Monday, 5 January 2015

Going Loco: Part 8: Update

I have continued to work on my cheap train set conversions and now have:

Two 0-6-0 locomotives


Two 0-4-0 locomotives


One armoured locomotive


Five flatbed wagons


Three high-sided wagons


Two armoured wagons


(The turret fitted to the right-hand armoured wagon came from my spares box, and began life as the main armament of a model of an American Ashville-class patrol boat.)

One railway gun


(The railway gun's armament was made from bits and pieces of Plasticard tubing and girders. The design is based upon a French railway gun that was used during the First World War, but it is suitably generic to used with most late nineteenth/early twentieth century wargames armies.)

I still have several of the cheap train sets as yet unopened ... and hope to buy some more if I can as I have lots of ideas for further conversions. In the meantime I need to paint the conversions that I have already made, although I would like to replace the existing couplings before I do so.

20 comments:

  1. Very impressed with your conversions , Tony

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  2. A.W. Kitchen (Tony),

    Many thanks for your kind words. I hope that the conversions will look even more impressive when they are painted.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  3. Those look really good!
    Encouraged me to finish my armoured loco and gun car that I have been working on over Christmas
    Ian

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  4. Once they are covered with paint to tie them together will make what you have created even better!

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  5. Ian Dury,

    I am very pleased with the way they have turned out so far ... and a drop of paint should improve them no end!

    I look forward to seeing how your conversions look once they are done.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  6. Tomo,

    I totally agree that a unifying paint scheme should improve the overall impression of my conversions.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  7. They look superb, can't wait to see them painted. Have you decided on a scheme for them yet?

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  8. Johntheone,

    Thanks very much.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  9. Pete,

    Many thanks for your kind words.

    I am thinking about painting the non-military locomotives black and the rolling stock brown with black underframes. The armoured locomotive, wagons, and railway gun will be green.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  10. Will look good in those colours- kept generic too gives it more flexibility too.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  11. Pete,

    That's what I thought. If I do any more conversions in the future, I might use some other paint colours, but for the moment I am going to stick to simple, generic colours.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  12. The Dancing CakeTin,

    Thanks very much! It has been a very enjoyable project so far.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  13. Are they likely to make an appearance at COW?

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  14. Nigel Drury,

    No plans as yet ... but you never know.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  15. Bob - I have just e-mailed you a Word document with pictures of the wagons I have made so far and some notes of how I made them. Please let me know that it has all arrived okay
    Ian

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  16. Ian Dury,

    Thanks very much for the document. Your conversions are much more extensive than mine and look very impressive. I look forward to seeing them when they are painted.

    All the best,

    Bob

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