Chris Klein's 7mm Scale Locomotives

Discussion in 'Gallery' started by Chris Klein, 17 August 2018.

  1. Chris Klein

    Chris Klein Active Member

    This is my first modelling post on Western Thunder. The attached photographs show a Minerva RTR 0 gauge riveted 57XX. It has been modified to represent an unfitted 67XX based at 86B Newport Pill shed. The main modification was to change the screw coupling to a simple chain and to fit the Bagnall manufacturer's plates to the front splashers. As exclusively freight engines, they were usually filthy and I have tried to simulate this. The number, shed code and manufacturer's plates are by Narrow Planet and the crew figures are ModelU. The bucket and fire-irons come with the model. It is equipped with a ZIMO sound decoder loaded with the exclusive pannier sound project designed by Paul Chetter for Minerva. I have included a photo of the loco before weathering.

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  2. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    Top notch Mr Klein.
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  3. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

  4. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    'Here's looking at you kid.'
  5. Chris Klein

    Chris Klein Active Member

    Here is my posse of panniers, all of which are Minerva, on Cwm Bach. 6724 is as described above.

    7788 is a welded tank 57XX depicting the prototype locomotive that was still wearing GWR insignia in 1961 while working the Upton-on-Severn branch from Ashchurch. She carried a BR smokebox numberplate, but the shedcode plate was missing. This model is powered by the Proto-Cab wireless system so track is an optional extra for running this engine. I am happy to post more about Proto-Cab elsewhere if wanted.

    3753 is the later 8750 version fitted with the exclusive Paul Chetter pannier ZIMO sound decoder. The crew on all three locos and the headlamps are ModelU. The South Wales target discs are made from Markits brass Southern Railway indicator discs.

    Major K

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  6. John57sharp

    John57sharp Active Member

    Great stuff, I’m a big fan of the plucky little pannier. Thanks for posting these.

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  7. Chris Klein

    Chris Klein Active Member

    Some photos of my O Gauge Taff Vale A class 0-6-2T at Cwm Bach. She is built from the Dragon Models kit.

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  8. Chris Klein

    Chris Klein Active Member

    Well, I think I shall call it a day on the weathering of 3702 by Minerva. I do like the very fine guard rails protecting the bunker windows.


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  9. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    I think top to bottom on this page shows a terrific level of observation with regard to the weathering, and demonstrates great skill in the application.

    It shows, to my mind at least, just how much good weathering lifts a model.

  10. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    This also demonstrates the good side of weathering your own models - you can vary the degree and style of weathering to replicate locos and rolling stock at any given stage in their operating life. Unlike the monotonous uniformity of the factory airbrushed weathered models.

    Furthermore you can also replicate the loco shed idiosyncrasies. I've see photographs of LBSC Terrier 32636 where, although given a BR number plate, the crew did not clean the leading 3 thereby leaving the old SR number 2636 visible.
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  11. Chris Klein

    Chris Klein Active Member

    Not locos, but a brace of Minerva 0 gauge RTR GWR Iron Minks and a Gunpowder Van weathered and ready for dispatch to a customer.


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  12. freelance7

    freelance7 Active Member

    Wow...superb Chris

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  13. Terrysvr

    Terrysvr Member

    Impressive weathering really brings locos to life well done.

  14. Chris Klein

    Chris Klein Active Member

    I have just finished converting a Minerva Kerr Stuart ROD Victory 0-6-0T to ex-GWR/BR 667 based at Newport Pill in the 1950s. I used the Minerva conversion kit designed specifically for the model. I am not entirely content with the dome, which we may need to review. Nevertheless, the loco with its parallel boiler and outside cylinders makes a change from the usual fare of tapered boilers and pannier tanks.

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  15. Chris Klein

    Chris Klein Active Member

    This Minerva Manning Wardle K is not my property, but is one that I weathered for a client. I paused long for thought before attacking such a pretty locomotive.

    Chris K

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  16. Northwood

    Northwood Western Thunderer

    It has all been said in earlier posts to this thread about the impeccable quality of the weathering carried out on these models and I can add no more superlatives. Forgive the following question, Chris, which might appear a little daft, but do you use photographs of the prototypes to assist in achieving this wonderful standard ? I am still trying to pluck up courage to weather my Minerva 8750...........:confused:!

  17. Focalplane

    Focalplane Western Thunderer

    Chris, you are certainly deserving of all the accolades above and I join in with them. Your (and others, I should add) techniques have opened my eyes to seeing dirt and other weathering phenomena in every day life. As a geologist I can be quite critical of modellers attempts at rock formations in cuttings, etc. and I rather fear my efforts at weathering would be judged to be poor by an expert such as yourself. But that's why we are all here, isn't it, to learn from each other?


    PS I have yet to weather a locomotive! I have yet to work up the courage.
  18. Chris Klein

    Chris Klein Active Member

    I work from photographs of real locomotives. Often, photos are not available for the particular locomotive or even type I am working on, but if it shows the desired effect I am trying to simulate hat will do. The key to success is to paint what you see, not what you imagine.


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  19. Northwood

    Northwood Western Thunderer

    Many thanks for this advice, Chris, - it does encourage me to make a serious attempt at the job, so the next few weeks should prove interesting for 4602 at Nevermoor.

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  20. Chris Klein

    Chris Klein Active Member

    Here's another Minerva Manning Wardle K I have weathered. The loco crew are ModelU figures painted by Claudia Everett. The works and name plates are Narrow Planet. The tools on the bunker are from the accessory pack included with the loco. This loco is fitted with ZIMO DCC sound using Minerva’s exclusive Paul Chetter sound project; my favourite sound is F15 Cylinder Drain Cocks.


    Chris K
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