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Adapting and building items for a not yet built 1/120 Layout


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Thought I’d create a thread for some of the models I am adapting and creating for the scale, going by what is available on the market and what could be done with them.

 

It doesn’t all have to use 12mm gauge trackwork, Tiny Hong Kong produce a tram model which is close to 1/120 in most dimensions. The trams are distinctive, yet we have some in this country that are similar. 
 

The model will be repainted in a British livery, and I will be using Kato or Tomix tram track to create a small tramway for it.

 

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To go with the tram, I’m going to place a Leyland Titan nearby. The model is a matchbox one, it’s 1/124 so just slightly smaller but that shouldn’t be a problem.

 

I’m yet to decide on a livery for it, however I’m still thinking of chopping part of the roof away and making an open topped tour bus.

 

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Amazing what a lick of paint can do 😀

 

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Freelance red and white for the HK Tram, London Transport livery for the Titan. I’ve got a chassis to hand for motorising the tram so hopefully I’ll have it running soon. The bus will be static on the layout, I want to play with Magnorail but I can’t fit it into my current plans.

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17 hours ago, Allegheny1600 said:

Nice job!

I like what you’re doing with this, it’s great to see that you’re pressing ahead with this “new” scale and I’m sure it will confound the naysayers.

Bravo.

John


I’m moving mainly to the scale due to the accuracy it provides. OO doesn’t look right, TT3 has the same issues for me, N is just too small and other scales just don’t do it for me. It’s great to see it taking off and even if it doesn’t become “big”, I still aim to model regardless.

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Small bit of work left to do now, mainly advertising posters and route blinds, but I’m happy with it running. Already eyeing up a Siku street car to convert giving its 1/120 too.

 

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The Bilteezi range of card kits for 3mm has always seemed to be under scale to me and should be about right. They can be made into attractive  models, witness Mike Corp's attractive layouts.

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1 hour ago, NCB said:

The Bilteezi range of card kits for 3mm has always seemed to be under scale to me and should be about right. They can be made into attractive  models, witness Mike Corp's attractive layouts.


I’ve not been too keen on card kits before, so I’ll end up doing my own buildings from scratch or adapting N gauge/TT European items.

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1 hour ago, NCB said:

The Bilteezi range of card kits for 3mm has always seemed to be under scale to me and should be about right. They can be made into attractive  models, witness Mike Corp's attractive layouts.

 

You can alsorun with things like scalescenes 4mm buildings and just print them at 63% and you have an instant 1:120 kit.  However, I understand that card/paper kits are not everyones cup of tea :)

 

Graam

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11 minutes ago, Moria15 said:

 

You can alsorun with things like scalescenes 4mm buildings and just print them at 63% and you have an instant 1:120 kit.  However, I understand that card/paper kits are not everyones cup of tea :)

 

Graam


Perhaps a topic in this sub section for card buildings and reducing them may be of benefit? This topic of mine is mainly road vehicles and trams so far, as I won’t be tackling buildings any time soon. (And I won’t be using paper or card as my chosen medium when I do so.)

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Two models I've been scaling up to 1/120 for the layout, given the motley collection so far I'll be doing a cliché transport museum, but a Foden steam lorry and Scammell Scarab will be nice to have. The original 1/148 files on Thingiverse were done by slanjonok, and if I falls within the terms of use I'll be uploading printable vehicles for 1/120 on there for home printing.

 

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First loco arrived, a Zeuke/BTTB 0-4-0. I’ve already decided on a body for the chassis, and have plans for more to follow. At a rough measurement, wheels are 10mm in diameter and wheelbase is 28mm. Don’t have my callipers to hand so will do proper measurements later on.

 

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Whilst I have plans for this chassis, I’m on the lookout for another with a familiar locomotive scaled down and copied, just slightly skewed again to make use of this chassis. They’re cheap and pretty much a TT pocket rocket but they’re not too bad.

 

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"Pocket rocket" - I like that expression! But if it runs smoothly, why not. It's just that it is rather loud, what with the fast spinning cogwheels.

 

Look for PMT chassis. They are said to run very well, and come in various sizes (but they don't come exactly cheap). Could be useful for model trams, DMUs, shunters and the like.

 

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Some more stock in for conversion, will need new chassis (I’m working on that front) but bodies could be good. The coaches could have good potential for bashing.

 

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The Tillig wagon chassis is due to be cut and shut to produce a VDA or ODA wagon, I’m torn between which I would prefer to model first.

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