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Great work!

 

We hope to get out to see 4014 next year on a trip to daughter no 3 and her family. Now that we regularly vist the USA I have spent some time researching US loco practice. Rather in advance of our attractive but rather backward looking designs!

 

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Richard B

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Hi Folks,

 

I chopped one the Big Boy kits about to form a Challenger which I think are a much better proportioned locomotive, less rangy.

 

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Do note that the crazy BR Non-Standard is 4mm and the other two are 3.5mm scale !

 

Gibbo.

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@Gibbo Hi, I just wonder if your tender for the Challenger is correct? On my Rivarossi version, the tender is mounted on twin 3-axle bogies (Rule 1 always applies ;)). Here's a piccy:

 

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By the way, love your non-standard BR locos. Been following the other thread to see the ideas. Brilliant!

 

Cheers,

 

Philip

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5 minutes ago, Philou said:

@Gibbo Hi, I just wonder if your tender for the Challenger is correct? On my Rivarossi version, the tender is mounted on twin 3-axle bogies (Rule 1 always applies ;)). Here's a piccy:

 

UP used the centipede tenders with Challengers, in fact 4014 is currently running with 3985’s tender ;) 

 

 

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Well! There you go, I've learnt something else today. The film was quite interesting given the amount of freight that was being hauled .... and at speed, too!

 

Cheers,

 

Philip

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9 minutes ago, Philou said:

The film was quite interesting given the amount of freight that was being hauled .... and at speed, too!

 

They were putting diesel freights ‘in the hole’ for it to overtake! Steve Lee very much considered it a normal loco albeit this was a special run it was a working train. I’m hoping they do the same with 4014 :) 

3985 rescued a diesel hauled train at least once. 

 

 

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On 25/06/2020 at 00:21, Gibbo675 said:

Hi Folks,

 

I chopped one the Big Boy kits about to form a Challenger which I think are a much better proportioned locomotive, less rangy.

 

 

A gratuitous reason to post the following:

 

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This is the other surviving Challenger, and the only one on permanent public display, in North Platte, Nebraska. I didn't even know about its existence and only stumbled across her by chance as we stayed overnight in the town last year en route to Cheyenne.

(Also head to this place for the 'Golden Spike' tower, giving an panoramic view of Bailey Yard, the world's largest rail freight yard, at eight miles long).

 

Personally I prefer the 'Big Boy' in terms of overall proportion and looks - there's something about the connecting rod and eccentrics acting on the rear coupled wheelset that 'grates' a little for me with six-coupled locos so-adorned like this; gives a bit of an unbalanced look to the thing. But loco aesthetics always will be a subjective thing!

 

Great work on the conversion to create your 'Challenger'. Maybe I'll try that myself some day and recreate the above?

 

 

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1 hour ago, LNER4479 said:

A gratuitous reason to post the following:

 

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Great work on the conversion to create your 'Challenger'. Maybe I'll try that myself some day and recreate the above?

 

 

Hi There,

 

Thanks for that !

 

The conversion is not quite accurate but close enough for a good representation, should you wish I could send on sketches to shew where the cuts and shuts are.

 

Gibbo.

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Electronics over and done with for the moment, on with tracklaying which will involve point building which fills me with dread. If it is anything like my electronic know how, I'll have to build about 3 points to get one successful one.

 

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22 hours ago, Claude_Dreyfus said:

Progress so far on my lockdown project (now with its own thread on here). All of the main structures are in place, so now for the many little detailing bits to add.

 

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Not having seen your Thread, and as there's no trains on view here as clues, I tried to "guess the location", especially as it didn't look British, & the platform & Catenary masts meant it was unlikely to be American, but didn't look very European either... :scratchhead:

Must admit I'd never have guessed Japan without looking at your Thread (or seeing any trains) but what a nice set-up, and a different take on JNR; just as U.S. trains aren't all mile-long freights with 5 locos on the point, Japanese railways aren't all Bullet trains!! :no: :good:

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Indeed. The line the layout is based on was noted for its shorter trains. Up until the early 80s it was home to a wide range of old (some pre-war) multiple units. Even the freights were usually no more than five or six wagons, with small locos such as the ED62.

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   The conversion of a Dapol class 68 bodyshell to a class 88 continues. Tin of DRS blue arrived so made a start on what is going to be the trickiest part of the project which is the livery. As far as I’m aware there are no transfers or nameplates for a class 88 , so this will be a longer part as I source & mashup what is available for other loco types. So far so good with what has turned out to be a enjoyable return to old school railway modelling. 

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Class 88 project continues.  Added a few transfers , had enough black numbers to put 88002 on the fronts & she’s officially on the roster. Put the shell on a class 68 chassis for her first run out on the layout. Hopefully should be able to get hold of another 68 to then give it is own proper chassis. First impressions are that it gives a convincing look.

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Progress on my 1/8th scale radio control Mustang:

 

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Although I built the fuselage and the wing halves, all the hard stuff of mating them together has been done by a mate during Lockdown. He's also added a steerable tail wheel, worked off the rudder. Although it should be further forward on a Mustang, it's a compromise between realism and functionality as our local club requires steerable tail wheels.

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Looking at aeroplanes - I started building the Fieseler Storch but after some hickup I decided to finish my Tucano first. I started the Tucano in 2013, it was unfinished in my workshop for a long time as I was concentrating on Donnersbachkogel. But during lockdown I thought it needs to be finished. The Tucano is a plan build, but I purchased a decal set. It was the trainer for RAF jet pilots for many years (even it is not a jet plane - well sort of - turboprop).

Pretty British. Shorts Tucano (In licence from Brazilian Embraer) in 2012 jubilee livery.

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some cab detail

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and from below...

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Now also the landing gear is finished, I am just waiting for a calm day. 

 

And here the Storch: next one on my aeroplane list. Scale 1:10

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