Loco no 6

Loco no 6

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Oil Loco 'Alpha' E 10 - Continued

After almost a year of inactivity I finally got my project to build a model of an ancient Danish built oil engine loco going again. Shortly after having started the build, I had the luck of finding works drawings of very similar loco. The drawings made me realise I had to change the wheel base and length of the model. An extension of plastic card took care of the length last year and a new BullAnt from Australia fixed the wheel base this summer.
The wires for the decoder bursting through the door opening. The asymmetric positioning of the axles is documented by photos and adds a charming, primitive look to the model - in my eyes at least...
With the longer wheel base I had to grind out a bit more room for the wheels and flywheel. I used a mini drill to remove the offending plastic. Other than that no other modifications were needed for the new BullAnt.
Advert for a an 'Alpha' loco from Frederikshavn Jernstøberi. You had to pay extra to get drive to both axles and a two speed gear box. On the standard version there was only chain drive to one axle and one speed. Scan supplied by Nordjyllands Kystmuseum, Frederikshavn.
The loco body has now been clad in a layer of 0.1 mm. plastic card and a raised panel glued on. This is the kind of plastic building I really like, Plain work with knife and steel ruler, glue and file. Next stage will focus on the frame and buffers/couplings before moving on to roof and smaller details on the body.
Covering the upper body in thin plastic card. The method gives thin edges around the open door on the loco's left side. A raised panel on the rear wall is being held down with a generous amount of tape while the glue dries.
After sanding the surface is tested with a thin layer of paint. The paint makes it easier to see if more putty is needed to make a smooth surface. The exhaust is cut from aluminium tube. I still have to make the even larger pipe serving the radiator that worked by evaporating water from the large tank at the front.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Bedford and Trailer

One of my vacation projects was the MMK resin kit of a Bedford O and heavy load trailer. I assumed it would be an easy task right out of the box. Having studied the instructions a little closer and handling the parts, I realised that the build wouldn't be as easy as I thought. Most parts are well moulded and relatively easy to separate from their mould gates. Both lorry and trailer kit lacks location points and as the instructions aren't particularly helpful it is a challenge to find out precisely where many parts go. As a single misfitting part would prompt an avalanche of faults I built the lorry kit in a different sequence than advised in the instructions.

Bedford chassis fitted with wheels. Despite lack of decent location points I managed to get all four wheels touching the ground without trouble.
The single axle trailer ready for wheels. Not too many parts for this item that is made up from primarily one huge casting.

The lorry cab is a nice casting but care must be taken when removing the flash in window and door openings. The cab interior is sparse (as it was on the original lorry). I had to substitute a steering wheel and column as the kit part was broken. Some of the parts are from etched metal and are quite nice. I'm wondering if I should leave a cab door open to show the details?

Wheels fitted to the trailer and cab interior primed.

I couldn't resist placing one of my 1:35 locomotives on the trailer. It gives new motivation to carry on building!

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Vacation Projects

I have now started three weeks of vacation. Except for some house maintenance tasks nothing is scheduled - not even a trip abroad this summer. I'll be spending the vacation home and in the cottage. I suppose that will leave a little time for modelling now and then. 

I hope to be able to focus on my model of an ancient Danish built one cylinder oil engine loco picking up where I left last summer. A new Bullant from Australia is on order with a better match to the drawings than the one I fitted first.
Here is where I'm starting: painted interior and basic work on the frame. The loco body is started but needs a lot more work - including a roof. 
Having just about finished a somewhat problematic lorry build what would be more obvious than to start another? It will however not be a kit bash or a conversion but a (probably) nice and easy out of the box-build. The object is a Bedford O with a heavy load trailer made by the Czech company MMK. I only plan to add some small parts and a set of specially designed decals making it a vehicle with a clear reference to one of my railway friends.
Cleaning up parts from the two kits from MMK of a Bedford lorry and a trailer. Plenty of work!

Could I squeeze some work on my newest module in, I would be glad. I'm really looking forward to getting the track down and tested - not to mention starting on the buildings. 

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Finished Ford Double Cab Lorry

After much trouble and frustration I have finally finished the Ford double cab lorry I started building back in February. It has been a tough nut to crack as particularly the figures and cab have supplied challenges on an almost daily basis. Most troubles caused by myself by not planning and dry fitting parts enough and some by the quality of upper and lower resin cab castings. The cab parts didn't fit well together causing a lot of sanding and getting the three figures to fit in the cab wasn't exactly easy. After several efforts I decided to have only two figures in the cab, leaving the driver figure out.
The finished double cab lorry at the Nystrup Gravel loco shed with a load of brown coal. Summer 1946.

The lorry is a combination of a converted chassis from the ICM-kit of a Ford T917G and a resin cab made in Brazil. See the lorry at an earlier state here.

Haulage contractor Hansen's double cab lorry was a former German army lorry, possibly commandeered from civilian use in Norway and brought to Denmark during the German occupation. After being taken over by Hansen in May 1945 the lorry received a coat of green paint, new head lights and license plates. Due to its large cab the lorry could carry a good work force; very convenient as any bulk load had to be shovelled off the cargo bed.
Freshly painted in Vallejo Air 71.134 Imperial Japanese Army Green the Ford lorry is awaiting decals.
After priming I painted the lorry green (Hansen's company colour - although he never hit the same hue or bothered with a standard paint scheme), fitted decals from Skilteskoven and gave the model a covering layer of satin varnish.
Decals fitted on front doors. Windows still without glass and cab interior only test fitted. A steering wheel is still missing. In the cargo bed one can faintly see the heightened insert made from foam board to carry the load of brown coal.
Clear plastic card pieces made to fit the cab windows. All specially made to a particular window and consequently clearly marked out and taped in place on a piece of A4.
The heightened foam board insert in the load bed received a load of coal that was painted in different brown colours to represent raw brown coal. Two wicker baskets from Paulo were 'dug into' the load.

Coal and wicker baskets added, glass in the cab windows and weathering begun. The lorry is almost finished - and my work table is beginning to look fairly cluttered.
Weathering was done with both oil and acrylic paint and a little coloured chalk powder. I kept the weathering light and only the upper panels of the cargo bed received a serious dose of weathering.
Moving into position to unload the coal at the railway's coaling site next to the water tank.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

More info on KML 5 gas generator loco

While going through a box with an assortment of brochures picked up from visits to narrow gauge railway museums, I found this from Feldbahnmuseum Oekoven on their preserved KML 5 with gas generator. Basically the little flyer tells all you the basic facts about the loco - in case you read German, that is!

My own model of a KML 5 in 1:35 scale is a good representation of the prototype and I would recommend anyone to try the 3D printed model - it is an interesting prototype and well designed. All I added was a Bullant motor bogie, some small details and paint.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Placing Buildings

After having worked out the basic design and general placement of the buildings, walls and fences on module 4, I had to figure out how close to the track I could place them. As Nystrup Gravel is a very normal industrial railway, there is no such thing as an authorized construction profile that regulate minimum distance from track to buildings or other objects. I do however want all my locos and rolling stock to be able to pass safely through the industrial district, so I did some testing during this week. The results (and some figuring out what equipment Nystrup Gravel might acquire in the future) showed that a minimum distance of 4 cm. from track centre was sufficient. Allowing for 1 cm. of extra clearance on each side of the track I decided not to place any object closer to the track centre than 5 cm. I also considered that there has to be room for my hand when cleaning rails.

Nystrup Gravel's speeder is tested for fit between buildings on module 4. The building of Bankes Bakelit needs to be heightened a bit. Good thing to have a card board mock up to work on.
Two strips of plywood acts as a guide for the brick wall. I will add a wooden fence where the masking tape is placed.
Part of my rail profile collection in action, holding down the plywood strips while the glue sets.
The foam board wall test fitted between the strips. My plaster castings of brick wall segments have been glued to the foam board with PVA-glue. On the wall's other side I fitted Tamiya's brick wall paper. Most people will never see that side of the wall so I guess a rudimentary presentation of bricks will do. I'm looking forward to see the speeder race past the brick wall.
Not only my 1:35 scale model of an industrial railway have a somewhat relaxed relationship to a construction profile. On the Danish beet railways the transfer of a steam locomotive from one line to another led to the loco simply being put out of use. On its first test run it turned out to be too large to pass under a viaduct. It seems as if the the beet railways at least once acquired a loco without checking the construction profile. A report from a test run in 1920 of a brand new steam loco led to the conclusion that one particular house near the track could only be passed by the loco if no one in the house fancied to open the windows!  Distances from the new loco to other buildings also seem much smaller than comfortable. No attempt seems to have been made to set up signs to warn drivers.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Summer puts a hold on modelling

Summer (combined with a lorry model that is fighting every effort I make at constructing a barely acceptable model) has put a short halt to my modelling activities. Lots of garden and house chores is being performed, though. I have been lucky enough to spend a few days on railway work in 1:1 scale. I have taken part in the running of passenger trains and the usual manual labour to keep the track in good order. Fortunately I really enjoy working with real narrow gauge railways and I pick up a lot of inspiration every time I volunteer on HVB. Just check out the film below - who wouldn't want to recreate such a nice train in model?

Modelling will be taken up again soon. No doubt the Danish weather will swiftly change and provide plenty of time for indoor activities. Plans for defeating the uncooperative lorry model have been drawn up and a supply of brick wall segments cast in plaster awaits being combined into a wall for my factory module. My summer vacation is also in sight and will as usual contain some modelling - more on that later.

The loco shunting skips in the film above is Deutz 10204 from 1931. Originally equipped with a petroleum engine it is now fitted with a Ruston & Hornsby diesel engine. As the British engine runs in the opposite direction of the original you have to put the loco in reverse to go forward. Be sure to think twice before you take off! Here the driver carefully position skips in the shed at Brandhoj station - the 700 mm. main line can be seen to the left.