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 Posted: Sat Dec 5th, 2009 06:45 pm
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I need some motive power for my FCALV-cars. Let's try something in american style :bg: ...



At the rear I will add a peaked hood to "justify" the shape of the window frames.
Wonder if the motor hood should be a little bit higher...
Chassis comes from Bachmann, the other parts are from a DAPOL diesel shunter in 1:76.

Michael

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I think that the hood could stand raising some- how about a strip of plastic channel or I beam between it and the deck?



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Ooooohhh! On18-very, very cool! I ain't much of a diesel fan so I probably would have made that N scale dismal into a "faux Shay" or maybe some kind of funky Climax but that's just me. I am sure this will turn out neat and look great pulling some of Senior Caso's cars. Do you have a layout planned for On18...nicely narrow and outrageous. Maybe instead of an HOn30 micro layout, I will make an On18 "thing" for those times that I can't get outside to the real layout.

I think the height of the "hood" looks fine to me, it has that narrow gauge-y look. Keep going.          Woodie



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Thanks for your comments - I think I place a 2mm (0.080") styrene strip under the hood. That will raise it a little bit, but keep the "narrowy" look.
@ Woodie: An articulated steamer is already on the drawing board...;) My first try to make drawings for brass etching.

Michael

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Michael-have you built any of Daniel's On18 kits yet? He has some very cool stuff to offer and if the smaller kits are anything like his 1:32 kits...they are jewels indeed. That diesel should look great hauling a cut of tiny rolling stock. The large walkways would be a good place for a couple of crewmen and lots of rerailers, chain, hose, and maybe a barrel or two. I have always liked a "two tone" paint job on stuff like yours, it just has that "look".        Keep on keeping on..          Woodie



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Woodie, Daniels stuff was the main reason for switching to 0n18. Take a look here: http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=2269&forum_id=17

A layout is planned, on the "gigantic" area of 2X2.75 ft.

Michael

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Some progress, parts are not glued together yet:



I need a long time to make the design of the cab doors. Now I decided to build them as sliding doors.
Maybe I need a big exhaust muffler and frontlight to keep the optical balance to the massive hood on the back... or I reduce its height a little bit...

Michael

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teetrix wrote: Maybe I need a big exhaust muffler and frontlight to keep the optical balance to the massive hood on the back... or I reduce its height a little bit...


I also think the two hoods could do with being closer in height and profile.

I'd probably drop the rear hood - and possibly the rear windows to match.

I'm not sure the pointed top actually adds anything - but this is just a personal view!

One way to nail this would be if you had a second Dapol "04" Drewery shunter. You could then build two:
  1. One with the square windows and both hoods with the same profile as the front.
  2. The other with the trapezoid windows and both hoods with the pointed top profile you've currently got at the back.
I suspect both would look good, but I don't know - and it might be an expensive way to find out. I'm not sure what you think.

If, like me, you don't like the idea of bashing two kits to build one, you could always mock up both versions in cardboard - and actually build the one you like.

Saying that, whatever you end up doing, I'm sure it'll look good when it's finished.

Regards,

Huw.


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Michael-the loco is looking pretty good, I am not enamored with the rear "hood" however. This is your loco, so you can do whatever you want. If I was building her, I would probably make a flat rear deck and if there was a gear tower to cover up, then it might become a small gas tank or tool box. Of course, after she's all painted up and finished, things may look different. Keep going and don't let our griping matter, we are just envious of your cool little lokie.       Woodie



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 Posted: Sun Dec 27th, 2009 01:19 am
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W C Greene wrote: Keep going and don't let our griping matter, we are just envious of your cool little lokie.

My sentiments exactly.

Regards,

Huw.

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