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nalmeida
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Posted - 10/22/2005 :  8:25:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit nalmeida's Homepage
Hi there guys, this project is not new, most of you guys already know it from some pictures I published in other threads, in any case and for future reference I decided to put them together in one thread, sorry to the guys who already saw it a few times:

A few month's ago I started a small 1 foot layout to enter a challenge on another forum. I wanted a small loco to be the motive power, the scale I'm using (O9) is not common so there aren't many comercial choices available, in any case I like challenges so I decided to scratchbuild my little critter.
I was inspired by some of the products by Sidelines (GN15). I decided to use styrene as the main material and I'm loving working with it. I'll be using some brass for the details. I needed a suitable donor for the chassis, since I'm using 9 mm gauge the choice was obvious, the n scale bachman diesel switcher, I already have one and think it's a reliable option for power. As for design/planning I used my favourite vectorial program, Corel Draw.

First of all I designed a chassis that would fit the bachman switcher, it's strong and it fit's "tight" so there's no need for screws to attach it, as a side note I'll be using the chassis backwards so that the biggest part of it will be concealed in the front of the critter:



I used a clear styrene sheet on top of the plans so that everything would be on the right place, since I'll be painting on top of it it doesn't matter that it's clear, here you can see the sideframes construction, one of them is already on place:



I never worked with so small parts, in the beggining I almost conceded and quited but I decided to try just one of the sideframes and got happy with the results and done the rest, this sideframe measures 2 inch long and 0,4 inch tall. Everything was made out of styrene sheet, except the nbw's wich are from tichy:



Finally, a closer picture of the sideframe on place:


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nalmeida
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Posted - 10/22/2005 :  8:26:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit nalmeida's Homepage
Well chassis is complete so now on to the upper part:



From another angle:




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nalmeida
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Posted - 10/22/2005 :  8:26:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit nalmeida's Homepage
Well chassis is complete so now on to the upper part:



From another angle:




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nalmeida
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Posted - 10/22/2005 :  8:27:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit nalmeida's Homepage
I completed the front part so it's now on to the details:



The front grid was a bit tricky but I think it looks right, I already started on the cabins interior:




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nalmeida
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Posted - 10/22/2005 :  8:27:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit nalmeida's Homepage
I completed the front part so it's now on to the details:



The front grid was a bit tricky but I think it looks right, I already started on the cabins interior:




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nalmeida
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Posted - 10/22/2005 :  8:28:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit nalmeida's Homepage
Some more details added:



From the other side:




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nalmeida
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Posted - 10/22/2005 :  8:28:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit nalmeida's Homepage
Some more details added:



From the other side:




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nalmeida
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Posted - 10/22/2005 :  8:29:39 PM  Show Profile  Visit nalmeida's Homepage
Everything done on the critter so now is on to the paintshop!



I went for the swivel seat and I really liked the way it looks, on the front I added the fuel cap. I was undecided about adding lights and horn but decided not to do it, it would "overcrowd" the little "animal" and the industry I'm running doesn't need it:



Here is the cab interior, there's the brakewheel, the reverse/forward, the gauges, the gearshift, the seat and the throttle:




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nalmeida
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Posted - 10/22/2005 :  8:29:39 PM  Show Profile  Visit nalmeida's Homepage
Everything done on the critter so now is on to the paintshop!



I went for the swivel seat and I really liked the way it looks, on the front I added the fuel cap. I was undecided about adding lights and horn but decided not to do it, it would "overcrowd" the little "animal" and the industry I'm running doesn't need it:



Here is the cab interior, there's the brakewheel, the reverse/forward, the gauges, the gearshift, the seat and the throttle:




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nalmeida
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Posted - 10/22/2005 :  8:30:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit nalmeida's Homepage
Well the critter is ready, painted an weathered, here she is:



From another angle:



The other side:



Interiors:



On another track:



Well, that was it, it was my first scratchbuilt piece of motive power and it gave me lot's of enjoyment, will try on something smaller very soon!



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nalmeida
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Posted - 10/22/2005 :  8:30:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit nalmeida's Homepage
Well the critter is ready, painted an weathered, here she is:



From another angle:



The other side:



Interiors:



On another track:



Well, that was it, it was my first scratchbuilt piece of motive power and it gave me lot's of enjoyment, will try on something smaller very soon!



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acousticco
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Posted - 10/22/2005 :  8:38:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit acousticco's Homepage
Wow! Excellent critter.
And using clear styrene over the templates is brilliant!

-Cody



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acousticco
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Posted - 10/22/2005 :  8:38:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit acousticco's Homepage
Wow! Excellent critter.
And using clear styrene over the templates is brilliant!

-Cody



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