1/24 scale South African Railway "Cape Gauge 1"

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Thanx for all the replies, lads. I think i have a plan with the bogies. Drew some preliminary plans in Coral. Will cut them over the weekend and check if it works.

I am progressing slowly. Built the cab today and as these things go.....saw that my windows are too small. Which is maybe a good thing....as i completely botched the roof on the one side.

Dont know how that happened.

Anyway....some of you mentioned how big it is. And by no means a small loco, she still is almost 9cm shorter than the class 34. Will post some pics to demonstrate.

So far so good. The last body bit needs to house the decoder , smoker with the speaker directly in front of that. Got a brilliant soundfile for it. I must just write the smoke map.

I reckon another month or two and she will purr. Some things will now be outsourced. Then you can do nothing but wait.

Oh....cabplates are being etched by Carel as we speak....

Laters!!!
 

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Oh and that front bulkhead....just to measure how high from the rail i want to put it. So i cut it out of a piece of 6mm i had lying around. Scale one would be 2mm down and 4mm at the running board.
 
Ive been following your progress on facebook and just saw your post here. Great to see 1:24 scale modelling coming back into vogue. its been quite a popular scale here in Australia for modelling our Narrow gauge prototypes but there arent that many posts about it on the web. keep up the excellent work!
 

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Well well well, quite a steep learning curve here for me. Jan Gouws from SARM coined a phrase he called "ness". If he was building a 34 at the time, when he got it right, he felt "34ness". I learned that now with my first model. Especially on here with my cellphone pics enlarged, I just could not feel 32ness.

Something was amiss. When building a train, one has constants. Stuff that cannot be changed. Like on this train the bogies were 6mm a side too long. Not much at all. But I overcompensated.

The thing about the class 32 that originally took me when i first saw it back in 1989, was indeed the array of wheels with the ponies at each end and the fact that it was a compact machine. Stocky almost. What I was building did not look like that. It was way too long.

So back to the drawing board. I measured and re-measured. And cut and swore and drew new plans. Along the way I found out that the body was actually completely different to the later GE offering we had. The walls were higher and the radius of the bend into the roof different. I was a whole 3.5cm too long as well. All the problems in the long hood.

I actually cut and built 4 bodies prior to this last one before I felt 32ness. Hehehehe, but it measures out now 100% to scale. I even got the diesel tank in at scale dimensions. I am busy detailing a chassis rail and I have started with the airtanks.

One thing is brutally clear though. It is a very very pretty loco to my eye. Will post pictures just now. Let me know what you think.
 

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Here we go
 

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Riekus

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Progress is normally a thing that gets les and less noticed when you get to the smaller time consuming stuff.

Like windows. I cut the rubbers out of 2mm perspex and the windows out of 1mm Lexan. Was a bit of a bitch to do. Busy with the cow catchers. Should have them ready next week.

The airtanks were a flop. The chassis rails at 8mm are too shallow. Gonna go 9.5mm. Motorblocks will turn. This one is going to stay on a perspex chassis. The next two will be proper mild steel chassis.

Was gonna chuck this body away as the prototype. But my wife convinced me to keep it. So i will weather this one.

Tried my hand at airbrushing the line in. Mixed results.

But hey.....all my drawings can now become parts.

Plan is to build 2x 32-200 low noses as well. Will decide later if they will be SAR gulf red or TransNamib blue.

Well...couple of pics. Next up chassis detail. Pipework, wipers and couplers.
 

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Brilliant - wonderful modelling.
 

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Busy with plumbing on the chassis. All very nice......until you paint it.

Poof gone.
 

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Almost there. Light lenses, cab interior, couplers and detail on the ponies like bolt heads on the bearing caps and springs. Soon lads, soon.

Slapped some weathering on her too.
 

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And in the process, because of time constraints, and a lack of balls....i paid a guy to weather my Spoornet orange 34 200. Came out brutal.
 

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Riekus

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Hi guys,

Its been a while. Lots of water ran into the ocean. After building my first loco and then after that dipping my toe into the 3d printing pool, I decided to start my own line of Cape Gauge 1 items. And the response was overwhelming to say the least. I redid the 34GM to my drawings. As well as the 35GM. And the 34GE. I have done a range of XPJ-7 tankers as well as the XB4 cement tanker, XBJ in 3 pot and four pot configurations. I am currently putting a FCJ sugar wagon on the market.

We had a run this past weekend and with my 34GM's in a trip consist, pulled a 30m 168 axle consist effortlessly. I am starting a youtube channel. Here are some videos of what went down. Enjoy.
 
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Thanx dudes. Please like and subscribe to my channel.
 

Riekus

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If anybody here is close to or in Washington, keep your eyes peeled. My first export, a class 34 GM actually got delivered there 2 days ago.

We might even set up a small distributorship there. I am busy building some rollingstock to go over too.

They are expensiveish hehehe. But they are supremely detailed handbuilt items.

My latest wagon...
 

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Washington Co..Durham or Washington DC, or even the state of Washington?

Confunglement reigns supreme here.