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Going to have a look at a friends Bachmann N scale Warship, which he reckons would be ideal for the freight loco chassis.

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Freight loco sit atop of a Bachmann Warship chassis.

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The replacement wheels will be about 1.4 times the diameter, An added bonus, is that the Warship has 1.5mm axles.. The skirts will be removed below the bottom step. Now to work out how to get the lower bodywork off. Anyone got a Bachmann/Farish Warship instruction sheet?

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11 minutes ago, JZ said:

Freight loco sit atop of a Bachmann Warship chassis.

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The replacement wheels will be about 1.4 times the diameter, An added bonus, is that the Warship has 1.5mm axles.. The skirts will be removed below the bottom step. Now to work out how to get the lower bodywork off. Anyone got a Bachmann/Farish Warship instruction sheet?


Sorry, can’t help with the instruction sheet - my N Gauge Warship was a late 1970s Minitrains  one, long gone now!
 

What I did want to say was the photo shows how good the definition on the 3-D print is: looks really crisp from what I can see.  Hope it was worth the wait, Keith.

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21 minutes ago, Keith Addenbrooke said:


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What I did want to say was the photo shows how good the definition on the 3-D print is: looks really crisp from what I can see.  Hope it was worth the wait, Keith.

It's actually a resin casting. Cast in several parts and assembled by Hobbytec Modelisimo.

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11 minutes ago, Keith Addenbrooke said:


Thanks - I’m afraid resin is a new material to me.  Could I ask how it’s assembled (eg: is it superglue?).  Just wondered, thanks, Keith.

Difficult to tell. There are glue marks inside the body, but these are the same colour as the rest. Maybe glued together with more resin?

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The passenger loco sitting on its donor.

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Maybe a little shorter wheelbase than I would have liked, but the other choice was major surgery on an HO chassis. This is a Bemo FO Ge 4/4iii. Had to stretch the side very, very slightly to get it to fit, but a light filing inside the body should sort it. I'll bring the front valance around the side a bit more, a la Western, and remove the bottom, as per the freight loco. Next up will be finding a way to secure the bodies on, probably much easier with this one than the Warship chassis.

  

 

And my kits from Leadville designs have arrived. Only 6 weeks in the system, posted on 27 July in Ottawa. 

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1 hour ago, PaulRhB said:

If you’re feeling really brave you could cut the chassis in two and stretch it by extending one drive shaft? 

Something I've done before with a couple of Bachmann class 20 to make them fit Lima Class 73 bodies. But I think I'll keep the option to convert it back to the original. And the mods I have made to the front valance make the short wheelbase less noticeable. It's a little more reminiscent of an ALCO PA now and putting an air tank behind the trailing one will disguise it more. It's all drying at the moment, so picture after work tomorrow.

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Back on the layout front. After doing the calculations for putting a wye in at Ava City, I have decided to revert to having a turntable. The wye would have needed a space of about 4'x4', whereas the tt requires just 1'x1'. Enquiry to Kitwood Hill Models was unfortunately negative. His order book of On3 stuff is bulging at the moment and this is his bread & butter work. I was given a couple of suggestions though and a quick look on ebay found me a Heljan/ConCor 120' N gauge one, which arrived today. Already have a Gaugemaster DCC40 reverse loop mondule and a 2 rmp motor from previous project. At least with the tt I can turn all my locos, where with a wye, due to the radius, I would only have been able to turn the K-27s and C-19. I do need turning facilities here as it will be a mining town.

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With the extended valances, it looks much better.

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Sitting down slightly at the back, but still not fitted brackets to hold/support it. In two minds about replacing the bogie sideframes. The ones that came with the bodies have exactly the same wheelbase, but the Ge 4/4 ones don't look bad either. 

So, the mods made to the front are so.....

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Lower front valance cut away allows the loco to have the same roofline as the carriages. The squared of sides give it, I think, a more 'American' look. Bit more filler and rubbing down and it will be ready for primer.

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The passenger loco has been through the paint shop.

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Through the decal shop tomorrow, or maybe the day after, as I really should get back out on the layout as it's a rest day.

What I am aiming for is an approximation of this livery.

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With a few variations. There won't be the small yellow patch at the bottom of the V at the front. The Rio Grande logo will be on the lower, silver sides, to match the coaches. The Rio Grande on the front will be replaced with a 'Main Line thru the Rockies' decal. Not sure whether to add cabside numbers, or just go with the illuminated ones either side of the nose.

 

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Single-stripe on Grande Gold looks fine, and is a lot easier to get right than its four-stripe predecessor livery. No need for side numbers, as the angled number boxes are quite clear and it will generally be the lead-unit anyway. The twin sealed-beam headlights are a bit late-period, perhaps - but hey!

 

Your pic of 5771 probably shows the most-photographed F-unit of all time.  

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Freight loco now through the shops.

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Copious amounts of Micreset and Microsol used to get the stripes to lay flat and judging by these cruel enlargements, more is still needed.

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4 hours ago, Oldddudders said:

S The twin sealed-beam headlights are a bit late-period, perhaps - but hey!

 

 

 

Narrow Gauge leads the way.:D

 

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4 hours ago, Oldddudders said:

Your pic of 5771 probably shows the most-photographed F-unit of all time.  

I was thinking of paying homage by numbering mine 571.

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12 minutes ago, JZ said:

Freight loco now through the shops.

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Copious amounts of Micreset and Microsol used to get the stripes to lay flat and judging by these cruel enlargements, more is still needed.


Like the livery - and I wouldn’t fancy my chances with wasp stripes!

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Going back to this.

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I was thinking of making the gold band deeper, but I didn't want the crowd the Rio Grande logo, as this was the smallest I had. Maybe I could have added another 1½mm to the depth of the body, but I feel it would have looked out of proportion.

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1 minute ago, Keith Addenbrooke said:


Like the livery - and I wouldn’t fancy my chances with wasp stripes!

I got it on this sheet.

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Microscale 87-1128. The wasp striping is available separately as 87-1129.

Had to apply it in several sections, upper body, buffer beam and sides( buffer beam normally solid Aspen Gold, but this is narrow gauge, so I wanted to be different)

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Still pottering away with buildings, but must get out on the layout later. Forced to take it easy for a couple of days after the surgery to the toe, but now have a smaller dressing on it and can wear shoes and, more importantly, I was able to shower this morning:lol:

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My enforced layup has enabled me to get this kit made. Classic Miniatures, Montezuma Post Office and General Store. The original was burnt down in a fire in 1958, which also destroyed many other historic buildings in the town. The town of Montezuma lies near the continental divide, about 50 miles west of Denver, at an altitude of 10200ft. As soon as I saw this kit on ebay, I knew I wanted it and fortunately, didn't have to pay over the odds for it. As with other Classic Miniatures kits, you get a box of materials and drawings/instructions. All dimensions are 1/1, as the kit is/was available in HO, S & O. Rather than translate everything to mm, I invested in a HO scale rule. Windows and doors are injection moulded plastic, Grandt Line I think. So, all in all, a bit more challenging than something from Bar Mills, Banta or FosScale, but even more satisfying to get right. Only thig to add to the kit itself is steps to the porch and side doors, which are drying at the moment. I'll search through the odds box for some merchandise to sit by the entrance.

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