New Photos Posted of Chilliwack models
I uploaded a couple of photos of stuff I have produced since the May
08 Bellevue meet that arrived in Chilliwack in one form or another. To
those who attended please feel free to add photos of your own models
to the Chilliwack 2008 RPM album and please write up a bit on them. I
just threw in some photos I had floating around on the other groups.
The 1:160th Grotto depot I built is mostly styrene and is ready for
paint. It has made the rounds once before as three walls stuck
together by blue tack but that started to get old. I spent most of
Canada Day morning making shingles out of brown paper bag and
attempting to build a trainorder signal for the structure. I want the
signal to work and while moving blades are not an issue getting both
blades lit by a single fiber optic cable is proving to be. The depot
itself has only walls and an operator desk on the interior but is
similarly lit with fiber optic strand. The exterior light uses smaller
.015" fiber optic cable. I stamped the lamp hood out with a piece of
sharpened brass tubing and then flared it with a punch made of a
framing spike rounded over with a file. Where I ran into problems was
in attaching the shade to the cable. I used CA and it crazed whatever
plastic the cable is made of. I will use a latex contact adhesive in
the future. As it stands the lamp puts out a little light but not
enough. The reason I am building my structures to be lit is to
accommodate night ops on my layout should it ever get to that point,
as that is when the cool trains like the Piggy Back Special (Passenger
power) and the Empire Builder came through town.
Windows are strip and I have completed a couple of the acetate and
Badger Air Opaque sashes. I found a little going over the acetate with
wood colour helped get better opacity and added to the weathering. The
chimney is kind of small and weird and I didn't feel like looking for
or buying one so I just made it out of a bunch of .015" squares
interspaced by smaller .005" squares. On the test shot I painted it
first and then filled the cracks with Hydrocal. They are fairly quick
and easy and I only squared them once or twice, preferring instead to
fix things at final sanding. The top got drilled afterwards and hole
squared up. Overall it has been a neat project. All of the Stevens
Pass depots I have built are character laden affairs that have been
fun to build. Each depot having been moved several times, expanded and
or altered and ravaged by heavy wet snow loads meant that siding was
sometimes not aligned or that filler bits of millwork would get wet,
warp, and fall off. At first I was a little worried that all of the
.005" strip would be too fragile in this dilapidated state or that I
would go too far in the weathering. So far things are on the right
track, But I am interested to see what will become of the project once
paint is applied.
The little speeder was started after a recent trip to Wickersham. My
"main" side project is Huntingdon/Sumas and in preparing a scene for
an article I suddenly needed some NP artifacts. The speeder seemed to
fit the bill. I originally wanted a more enclosed (think easier to
build) variant but this was the only kind I could find to measure off
of. It took a day or so to figure out the enclosure but I settled on a
using .010" strips for the framework and relief areas and .005" for
the plywood skin. Laminating the two worked well to provide a stable
window opening that could then be razored out. A piece of acetate is
being masked and painted with Tamiya paints and has the divider. I
found that one had to be very careful to have the tape down firmly as
the tamiya bleeds like crazy on acetate and has lead to five or six
attempts. Even now I am glad I only need one. I still don't know for
sure which way I want to attach the glazing/frame piece to the carbody
as the flange is impossibly small.
The original idea was to use some parts of the fine GHQ speeder kit
and modify the wheels to scale. In the end the wheels wouldn't stand
up to narrowing or having new flanges added. In a panic I figured out
a slapdash way of making my own after the photo was taken that was
along the lines of the method for making the window opening.
The rest of the body is a mixture of .005 board by board construction
and some folded up brass and stainless shapes. The chassis originally
was all brass but I chickened out and changed all of the flat pieces
to mylar drafting film that was sanded. I made the angle iron out of
the same material. All told the model is astoundingly durable. I have
dropped it several times to no ill effect. Pure luck at its best, I
guess the it uses SmartCar physics to bounce out of harms way. The
coolest thing I learned making the model was that one could turn
inverted bowl shapes on a dremel. I needed one for the headlight, so I
could fill the lens area with clear resin, and stumbled upon a method
that is identical to turning clay pots. All you need is a dremel at
5XXX RPM to turn with and a knife to pull the rod away from the chuck.
Very easy and very simple. Parting is a case of holding the rod and
blade in between your thumb and forefinger. Figuring this out made up
for all the speeder motors I had lost on my carpet earlier. Parts of
the model have since been disassembled to be remade as my techniques
start to be refined but should be back together soon.
Now your turn
- Since most of my modeling the last two years has been in 1/6th scale, your work is quite amazing, especially that speeder. Have you ever heard of Mykola Syadristy? One his more amazing works:
He also made an electric motor you could probably use to power the windshield wipers on your speeder:
And a working clock for the station wall although he stuck his in the head of dragonfly:
I have a few models on my website. There are short descriptions of each on their respective pages. Of the finished models, the most involved was probably the GP39E from a GP30 but that was a little cutting and pasting, some paint and decals. There was no ".005 board on board construction" to say the least.
You could also get the July 2008 Railroad Model Craftsman and see my model of MRL 391.
Andrew Hutchinson wrote:
...The 1:160th Grotto depot I built is mostly styrene...
...Now your turn...
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- Paul, Thank you for the kind words and those linked images, they are
absolutely nuts! I worked a bit in the larger scales up until very
recently, and it is a whole different ballgame every time you move up
or down. Every scale seems to have its own requirements. I noticed
this especially in scales like 1/2 and 1/6th that it can feel like you
are playing in the twilight zone. In that range it is as if you are
confronted by an object that is undersized rather than miniaturised.
HO and N seem very tame in comparison.
As for your work, I hate to admit it but you have finished all of the
HO models I have started! The article brought back memories of seeing
MRL F45s leading past my house with unit trains to Roberts Bank. I
have some $5 bluebox dummies sitting on the shelf that I purchased
after seeing the real thing. I did a lot of work on them to show
myself I could get the job done but at the end of the day I think I
filed off more detail than I needed to... and they still ain't done. I
was thinking if I could get some Athearn grill etchings I might do
something with them someday.
Per the speeder I should mention that using .005 styrene on something
this small is actually really easy. With a small brush I just wick off
most of the solvent on a piece of cereal box and then apply to both
sides and wait 5 seconds. It is really strong but occasionally too
flexible. It would be crazy to do this kind of thing on something a
lot larger, but at that size everything is supported every 3/16" or
so, so there are no obvious problems with warpage. I did have my wits
tested when I had to grind off the fuel tank from underneath the rear
seat. it was trying but eventually I ground enough of it off with a
ball cutter to get a knife blade under it and pop it out. Finding a
good way to hold it and the dremel body was trying to say the least...
--- In email@example.com, Paul Mack <nahshon@...> wrote:
> Since most of my modeling the last two years has been in 1/6th
scale, your work is quite amazing, especially that speeder. Have you
ever heard of Mykola Syadristy? One his more amazing
> He also made an electric motor you could probably use to power the
windshield wipers on your speeder:
> And a working clock for the station wall although he stuck his in
the head of dragonfly:
> I have a few models on my website. There are short descriptions of
each on their respective pages. Of the finished models, the most
involved was probably the GP39E from a GP30 but that was a little
cutting and pasting, some paint and decals. There was no ".005 board
on board construction" to say the least.
> You could also get the July 2008 Railroad Model Craftsman and see my
model of MRL 391.
> Paul Mack
> Hillsboro, OR
> Andrew Hutchinson wrote:
> ...The 1:160th Grotto depot I built is mostly styrene...
> ...Now your turn...
> Windows Live Hotmail is giving away Zunes. Enter for your chance to win.
- Andrew Hutchinson.> wrote:> I uploaded a couple of photos of stuff I
have produced since the May 08 Bellevue > Now your turn > Andrew
Feedback : I may have to look at taking a few photos of a specific
project I had been working on, which greatly benefited from some of the
advanced modelbuilding techniques you so patiently taught me, one by
one. I have to say that I could not achieved that "edge" without your
specific input .
Overall, just to say I really enjoy the more open communciation taking
place right now, within the Group, as there is so much we can learn
from each other , and, as you all know, Talent ...is not something that
is in short supply , here ! ...'-)
Jean Brisson Victoria, BC