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De Snitzlton - Part 2.


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I've been doing a little more work on 'De Snitzlton', a small 0:4:0 shunting locomotive for Fun Town's market stall's. This blog covers the scratch building of the wheels, connecting rods, gearbox modifications, axles, mechanical parts for the steam assisted uncoupler and the animated and non animated 4mm scale figures. I probably got to carried away a little with one figure that seemed like a good idea at the time, but after a period of calm / settling down, this figure was destined for the layout instead.

 

There are still issues to overcome regarding the steam assisted uncoupler gearbox that was covered in part one of De Snitzlton and these will be revisited in the next blog.

 

What is Fun Town ? : Fun Town is a  small table top module that can be used alone or form part of a larger unit, it fit's like a jigsaw piece to the Walls Traverser Cover to create a small 36" x 18" layout over the top of Snitzl Town's traverser.

 

Done so far : Overhead Tram, Jules Verne's Flying Ship, Steam operated Traverser, Market Stall Wagons and Market Stall Engine with DCC uncoupler.

 

Still to do : Steam Tram, Stall Replenish Wagon, Hot Air Balloon, Interior racking & goods for the Warehouse and anything else that may be appropriate, in other words, a bit of fun.

 

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Thanks for Looking : Snitzl.

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Top class workmanship. 

 

I can see you are having a great time resolving the design issues on this one. It is all fascinating to watch, coming together bit by bit. 

 

I'm very impressed by the figure carving.

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You keep going where no one has gone before! 

 

The engine is superb, but robot man really made me smile. I'm trying to work out what he'll be having at the Horse & Groom.  This, maybe: 

 

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30 minutes ago, Mikkel said:

You keep going where no one has gone before! 

 

The engine is superb, but robot man really made me smile. I'm trying to work out what he'll be having at the Horse & Groom.  This, maybe: 

 

 

Thanks Mikkel, I like the bottle, Im sure that robot man will appreciate a drink or two along with his nuts and bolts sandwich.. I don't have the time right now, but the robot man has been food for thought for maybe a future project.

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Extraordinary! The skill required to create these miniature engineering masterpieces is incredible and inspiring. 

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Thanks all for the kind comments, they really do help top up the enthusiasm bucket when the going gets a little tough and progess is slow ( that gearbox for instance ). Think I need a drop of Mikkels 'Old Engine Oil' to muddy the brain cells a little.

 

Snitzl

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At first viewing, I hadn't appreciated the man carved from a soid bar.  An amazing piece of workI  It would be fascinating to see the engine in motion.  I assume that the centre shaft simply rocks to and fro as if an oscillating drive.  Very impressive and I hope the enthusiasm bucket remains well-filled, so that we can see more of your amazing models :)

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5 hours ago, MikeOxon said:

At first viewing, I hadn't appreciated the man carved from a soid bar.  An amazing piece of workI  It would be fascinating to see the engine in motion.  I assume that the centre shaft simply rocks to and fro as if an oscillating drive.  Very impressive and I hope the enthusiasm bucket remains well-filled, so that we can see more of your amazing models :)

Hi Mike, You've described the motion perfectly, I will do a short video or animated gif in part 3 when this project completes.  I have a few ideas to try with the steam assisted uncoupler gearbox and a trailing wagon solution if all else fails.

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12 hours ago, MikeOxon said:

At first viewing, I hadn't appreciated the man carved from a soid bar.  An amazing piece of workI 

While all our minds are boggling, I need to add something to this.

 

Many years ago I made a wooden castle for my daughter. And (since all Britains knights are in hacking-each-other-up poses) I sculpted a 54mm prince and princess out of polymer clay, and cast them in metal.

 

I had the luxury of working the an armature, and since I was using polymer clay I could add and remove material as much as necessary, only stopping when I could no longer make improvements.

 

And I reckon my 54mm faces are about as good as snitzls 20mm faces.

 

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10 hours ago, TangoOscarMike said:

While all our minds are boggling, I need to add something to this.

 

Many years ago I made a wooden castle for my daughter. And (since all Britains knights are in hacking-each-other-up poses) I sculpted a 54mm prince and princess out of polymer clay, and cast them in metal.

 

I had the luxury of working the an armature, and since I was using polymer clay I could add and remove material as much as necessary, only stopping when I could no longer make improvements.

 

And I reckon my 54mm faces are about as good as snitzls 20mm faces.

 

Hi TangoOscarMike, For me. making figures regardless of  scale is challenging, and anyone who attempts this area of the hobby should get a free bottle of 'Old Engine Oil', as prescribed by Mikkel. 5&9models  has made quite a few really nice examples that populate his open wagons and diorama scenes.

 

London and Brighton Railway Carriages - 5&9models

 

Britains 7mm/FT figures ( I know because I worked for Britains Petite ) made there figures about 10 to 12 inches high and the toolmakers used a 3D pantograph to create the 7mm / FT mould tool cavity. For anyone interested in making small 4mm / FT figures and small batch quantities, check out this blog entry.

 

The Little People.

 

Regards Snitzl

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