhouette for GWR coaches. Regarding Russell's coach book: Are you aware that there are numerous errors in this, including as far as I remember in the captions for the 6-wheelers? I have a list of some of the errors in these books that I can send if you like?

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Thank you Mikkel.  I'm still researching old coach diagrams and learning how to work with the cutter.  I shall probably make my original drawings in Autosketch and then transfer these to the Silhouette Studio software, so that I will have my drawings in an 'industry -standard' format.

 

Mike

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