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On 06/10/2021 at 15:32, 33C said:

How about this Ebay purchase! Solid wood carved to an approximation of a class 71. I've tidied it up a bit, (window frames,paint, yellow front and got it running.) but it sits a little high and needs a battery box. I love it! :D20211005_151105.jpg.880e56d52a58336406c1338888eaefda.jpg20211005_151150.jpg.4bd438bd3ecbb2e7b2d878d077a6d45c.jpg

That's interesting. Don't see many wooden body shells.

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18 minutes ago, RedGemAlchemist said:

That's interesting. Don't see many wooden body shells.

You don't, more's the pity. I have a rake of wooden coaches made by a guy who worked in a carriage works. He built them from offcuts and leftover's to approximately 00 scale. Given to me by the son when they cleared his house. They were destined for the bonfire! (It was late October) They were on crude fixed bogies but I cleaned, restored and put them on Hornby bogies. I will try and find the box they are in and post pics. 

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20 hours ago, 33C said:

You don't, more's the pity. I have a rake of wooden coaches made by a guy who worked in a carriage works. He built them from offcuts and leftover's to approximately 00 scale. Given to me by the son when they cleared his house. They were destined for the bonfire! (It was late October) They were on crude fixed bogies but I cleaned, restored and put them on Hornby bogies. I will try and find the box they are in and post pics. 

Found them and here they are! And a group shot of all four. They run very smooth on the Hornby, Gresley, bogies. :good: 20211021_131304.jpg.0079b944c5a74fa5d8c6a9d3e693872a.jpg20211021_131243.jpg.2fd02bbdf5f18f1fd8f7690980283c48.jpg20211021_131409.jpg.5e04782c5ab3dbb4a05154acdee18c29.jpg20211021_131350.jpg.070e160d473e75db5cc6c215e484eb16.jpg

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What lovely coaches.  The thought that someone was going to throw them on a bonfire is just plain awful.  I know these ones are hand made, but during the pre-war period wooden coach kits were made by various companies; - I think CCW was one company that I remember from advertisements in old magazines.  I own a 1920s era wooden kitset built 'O' gauge LSWR brake 3rd coach and it's very much a treasured part of my small collection.

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Agreed, CCW was my first thought but they were very rough and ready when I received them and did need a light sanding and re-varnishing. The interiors I have left alone for their charm. The original bogies were of lead cut to shape with buttons for wheels, fixed solid for display. Too badly damaged/missing to recover really but I re-used the lead! :D

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Wooden coach kits* were still made into the early 1960s, though on many the outer layer of the sides would be made in one piece so the grain would always be longitudinal. I would guess these examples could be CCW who made the outer side in three parts, with the grain vertical on the middle sections. It certaily looks lovely all varished up like that.

 

* CCW, Ratio, Kings Cross to name three manufacturers I can think of offhand.

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25 minutes ago, 33C said:

The interiors I have left alone for their charm.

Yes they are absolutely perfect.  Trying to go all finescale on the interiors would have looked very wrong.

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Appears to be made from old paint tins and the driving wheels are possibly early 0 gauge, mazak, wagon wheels with plain wire rod crank pins. I assume the rods were old rail which i will try and replicate. The C/W mechanism is unknown but runs well! :D

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On 21/10/2021 at 22:16, 33C said:

This clockwork, tin, 00 gauge loco came with the coaches. Only got it freed off so far and yet to add rods. :locomotive:

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This is such a precious gem. Very much in the same genre as Edward Beal and PD Hancock. This really is pioneering stuff and true railway modelling. Such a far cry from today when we have it so easy- everything here made from whatever was to hand - and the real thing was probably trundling around in that very livery. All the model's history is in the top half-millimetre of its surface. Just some simple rods, the gentlest of cleaning and pride of place where she can be seen and kept safe! An absolute little beauty!

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3 hours ago, Johnson044 said:

This is such a precious gem. Very much in the same genre as Edward Beal and PD Hancock. This really is pioneering stuff and true railway modelling. Such a far cry from today when we have it so easy- everything here made from whatever was to hand - and the real thing was probably trundling around in that very livery. All the model's history is in the top half-millimetre of its surface. Just some simple rods, the gentlest of cleaning and pride of place where she can be seen and kept safe! An absolute little beauty!

I wish these old models could tell their stories! 

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On 21/10/2021 at 17:20, Annie said:

What lovely coaches.  The thought that someone was going to throw them on a bonfire is just plain awful.  I know these ones are hand made, but during the pre-war period wooden coach kits were made by various companies; - I think CCW was one company that I remember from advertisements in old magazines.  I own a 1920s era wooden kitset built 'O' gauge LSWR brake 3rd coach and it's very much a treasured part of my small collection.

I once encountered a bunch of wooden coaches on a second-hand stall - carved from a single block with fittings screwed in and coach sides stuck on. Not really my thing, but I admire the dedication.

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1 hour ago, HonestTom said:

I once encountered a bunch of wooden coaches on a second-hand stall - carved from a single block with fittings screwed in and coach sides stuck on. Not really my thing, but I admire the dedication.

That's what I like. You can feel the history in your hand and wonder about their story. Should be in a museum really! (I made something similar in my "cheapo EMU's" thread using Merco Litho's, which is probably what the coach sides were.)  :D

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On 21/10/2021 at 16:45, 33C said:

Found them and here they are! And a group shot of all four. They run very smooth on the Hornby, Gresley, bogies. :good: 20211021_131304.jpg.0079b944c5a74fa5d8c6a9d3e693872a.jpg20211021_131243.jpg.2fd02bbdf5f18f1fd8f7690980283c48.jpg20211021_131409.jpg.5e04782c5ab3dbb4a05154acdee18c29.jpg20211021_131350.jpg.070e160d473e75db5cc6c215e484eb16.jpg

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Those are incredible! And they look great with that W1! 

 

On 21/10/2021 at 22:16, 33C said:

This clockwork, tin, 00 gauge loco came with the coaches. Only got it freed off so far and yet to add rods. :locomotive:

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That is utterly adorable. Like a tinplate approximation of a Crystal Palace tank, I love it. 

 

On 22/10/2021 at 01:06, 33C said:

Getting back to the point of this thread, what do you make of this? Tri-ang, "Nellie" chassis, Vertical motor of unknown provenance and old radio parts. Cheap Ebay find about 3 years ago. :good:20201231_191415.jpg.2065fe703e10843b3d0079a67b549cd0.jpg

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And that's just kind of odd. What the heck is the huge disc? 

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41 minutes ago, RedGemAlchemist said:

Those are incredible! And they look great with that W1! 

 

That is utterly adorable. Like a tinplate approximation of a Crystal Palace tank, I love it. 

 

And that's just kind of odd. What the heck is the huge disc? 

It's bakelite with a foggy light button in the middle, the cab has a radio dial pattern inside and the bonnet could have been a large capacitor. Somebody had only a broken radio for parts and great imagination!! :good:

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On 26/10/2021 at 16:49, 33C said:

It's bakelite with a foggy light button in the middle, the cab has a radio dial pattern inside and the bonnet could have been a large capacitor. Somebody had only a broken radio for parts and great imagination!! :good:

I credit them for their ingenuity then! 

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There’s been a lack of wagon subjects on the thread lately, so I give you these https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Two-OO-Gauge-Kit-Built-Bloodhound-Missile-Wagons-for-Repair-G67-/265387861858?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l6249&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0

 

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On 04/11/2021 at 15:35, doctor quinn said:

Good lord. 

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On 07/11/2021 at 20:14, DK123GWR said:

A bit rough around the edges, but very charming:

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Mmm. Henry.

There's a few RWS modellers I know that might be interested in this.

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Have a weird GWR 101 (I think) knockoff with a terrifying repainted Duck face.

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Next up is this rather badly painted half-completed attempt at a TVS Duncan. Like the colour, hate the finish.

 

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I really do find some weird crap for this thread.

A Bachmann Santa Fe diesel with Snoopy painted on the side (that said, the Snoopy is painted really well.) It's one of those things where I sit there and think "Well, it's interesting, but why does this exist?" If I could talk to the person who made this to see what gave them the idea for this, I really would love to.

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On to something a bit more practical for most of the people on this thread. Here's a OO scale engineer's crane, made out of a cheap toy digger and some odds and ends. I'm actually a real fan of this, as this is very much the sort of thing I can genuinely see existing on a small railway somewhere as a track maintenance tool or something like that. 

 

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Onto buildings now, and I found this lovely little scratchbuilt post office which... honestly puts me in mind of the local one to where I used to live in Great Ellingham. It is a gorgeous little structure.

 

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Then there's this gorgeous scratchbuilt pithead, which looks very nice despite the shaky low-qual photography. I can also think of a few people that could have some use for this.

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