ToyTrain Diesel to Ugly Duckling .....

ge_rik

ge_rik

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Some of you may recall that when I was testing various combinations of Arduino radio control systems, I used a bright blue off-the-shelf LGB ToyTrain diesel loco. I bought that a few years ago with the intention of either bashing into something appropriate for the PLR or using its motor block as a spare for when others gave the the ghost.

In the end, I decided it was actually quite useful as a test-bed loco, as the body simply clips on to the chassis, thereby making it ideal for testing various control and power arrangements. I therefore have decided to do a quick and dirty conversion. Rather than just a repaint, I wanted it to look appropriate for 1930s setting. So, windows were replaced with spectacles, doors fitted, buffer beams added and a bit of tinkering with the radiator grilles. Oh, and lots and lots of rivets. I felt if anything was going to age her, then rivets were the way!

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She's ended-up looking a bit gawky, but somehow I think that adds to her appeal and makes he look more in period.

Still more work to do - I need to add a few features such as an exhaust pipe, air intake(s), spectacle rings, door handles, grab-rails and maybe some running-board clutter. I'm also considering adding a layshaft and fly-cranks. And I want to weather her - make her look as if she's been pottering around since the end of WW1.

Just out of interest - if the diesel engine is under the larger bonnet - what would be under the smaller one, do you think? If she was a DM, would it have been the gearbox?

Rik
 
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Zerogee

Zerogee

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Very nice, Rik - did you count the rivets...? :D

Under the small bonnet? I'd guess maybe fuel tank, possibly battery (although they might put that somewhere more easily accessible) and any other necessary mechanical gubbins.... I'd have thought the gearbox would be on the back of the motor.

Looking forward to seeing it again after adding the details and weathering... lots of rust...?

Jon.
 
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A major change and nicely done. Maybe useful for an armoured train sometime.
 
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PhilP

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Small bonnet:
Compressor?
Vacuum Pump?
(both for train-brakes)
Fuel tank, would have to go somewhere?

Are you sure, there are enough rivets? :think: :giggle:
 
Rhinochugger

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Absolutely riveting ;);)
 
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simon@mgr

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You can never have too many rivets......
 
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Blackreed

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Very nicely done
 
Henri

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One for the rivet counters...

What did you use for the rivets? I’m still looking for opportunities.
 
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neat job Rik......oh no, there it is......a missing rivet! First "green" photo, upper left corner of the bonnet........BTW, love the round window inserts....perfectly smooth, no gaps showing.
tom
 
ge_rik

ge_rik

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ge_rik

ge_rik

British narrow gauge (esp. Southwold and W&LLR)
24 Oct 2009
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177
Cheshire
www.riksrailway.blogspot.com
neat job Rik......oh no, there it is......a missing rivet! First "green" photo, upper left corner of the bonnet........BTW, love the round window inserts....perfectly smooth, no gaps showing.
tom
Of course, I left that one off deliberately to see if anyone was paying attention ....... :think:

Rik
 
PhilP

PhilP

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Of course, I left that one off deliberately to see if anyone was paying attention ....... :think:

Rik
Yeah, but.......................

You should have drilled the hole, and added the rust! :p

:giggle::giggle::giggle:
 
ge_rik

ge_rik

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Yeah, but.......................

You should have drilled the hole, and added the rust! :p

:giggle::giggle::giggle:
Yes, but weathering is phase three (after detailing in phase 2) ...... ;)

Rik
 
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