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W C Greene
|Here are a couple of photos of something I have been working on.
Based on several such oddities that I have either seen in "real life" or somewhere in books.
It is unfinished at the moment but is far enough along to share...
This is a standard gauge rail truck used to shuffle cars around rather than fire up and use a locomotive for a quick job.
Nope, this isn't powered, there is only a few feet of track so she's just a "looker".
Another view of this "critter".
Built from a Miniart 1:35 "GAZ" or some kind of Russkie version of a Ford Model A used in WW2.
The cab was built of wooden slats and one is missing here (came that way in the kit).
I have had this thing built and floating around in a dusty box for a while
(you might see some spider webs inside the cab!)
and thought that I'd use it for "something".
The rear driver is from an old New Brite boxcar truck, trimmed down to look a bit more "scale",
and the front truck is from a Bachmann On30 "Forney" loco with spoke wheels.
I spent probably one evening and a bit of morning coffee-drinking to get her to this point.
Shown here doing as intended, moving around an empty coal delivery car,
also built with New Brite trucks-pretty close for 1:35 or 1:32 scale.
The old coal car was built a few years ago as "detail" for the smelter's coal dump and loco fueling.
On the flat bed you can see some lengths of rail, this would be to add some weight for traction.
This machine would pull only one car, maybe two empty ones but she certainly ain't a road engine.
OK, maybe I should have made this run but again, I ain't building a standard gauge empire,
just some needed and wanted "scenery".
PIMP THAT GAZ BABY !
My 'MiniArt' 1943 GAZ-AAA kit ...
... has been "floating around in a dusty box for a while" too !
( I have made the engine & the insanely COMPLEX wheels/tires though )
HOLY GAZ GUZZLERS ! ...
... that standard gauge gondola is BIG ! ...
... Compared to rinky-dink Gilpin gear !!
Another nice piece of "work".
Might need some weather proofing on that rotten Ruskie door.
W C Greene
|That rear "driver" really sucked!
That's all I had to use...until I found something mucho better in a box of dusty crap.
A really nice spoke wheel from And a pair yet!
Compare with the "ugh_riginal" wheel which is now in the junque yard.
Not only that but I found an old 4 wheel O scale caboose underframe,
in the same box which supplied an outside frame journal.
Now, here's something I like.
IS THAT BETTER?
A better view:
Here you can see the journal on the driver.
Now I can continue with this leetle project and feel better about things.
|" I found something mucho better in a box of dusty crap "
You're lookin' good for the 1/4 mile, with those NEW rims !
I did have a couple of ideas for my GAZ ...
... but I'm not sure if I'm on the right track quite yet.
W C Greene
|I do spend an inordinate amount of time on something that's just "scenery" but that's just me.
Now I must clean out some stuff so I can get rid of all that junk that makes me want to do these things.
Maybe I'll wait till my buddy Dave comes over and fill his pickup full of all that stuff...
he can dump some out close to where he lives-out in the boondocks.
Them feral cats need some kind of hobby.
|WOW, that's a really neat looking railcar!
Four-mooser for certain!