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Hi James,

 

More highly inspirational modelling James plus nice to look back with that update on your fave models. Thanks for sharing how you got 60081 looking like that. I got the model when it came out and apart from fitting the names it’s sat in its box too. I only saw pictures of it on MGR’s down south but then came across a few shots of it in that nice dirty condition on the Dalston tanks in Cumbria so it’s certainly one to keep now.

 

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Mark

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On 10/08/2019 at 19:36, James Makin said:

 

Hi!

 

Thanks very much! I believe somewhere that I've written about the Ford Focus model in the depths of a very old RMWeb (pre-dating this version!) and Model Rail June 2008 issue, but for the sake of completeness I thought I'd share a few snaps here instead of just a URL!

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_08/2035496191_ModelRailFordFocus2.JPG.d6f89413083fb6d9f5c5720c68677f7f.JPG

 

As always, it started out with my first love, haha, a 2005 Ford Focus Zetec Climate - known in Ford circles as the Mk2 pre-facelift Focus. 

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_08/1185906108_0-0focuscopy.JPG.da8fa91b58f4f83bfe0915fa7f6a4f9f.JPG

 

Given that I was into modelling and had loads of models of friends and family member's cars on layouts that I had built before, I had to have a model of the Mk2 for my layout, however nobody produced one that was in a scale suitable for model railways, so having been inspired by Clive Mortimore's techniques on scratchbuilding early diesel locos from plastic sheet, I decided to dive in and have a go!

 

All my cars on the layout were 1:87 scale, so for consistency, I built the Focus to match with this, rather than 1:76.

 

The first part was to cut out plastic sheet to a 2D car shape, and laminate up many layers until a vague box shape appeared, afterwhich numerous amounts of filing and sanding took place. I measured up the real car to get all of the key dimensions and divided them by 87 to get the correct proportions, and the rest was a bit of guesswork!

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_08/761239190_WorkInProgressFocus4.JPG.253d6aa4061f0772f524cbd2547a175d.JPG

 

This part took literally weeks of work on and off, filing, sanding, building up again with Humbrol model filler, and repeat, until eventually, like an Egyptian Sphinx carving, some Focus-shaped nugget appeared from the mound of plastic!

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_08/1322307807_WorkInProgressFocus7.JPG.1b68db2862ac338884976c8f25a57b9b.JPG

 

The close up photos look quite crude as well, to be fair, one could spend months on getting this bang on, and I am in awe of the real guys at the car companies who'd make up the old 1:1 clay models of the real cars!

 

Having finally settled on the shape, I then painted it in a version of Ford Aquarius Blue (I've always been one to go for a bright Ford!) and added hand-cut glazing fit to each window, I also kitbashed the interior from a donor HO vehicle, and added wheels that I'd modified to look like the 16" Zetec petal wheels that the prototype had.

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_08/2111444700_ModelRailFordFocus3.JPG.403f7a9b7498413bb11255f86985aed7.JPG

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_08/1154412725_ModelRailFordFocus4.JPG.a8367fb89ecb55082f04ecc4edb4996a.JPG

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_08/739840989_ModelRailFordFocus5.JPG.b6e0b60fbea602063dafe08a25854d17.JPG

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_08/1956760325_ModelRailFordFocus6.JPG.af6f834ca92573e2b944b33d55cf5861.JPG

 

It was great fun to create and my first proper scratchbuild that wasn't some building or landscape element, and I was chuffed to recreate my first car finally...my only regret is that in the keen-ness to get it finished was that I didn't do any kind of resin casting at all. It was only 2007 and to be another couple of years before I mastered that skill, but I still look back and kick myself for that!!

 

I do love my Fords but sold off the Mk2 Zetec a while later in place of the orange Mk2 Focus ST that may have cropped up on here, before going to the dark side and buying my current 'fleet' of Mk2 Focus RS and Mk3 Focus RS'...bit of a guilty pleasure! I had plans to build models of each of these respectively but alas Loftus Road and other activities have borrowed me away for a while, I do still hope to have a model trainload of Focus' running around on the Bachmann IPA wagons one day, now whether I go for the Mk2 or Mk3 remains to be seen!

 

In the meantime, Minichamps have released a 1:87 version of the Mk2 Focus RS, whilst Welly Models did an (overscale) Focus ST, but despite nagging Oxford Diecast at each show I go to, we have yet to see a proper 1:76 Mk2 Ford Focus - perhaps when one day occurs and these become "classics" we may finally see one, who knows!!

 

Cheers,

James

 

I love your work! The Focus looks great. 

 

If you can master resin moulding the Focus shape, I have 15 x IPA pairs to load with them and would happily contribute! 

 

I was thinking of getting the basic shape 3D printed and using that to resin mould from.

 

Never tried it before but I'm sure it's doable..

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On 14/08/2019 at 08:31, Duple said:

I love your work! The Focus looks great. 

 

If you can master resin moulding the Focus shape, I have 15 x IPA pairs to load with them and would happily contribute! 

 

I was thinking of getting the basic shape 3D printed and using that to resin mould from.

 

Never tried it before but I'm sure it's doable..

 

Hi Richard,

 

Thanks, I agree it would be great to get the Focus going in multiples! 15 pairs of IPAs is a very good number! I've got 13 pairs and I thought that was excessive haha!!

 

I've been down a few dead end roads with this project so far, I started scratch building a 1:76 Focus ST a number of years back but put it to one side when other things came along. I have a collection of the 1:43 Minichamps models of the Mk2 Focus, Focus ST and Focus RS and had a magical thought of scanning these in and shrinking down to 1:76 scale. 

 

I approached both ModelU and Phoenix Precision and both told me it's not something it's possible to do, but a friend with access to University scanners/printers offered to give it a go but in the end just didn't get a chance to do it. I'd then thought of going outside of the hobby, online there are a few specialist firms who appear to offer services to scan and 3D print objects & models, so this would be my next point of call. I'd just been looking to get a few 3D prints done to rework myself & resin cast in bulk for personal use only (due to the copyright issue on the scanned models)...but I hadn't got much further than that! 

 

It'd be good to pick this up again sometime soon, I'm a bit stuck into loco modelling this year so far but it's definitely on the longer term 'to do' list!

 

Cheers,

James

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14 minutes ago, James Makin said:

 

Hi Richard,

 

Thanks, I agree it would be great to get the Focus going in multiples! 15 pairs of IPAs is a very good number! I've got 13 pairs and I thought that was excessive haha!!

 

I've been down a few dead end roads with this project so far, I started scratch building a 1:76 Focus ST a number of years back but put it to one side when other things came along. I have a collection of the 1:43 Minichamps models of the Mk2 Focus, Focus ST and Focus RS and had a magical thought of scanning these in and shrinking down to 1:76 scale. 

 

I approached both ModelU and Phoenix Precision and both told me it's not something it's possible to do, but a friend with access to University scanners/printers offered to give it a go but in the end just didn't get a chance to do it. I'd then thought of going outside of the hobby, online there are a few specialist firms who appear to offer services to scan and 3D print objects & models, so this would be my next point of call. I'd just been looking to get a few 3D prints done to rework myself & resin cast in bulk for personal use only (due to the copyright issue on the scanned models)...but I hadn't got much further than that! 

 

It'd be good to pick this up again sometime soon, I'm a bit stuck into loco modelling this year so far but it's definitely on the longer term 'to do' list!

 

Cheers,

James

Sounds good!

 

I am a Ford fan myself (currently have a Kuga) and the interest in the real car trains sparked me into wanting a collection of miniature cartics. 

 

I have also amassed a quantity of the similar Electrotren equivalent, both double and single decks but the prices they are fetching now is eye watering. They are quite a basic model however compared to Bachmann's. I'm certainly looking forward to RevolutioNs !

 

Interestingly, Electrotren supplied with their last run small resin cars, they are "wrapped" though and fairly generic in shape, they are quite weighty too! - Ford seemingly only go to the expense of foam blocks on doors. So I think to look true to life the model would have to look at least the right shape and of course a variety of Ford colours to match.

 

I wonder how much small injection moulding machines cost, if they can pump phone cases for next to nothing you could theoretically use the same material and just mask windows out.. wouldn't weigh much either.

 

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I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s enjoyed seeing all these recent shots, really liked the 57/0! Makes me regret selling my one, in hindsight I should have kept hold of it.

 

I was talking to Paul at Chester Models only the other week about wanting to get a model of the Ford Fiesta Mk7, but the likes of Oxford don’t seem to be bothered. One of the best selling cars in the UK sand still no model! If one is released in red then I’ll be buying a few for sure.

 

keep up the good work! 

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26 minutes ago, Swifty11 said:

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s enjoyed seeing all these recent shots, really liked the 57/0! Makes me regret selling my one, in hindsight I should have kept hold of it.

 

I was talking to Paul at Chester Models only the other week about wanting to get a model of the Ford Fiesta Mk7, but the likes of Oxford don’t seem to be bothered. One of the best selling cars in the UK sand still no model! If one is released in red then I’ll be buying a few for sure.

 

keep up the good work! 

It may be to do with licensing, and the costs involved in getting the license to reproduce the vehicles in model form.  

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11 hours ago, JiLo said:

It may be to do with licensing, and the costs involved in getting the license to reproduce the vehicles in model form.  

 

Definitely, I think it’s a mix of factors, licensing costs and potential sales figures, and some witchcraft added in!

 

The guys at Oxford told me that they had no interest in producing a Focus at that time because it was ‘too ordinary’, and they tend to produce more standout cars and novelty items e.g. fancy branded vans and Aston’s etc. But then on the other side you see them pumping out regular Qashqais every month and it does feel a little one-sided!

 

There’s also bias in the German HO 1:87 market too, the likes of Herpa, Busch and Wiking patriotically pushing out every new BMW, Mercedes or VAG car but a Ford? Wash your mouth out! :lol: 

 

Fortunately there’s a few Reitze HO cars still out there secondhand, the Escort Mk5, KA Mk1, Transits of the 80s/90s, Mondeo’s Mk1-Mk3 and Focus Mk1, so there are some good things if you’re prepared to go for the smaller scale as I’ve done on my older layouts, only trouble is they do look too small if you’re loading up a wagon with them!!

 

Cheers,

James

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On 18/08/2019 at 12:13, James Makin said:

 

Definitely, I think it’s a mix of factors, licensing costs and potential sales figures, and some witchcraft added in!

 

The guys at Oxford told me that they had no interest in producing a Focus at that time because it was ‘too ordinary’, and they tend to produce more standout cars and novelty items e.g. fancy branded vans and Aston’s etc. But then on the other side you see them pumping out regular Qashqais every month and it does feel a little one-sided!

 

There’s also bias in the German HO 1:87 market too, the likes of Herpa, Busch and Wiking patriotically pushing out every new BMW, Mercedes or VAG car but a Ford? Wash your mouth out! https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_laugh.png 

 

Fortunately there’s a few Reitze HO cars still out there secondhand, the Escort Mk5, KA Mk1, Transits of the 80s/90s, Mondeo’s Mk1-Mk3 and Focus Mk1, so there are some good things if you’re prepared to go for the smaller scale as I’ve done on my older layouts, only trouble is they do look too small if you’re loading up a wagon with them!!

 

Cheers,

James

 

To sat a Focus is 'too ordinary' and then produce the Nisan Quashqai (one of the dullest cars!) is quite funny!

I'll have to keep an eye out, you can buy a mk6 fiesta in 1/16 but nothing smaller sadly, or more modern! 

 

Personally, I think the likes of Fiestas/Focus would be a great idea because you see so many of them on the road and you see them on car trains too. 

A friend of mine in the retail world was saying there's a huge demand for 80s cars but Oxford doesn't seem to be meeting it...

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2 hours ago, Swifty11 said:

 

To sat a Focus is 'too ordinary' and then produce the Nisan Quashqai (one of the dullest cars!) is quite funny!

I'll have to keep an eye out, you can buy a mk6 fiesta in 1/16 but nothing smaller sadly, or more modern! 

 

Personally, I think the likes of Fiestas/Focus would be a great idea because you see so many of them on the road and you see them on car trains too. 

A friend of mine in the retail world was saying there's a huge demand for 80s cars but Oxford doesn't seem to be meeting it...

I had a cashcow for three years and it was really comfy, especially the heated seats that made you think you’d wet yourself,

 

Please enlighten us Mr swifty on what you drive and it’d better be exciting as per 911 upwards.... ;)

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19 hours ago, rob D2 said:

I had a cashcow for three years and it was really comfy, especially the heated seats that made you think you’d wet yourself,

 

Please enlighten us Mr swifty on what you drive and it’d better be exciting as per 911 upwards.... https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_wink3.gif

 

I can't think of many occasions that I've been in one, to be honest!  The point I'm trying to make is if Oxford isn't making ordinary cars then why have they done a Quashqai? Admittedly, they've not done a Juke but I always thought it was one of the better-selling cars in the UK? In the same way, I'm surprised we've not seen a modern-day Golf made?

Personally, I think it's double standards. 

 

On a side note, my fun size ferrari 1.25L Fiesta in "race red" (more mud than paint after a trip to Daresbury!) is the pinnacle of driving performance with 0-60 in 2.5 days, a top speed of something like 104mph and 87bhp under the bonnet. What could be better than that? *tongue firmly in side of cheek*

 

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Nothing wrong with a fiesta , had a couple as a young man .

 

As long as it is a fiesta , not adorned with £2000 of crap from Halfords , and one of those stupid exhausts for attention seeking miscreants , whilst they desperately await the call from  mclaren :)

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Looking fantastic as always James, can't beat a good 60 (or 2) !

 

What adhesive do you use to apply the name plates?

 

 

With regards to licensing for model cars, it can't be that prohibitive.. they've managed to produce a mundane Galaxy and all those Jags and Astons, I will make some enquiries, I bet there would be a market for Mk7 Fiestas / Focus's especially those of us that grew up with them.. anyone fancy a crowd funded project??

 

 

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More great modelling here from you James:good_mini:

 

 

cheers neil..

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On ‎20‎/‎08‎/‎2019 at 22:37, rob D2 said:

Nothing wrong with a fiesta , had a couple as a young man .

 

As long as it is a fiesta , not adorned with £2000 of crap from Halfords , and one of those stupid exhausts for attention seeking miscreants , whilst they desperately await the call from  mclaren :)

All my classic motors have nice exhaust system on,

but it doesn't mean I rag mine around on the open roads...:D

Just few trackdays every few months...

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Loving the Class 60s James, there were some really to pay ones around at the turn of the century.

 

 I remember the article you did at the time about the blue Focus as I had a 56 plate 1.8 Ghia TDCi as my first company car from new in the same colour. It was a great motor, sadly I think the driver who collected it at the end of the lease wrote it off (it was snowing that day) as it never had another MOT which was due the next month. Between my wife and I we have had 2 Fiestas, 4 focuses (no 5 is about to be ordered) and 4 Mondeos, so would love a couple of modern models of Ford's to replicate the cars over the years. 

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On 21/08/2019 at 08:36, Duple said:

Looking fantastic as always James, can't beat a good 60 (or 2) !

 

What adhesive do you use to apply the name plates?

 

 

With regards to licensing for model cars, it can't be that prohibitive.. they've managed to produce a mundane Galaxy and all those Jags and Astons, I will make some enquiries, I bet there would be a market for Mk7 Fiestas / Focus's especially those of us that grew up with them.. anyone fancy a crowd funded project??

 

 

 

Thanks, for the nameplates my preferred method is using varnish - just the Railmatch Matt Varnish from aerosols does the job, it takes a while to set so there's plenty of time for adjustments and any overspill will disappear under the mandatory coating of varnish that all the stock gets given in any event! It also seems long-lasting and secure too, I first used the technique on projects in 2003 and they've still got all their plates firmly attached some 16 years on!

 

I tend to keep the dregs of the aerosol can (that's not enough for a whole loco/wagon) left for a quick squirt into a tin foil dish and then a thin film is applied on the back of the plates with a cocktail stick before lowering onto the loco for the miniature naming ceremony!

 

On 22/08/2019 at 10:13, 37114 said:

Loving the Class 60s James, there were some really to pay ones around at the turn of the century.

 

 I remember the article you did at the time about the blue Focus as I had a 56 plate 1.8 Ghia TDCi as my first company car from new in the same colour. It was a great motor, sadly I think the driver who collected it at the end of the lease wrote it off (it was snowing that day) as it never had another MOT which was due the next month. Between my wife and I we have had 2 Fiestas, 4 focuses (no 5 is about to be ordered) and 4 Mondeos, so would love a couple of modern models of Ford's to replicate the cars over the years. 

 

Thanks Rob, absolutely there's a right mix of '60's around from then, from very down-at-heel forlorn grey ones with missing branding and nameplates to bulled up new EWS ones, something for everyone! I do wish my modelling period went slightly earlier than it did though as my favourite condition of the 60s was when fully stickered up in sector livery with some of the awe-inspiring mountain names to match, too many crackers had been lost to the shadow privatisation rebranding in the mid 90s and that's even before the mysterious nameplate thieves came along pinching one or sometimes both plates!

 

Shame to hear about your company car, they were great, I do always give a second glance to the old Mk2 Aquarius blue Focus's that you occasionally see out on the roads, there seems a lot less of them about these days, and the ones you do see are often in a bit of a state now!! Good luck with the new Focus, I sat in one at the dealership the other month and they are very nice inside! It might take me a while to get used to the electric parking brake but other than that, all seemed like a great upgrade on the outgoing Mk3!

 

Cheers,

James

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16 hours ago, James Makin said:

 

Thanks, for the nameplates my preferred method is using varnish - just the Railmatch Matt Varnish from aerosols does the job, it takes a while to set so there's plenty of time for adjustments and any overspill will disappear under the mandatory coating of varnish that all the stock gets given in any event! It also seems long-lasting and secure too, I first used the technique on projects in 2003 and they've still got all their plates firmly attached some 16 years on!

 

I tend to keep the dregs of the aerosol can (that's not enough for a whole loco/wagon) left for a quick squirt into a tin foil dish and then a thin film is applied on the back of the plates with a cocktail stick before lowering onto the loco for the miniature naming ceremony!

 

 

Thanks Rob, absolutely there's a right mix of '60's around from then, from very down-at-heel forlorn grey ones with missing branding and nameplates to bulled up new EWS ones, something for everyone! I do wish my modelling period went slightly earlier than it did though as my favourite condition of the 60s was when fully stickered up in sector livery with some of the awe-inspiring mountain names to match, too many crackers had been lost to the shadow privatisation rebranding in the mid 90s and that's even before the mysterious nameplate thieves came along pinching one or sometimes both plates!

 

Shame to hear about your company car, they were great, I do always give a second glance to the old Mk2 Aquarius blue Focus's that you occasionally see out on the roads, there seems a lot less of them about these days, and the ones you do see are often in a bit of a state now!! Good luck with the new Focus, I sat in one at the dealership the other month and they are very nice inside! It might take me a while to get used to the electric parking brake but other than that, all seemed like a great upgrade on the outgoing Mk3!

 

Cheers,

James

 

Thank you! Will give it a try !

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Looking forward to some more modelling updates James..

 

 

thanks neil.

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More amazing work James the 60s are simply top notch! Always interested in seeing what projects your working on. 

 

Got any more scruffy 2000s era EWS wagons on the bench!? 

 

Cheers

Lewis 

 

 

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Liking the unit !!

 

I've just started to detail/weather a Blue-Grey 121, got as far as painting the interior and adding passengers and drivers.

I'll have to check pics of the wipers !!

 

Cheers,

Phil.

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That’s completely unrealistic, i’m rather disappointed, there was never that many passengers on the Bedford to Bletchley :jester:

 

Another superb job, I’ve been trying to resist purchasing this unit as it’s slightly out of my time zone but I do fondly remember watching it trundle along the branch in that livery and you showing what can be achieved with a lovely bit of weathering is making the task far more difficult.

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James if you ever fancy building a canal...

Moored on the Grand Union near Wolverton 

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More lovely work here James:good_mini:

 

 

 

cheers neil..

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