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  1. Today I worked a little bit more on the running plate for Thomas. I first began working on making the holes for the wheels (since I'm now doing a Railway Series style Thomas, I'm thinking of going back to the larger wheels), but what I had glued together pretty much broke apart in my hand, which was frustrating. I decided that maybe 3d modeling (and exporting to ShapeWays) might be easier, but after watching tutorial videos, it seemed like it would be even more trouble, so I eventually decided to persevere. I then watched a video about boiling plasticard to make it easier to form into curves, and I began my first experiment with it, which seems to have been successful (I'll find out when I actually am able to glue it to the running plate). I also decided to try again with cutting holes for the wheels, and it's going much better this time, even if it's a little rough at the moment (like usual). I also was able to take apart my broken James, and I'm thinking of using his splashers for Thomas, since if I were to make James, I would start completely from scratch. I am also eyeing James' chimney for a potential way to make a more accurate version (to Payne's illustrations) of Thomas' chimney, however I am also thinking of somehow doing a 3d model of it (and the dome) so that I can get a brass (or at least, fine detailed plastic) one from ShapeWays. However, I feel like the video tutorial that ShapeWays did for 3d modelling was kind of useless for this application, since the demo was about making (2d-like designs) jewelry. Does anyone know how something that's really 3d could be done? If not, that's alright, because I can still try to do the first option. Here are the pictures:
  2. Having thought long and hard about it, I have realized that working inside valve gear would probably be over the top, considering it likely wouldn't be seen from underneath, and on top, the splashers, tanks, and smokebox would be in the way. That said, does anyone know (or have pictures) of what representations of inside motion look like on kit-built and RTR locomotive's?
  3. Well, that depends on how careful you are with them in handling. Yes, bits can always be broken off, but they can also not be broken off. I find that it's a good thing to "learn the model" so to speak, so that you don't break it so easily. Owning some detailed American locomotives with boxes that don't make sense for them, I do just that. In terms of motors and running, maybe a good rule of thumb would be to always anticipate (and prepare for) a potential failure? The Reverend Awdry has written about that sort of thing, and that was around 60 years ago. Surely we could do the same?
  4. I got the curve in the running plate to match on both sides, which was the most important thing (to me), before getting it put together. I also made a start on the cab windows, which are based on Reginald Payne's illustrations. I glued the sides together temporarily to drill the holes for the window. It's rough at the moment, but it will be worked on more. And here's a picture showing what it looks like now (kind of).
  5. I was able to get some files, and a new snap-blade knife, which cuts a lot better than my old one (an X-acto knife). Because of that, I was able to start making a new running plate for Thomas (based on the one Dalby gave him in the books) because it seemed more realistic than the TV-style one. A real locomotive actually had the same type of running plate. I think it was Arthur Keen, which I think worked in a steelworks (there's a picture in the RTR bridging thread). I still have a lot of work to do on the running plate, but I am pretty happy with how it's turning out.
  6. But you didn't save yourself from counting...
  7. Had to do a second post for these: Oh, by the way, the cab sides will be filed to shape.
  8. After the whole "is it scaling properly" breakdown, I took a few weeks to think about what I'd really want from a "fine-scale Thomas" model. I was torn between trying to make the "most-accurate" Classic-style Thomas, and doing a hyper-realistic version to try to show some rivet counters that an engine with a face can be done realistically, but I wasn't really thinking about doing the thing that I wanted. Ironically, I guess, what I want to do kind of falls between the two options, leaning towards realism. I also want to push my boundaries to see what I can do (hence the talk of inside valve gear). Upon realizing that the Computer-Generated model of Thomas actually has the wheel size that matches the ones I'm using for Thomas, I decided that doing a model that takes my favorite elements from the RWS drawing, Classic TV model, CGI model, and real E2 would be more along the lines of what I want. Hence what is happening now (and it's actually happening). Today, what I did was cut the rear of the footplate off, so that I can graft in a smaller rear bufferbeam (and accommodate a cab floor) which is similar to how Thomas looks in both the RWS and the CGI series. I also cut out the cab sides, which takes inspiration from both the Classic Series and RWS. I'm also trying to cut out the false splashers from the running plate, so that I can make a new inner part to the running plate that can allow for inside motion to work and support the underside of the boiler (which will hold the motor). I also cut off the remainder of the filled-in cab from the Bachmann model. I also did a little bit to start a new project I might do on and off for a little while, since I kind of messed up the LMS CCT van kit while I was cleaning up the flashing on the sides. I cut down the van sides to be shorter, and with a little work, will be made into a "Pre-Grouping style" parcels van, which will be from an early Sodor railway (not decided on which one yet). The underframe of the van kit is a good length for me to do a Works-Unit coach, as seen in the first series, but will take the orange livery from the RWS/CGI series. I've always really liked that coach (weird, right?) because one of my first DVDs had Thomas and the Breakdown Train on it. Here are some pictures:
  9. I have actually been somewhat open to converting to EM if necessary, and that would actually solve the bearing issue, because I could choose a different size axle. The only thing I was worried about was inability to do exhibitions, being in the United States. I don't think people do EM Gauge here. Although I shouldn't worry about that, since I that will all probably be a few years away.
  10. Obligatory (potentially) stupid and non-stupid question time. Has anyone done working inside motion on 4mm scale models before? I am thinking about doing that as part of this project, the only problem is that I can't find bearings to suit 3mm axles. There are some for slot cars, but they are really thick (they look to be around 4mm thick, which would take up most of the axle space). They also seem to be quite expensive compared to other bearings from the likes of Wizard Models (they sell bearings for a different axle diameter for around £2.50 for a pack of ten, compared to the slot car ones which are asking £4 for a pack of two). I've measured the axles themselves, and the part where bearings and the inside motion could go is around 13mm long. I've figured that I'll need around 5-6mm for the inside motion itself, depending on the thickness of brass used (for the sides of the cranked part that look like this: Гl ). I hope that makes sense, I don't know the actual terminology of that part. Thanks to anyone who can help with this! Also, to prove that I have a plan and I intend to execute it this time, here's a picture showing the intended cab and bunker design. I even got some mini drill bits and a pin vice so that I can do the slots between the coal rails on the sides. I will begin making the cab as soon as I can (hopefully tonight).
  11. I agree, that looks absolutely amazing!
  12. Well, I did find references for the wagons, and they are definitely to 10mm scale. I think I'll consider Stepney a special case. He seems to be the only inconsistency within the show's "scaling." EDIT: So I guess my only question now is, is the old Mainline tooling brakevan compromised and not to scale? In pictures, it appears a bit vertically challenged compared to even the Hornby Railroad model. Here are a couple of pictures of my brakevan, to show which model I'm talking about.
  13. I think the van is OO. Most of the wagons in the range are made from the old Mainline toolings.
  14. Can I get a few opinions on this (or at least a second one)? As you may know, a lot of the bigger changes I decided to make to Thomas were due to the wheels needing to be smaller: around 16mm (4') to be exact. However, I know that Terriers are supposed to have wheels of 4' in diameter as well. This is where I'm confused. (Pictures of everything will be at the bottom). Stepney, in the show, has wheels that don't appear to quite match the 10mm scale that I thought the models were scaled to. What makes it worse, is that, when you look at James and Edward's leading wheels (their driving wheels are the same as Thomas), they are very near 10mm scale 3 feet and are just slightly smaller than the wheels on the various wagons in the series (in real life, I believe someone said they have wheels of around 3' 1"). Another strange thing is that Thomas in the show, is the same height as GWR rolling stock (the cattle wagon and the van with two vents on each side (12 ton?), but the Bachmann model I have of that van, even after the modifications (with the smaller wheels) would still be a couple of mm taller than the van. Another thing about James and Edward is that their tenders (the ends after the dip in each side) are supposed to line up with the top of the 7 plank wagons, but because the Bachmann model's were made with the same erroneously large wheels that Thomas got in Series 6 (a modification only he got, which means that he should technically have larger wheels than James and Edward), they were scaled up accordingly with the wheels and their Bachmann models have tenders that are a couple of mm too tall (alongside the two of them being too large altogether). To summarize (I guess) if they had larger wheels than Stepney, like the references suggest, they would just be too big for all of the rolling stock. Basically, it seems like everything except Stepney is scaled to 10mm scale. I really hope all of this makes sense. I might be over thinking this, but I'm confused. Thanks to anyone who can help make sense of this, or who tells me not to worry so much about it. (Credit goes to the Thomas the Tank Engine Wikipedia for the images).
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