Converted Otto to vaguely US outline

Revok

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First of all, I doff my cap at some of the amazing bashes I have seen within this area of the forum. This isn't one of them!
Sadly I don't have the patience (or skills) to emulate some of the masterworks here. But that doesn't mean I don't enjoy a bit of creative hacking and slashing from time to time.

Recently I bought a cheap ebay 'Otto' type loco, made up of red blue and yellow plastics and garish Circus logos, purely as a source for some spare parts. To my surprise though, it actually ran quite well, its only problem being lumps of semi solidified grease gumming up the drive cogs. Once cleaned up it was smooth and silent, too good I felt, to simply strip for parts.

So, I decided to give Otto a more American outline to fit with the rest of my railway. I should say upfront I'm not a stickler for accuracy. I'm not trying to make an authentic US loco, just something that looks more similar in style to blend with my other locos and general US theme. And not quite so cheerfully colourful!!
Here is how it looked when I bought it.

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First I hacked at the cab, removed the rear to open it out, got rid if the side boxes and gave it a new plasticard roof. Shaped the curve of the roof by forcing the plasticard into a tumbler and applying some heat every couple of hours. When I took it out it unfurled of course, but did retain a curve which made it easier to glue to the cab.
Then extended the rear of the cab by about an inch and filled in the side doors.
Once all that was completed it was time to get rid of all those colours with a all over paint job starting with a good coat of primer (after first removing all the wee brass bits and lights.)
And here it is now, after a spray of dull black, and a bit of rust and dirt.
Oh, and a cowcatcher made from plasticard, which I intend redo later, a bit more carefully! That was the prototype just to see how i could fit one and to get an idea of how the loco would look with it
All done in 2 days.
It needs a more US style chimney, but I havn't thought of a good way to do that yet. Any ideas welcomed.
I realise this post would have been more informative if I had took some photos at the in between stages, but once I get started, I just keep ploughing on till I'm done :)

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playmofire

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A neat piece of work.
 
Madman

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Looks good to me ! You need a small tender behind it.
 
Paul2727

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There was a US outline Otto produced, you can still get parts for it including the smoke stack. Try:
or do a search for LGB 92078.
Regards,
Paul.
 
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korm kormsen

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i like that!
(and i got a not "westerly" enough otto too)
 
Bill Barnwell

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Looks right at home, nice job and like madman said needs a tender, here is the one I did on a passenger car bogie out of a plastic box for my 2010 bash
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Riograndad

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First of all, I doff my cap at some of the amazing bashes I have seen within this area of the forum. This isn't one of them!
Sadly I don't have the patience (or skills) to emulate some of the masterworks here. But that doesn't mean I don't enjoy a bit of creative hacking and slashing from time to time.

Recently I bought a cheap ebay 'Otto' type loco, made up of red blue and yellow plastics and garish Circus logos, purely as a source for some spare parts. To my surprise though, it actually ran quite well, its only problem being lumps of semi solidified grease gumming up the drive cogs. Once cleaned up it was smooth and silent, too good I felt, to simply strip for parts.

So, I decided to give Otto a more American outline to fit with the rest of my railway. I should say upfront I'm not a stickler for accuracy. I'm not trying to make an authentic US loco, just something that looks more similar in style to blend with my other locos and general US theme. And not quite so cheerfully colourful!!
Here is how it looked when I bought it.

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First I hacked at the cab, removed the rear to open it out, got rid if the side boxes and gave it a new plasticard roof. Shaped the curve of the roof by forcing the plasticard into a tumbler and applying some heat every couple of hours. When I took it out it unfurled of course, but did retain a curve which made it easier to glue to the cab.
Then extended the rear of the cab by about an inch and filled in the side doors.
Once all that was completed it was time to get rid of all those colours with a all over paint job starting with a good coat of primer (after first removing all the wee brass bits and lights.)
And here it is now, after a spray of dull black, and a bit of rust and dirt.
Oh, and a cowcatcher made from plasticard, which I intend redo later, a bit more carefully! That was the prototype just to see how i could fit one and to get an idea of how the loco would look with it
All done in 2 days.
It needs a more US style chimney, but I havn't thought of a good way to do that yet. Any ideas welcomed.
I realise this post would have been more informative if I had took some photos at the in between stages, but once I get started, I just keep ploughing on till I'm done :)

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Great little bash there,very Porter looking and looks a lot different from "out of the box",looks the part in the pics:cool::clap::clap::clap:,as for circus locos I changed 2 Big Hauler 4 6 0`s to normal road locos,red ,white,blue and gold livery just didn`t quite fit in with the rest of my stock!!!
 
Revok

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Many thanks for the comments and suggestions. In general I'm fairly happy with how it turned out, the only thing I am mildly annoyed about is that I should have taken more time to ensure the door openings were filled in seamlessly. I thought three coats of black spray plus the primer would cover the joins. Should have used a filler and sanded it down I guess. Lesson learned for next time,
 
PhilP

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Many thanks for the comments and suggestions. In general I'm fairly happy with how it turned out, the only thing I am mildly annoyed about is that I should have taken more time to ensure the door openings were filled in seamlessly. I thought three coats of black spray plus the primer would cover the joins. Should have used a filler and sanded it down I guess. Lesson learned for next time,
You can always make a 'feature' of it? - Modified an old cab in the yard, and now the seams are rusting-out? :think:
 
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Many thanks for the comments and suggestions. In general I'm fairly happy with how it turned out, the only thing I am mildly annoyed about is that I should have taken more time to ensure the door openings were filled in seamlessly. I thought three coats of black spray plus the primer would cover the joins. Should have used a filler and sanded it down I guess. Lesson learned for next time,
I noticed that and thought it was just the signs of a hard life on the tracks.
 
Revok

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Thanks to modell-land link provided by Paul2727, I was able to get the US style smokestack. Easy to order via the translated page, and arrived within a few days from Germany. Finally got round to fitting it today, and it definitely helps with illusion of an authentic US loco I think.

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Paul M

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Many thanks for the comments and suggestions. In general I'm fairly happy with how it turned out, the only thing I am mildly annoyed about is that I should have taken more time to ensure the door openings were filled in seamlessly. I thought three coats of black spray plus the primer would cover the joins. Should have used a filler and sanded it down I guess. Lesson learned for next time,
Not many people would have known, if it was spotted, as Playmofire said, it looks like a feature
 
Bill Barnwell

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Think it looks great, I neither have the ability or patients to do master crafter work but like you enjoy what I do do not to say it's dodo just don't turn mine over, if looks good from where I'm standing then it good to go. Nice job and the new stack adds a lot, Bill
 
Paul2727

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Glad to have been of service.
Regards,
Paul.