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Discussion in 'Layout Progress' started by matto21, 23 July 2017.
You may have a point.... maybe next time!
Well I am now the proud owner of a 1:1 scale baby! Funnily enough, after I've done all my supporting/cleaning/washing/ helping etc etc I have found myself with some time while mother and baby are asleep.
I've managed to crack on with a project to build some 16t minerals "on the cheap".
I was surfing online a while back and I came across unpainted mineral wagon bodies from Dapol so I bought a couple.
I happened to have the underframe parts from a Parkside kit - the body parts were involved in an unfortunate accident several years ago involving spilt glue!
Although the body is sold as being for a 10ft chassis and the kit is 9ft, I thought I'd have a go at combining the two.
In my humble opinion, it's worked quite well so long as you can ignore the obvious difference in length (I can although I appreciate not everyone could).
For a grand total of £1.50 I think it's been worthwhile. Not having the undeframe parts and having to buy a Parkside chassis would bump the price up depending on where you shop, but it'd still be cheaper than a kit!
It's a bit of a bodge but it'll do for me!
What - the baby?
Congratulations, get all the sleep you can!
Haha! The baby is perfect, unlike my modelling!
I've been putting off and off actually laying track for a variety of reasons, mainly to do with my lack of electrics understanding. I thought it was about time I started mapping this thing out on some lining paper.
I think it's dawning on me how small this thing is!
I think those Dapol mineral wagon bodies were originally the Hornby Dublo plastic bodied 16t mineral from 1958! Dapol bought the tools from Wrenn.
I think you might be right. The body moulding still holds up well in my opinion!
Right, I did term this a micro layout - check out the run round loop! Believe it or not I can run around a single Mk 1 coach with a Type 2 loco which was always going to be the maximum loco hauled passenger train length.
Another boring post... sorry!
Think I've got everything mapped out as I want it. It's taken a lot of juggling to get everything where it should be despite the simplicity due to the small space.
Mocked up using flex track:
And a Google-earth type photo for context with the backscene:
I recently bought a Lima CCT secondhand in excellent condition for a very good price with the aim of adding it to my small parcels fleet.
My original intention was to just drill out the axleboxes and fit 14mm wheels. In my sleep deprived state I accidentally drilled right through one of the axleboxes which meant Plan B was required. In hindsight that was a silly attempt because even if I'd been more careful, it would have done nothing for the ride height.
In the end I decided to completely remove the Lima axleboxes and graft some replacement parts onto the solebars.
I used some left over w-irons from a Parkside kit - I know they're not correct but I can live with it! Time will tell how robust they turn out to be but so far so good:
You'll notice I also replaced the brakeshoes and brought them in line with the wheels (plastic rod not trimmed here).
They look reasonable to me with the added bonus of improving the ride height. I won't tell anyone they're not the correct w-irons if you don't!
I've also replaced the door grab handles with 0.33 wire and added handles to the ends - fiddly but worth the effort. I bought the SE Finecast flushglazing pack but am not totally convinced but don't know if I can be bothered cutting my own glazing.
Thanks for looking.
You’re not boring me, Matt, and apologies that I’m late to the party. I seemed to have overlooked your last couple of posts.
It’s all very neat and compact, and using readily available items which I know you can turn into something special, is right up my street.........AND inspiring.
Please keep it coming, Matt.
As they say, "Small is beautiful!" I model working dioramas/small layouts and find that you can put a lot more into a small space re detailing etc, than spreading it out over a large area. Cheers, Earl
Thanks both for your kind comments.
To illustrate my comments about my uncertainty with the SE Finecast flushglazing here are some pics. While they certainly look better than the original Lima glazing, I still can't decide if I like it or not.
Note I have "opened" the two door windows to try and bring a bit of "life". I had a go at cutting my own glazing yesterday as a comparison but gave up after one piece...maybe that's my answer right there!
And finally a shot of my small parcels fleet together. I think I may have to repaint the Southern CCT in a bluer shade!