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Completed models - just out of interest

Completed models - just out of interest

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Bill Chugg24/03/2019 08:04:15
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Once I have completed something like a small 45mm loco or a Polly type boiler or a stuart 10 h I find it a new home. I usually end up giving it away.

The challenge to me was in the making of it ie can I do it ?

Keeping it and using it or putting it on a shelf to admire has no appeal what so ever.

Any other members do the same ?

Bill

Brian H24/03/2019 08:54:04
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I have a friend who is the same Bill, he enjoys making but loses interest once the model is finished and test run.

I'm not quite the same, I have made 3 road vehicles and enjoyed running them at shows but then they needed to be sold to finance the next one.

The 1 1/2 inch Burrell Boydell T.E. that I'm currently working on will be kept as will the 1 1/2 inch Fowell Box engine that is scheduled as the follow up.

One problem with keeping several large models is that you run out of space to store them.

Brian

Bill Chugg24/03/2019 09:03:09
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Thanks reply Brian - good to know that I am not unique.

Just googled Burell Boydell T E as it was a new one on me.

I found your build - very interesting and can well see why you will be keeping it.

Bill

Thor24/03/2019 10:12:26
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Hi Bill,

I have kept some of the model steam engines I have made, other I have given to friends. Occasionally I run the models just for fun.

Thor

duncan webster24/03/2019 11:14:35
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Run them often enough to prove they work, then in a box or glass case and on with the next one. Running therm wears them out, and going round in circles behind a little puffer gets wearisome after a while. I still need to do a mod to the last loco, as it has a tall chimney I just poked the blower in through the side like a hockey stick. It howls when pulling hard, but it works, so the muse hasn't struck yet. Clocks are a different thing of course, they just keep on running, but mine are very simple.

Mick B124/03/2019 12:18:59
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I hope that mine will become venerated family Holy Relics when I croak.

Like my Uncle Geoff's sandcast bronze Boulton Paul Defiant ashtray, if only I could remember where it is, or whether it's me who last had it ...

John Alexander Stewart24/03/2019 14:31:09
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I echo these thoughts.

I agree with Duncan, which is why maybe we have a disagreement on the Tich locomotive - for me, getting it to go around in circles, pulling me and possibly another body, is a challenge. My larger 3-1/2" gauge 2-8-2 is much less fun, and weighs in at close to 10x what Tich does. And, with Tich, it gets plugged up after 10 minutes of running, so time to take a break and socialize.

I've finished my 3-1/2" gauge Shay locomotive, currently sitting in a glass case in our living room, and I doubt it'll get much use, if any. Nice to look at, though.

Like Thor - I just gave away a ST steam pump to a friend to get him kickstarted in stationary models, after he sold his large 7-1/4" one. He'll use it, I certainly won't.

I don't think I was always this way, so I accept that there are many ways to enjoy this hobby, so however one gets satisfaction from model engineering is fine by me.

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Edited By John Alexander Stewart on 24/03/2019 14:32:33

Bill Chugg24/03/2019 15:19:16
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John

The Shay looks superb - pleased you posted it.

The challenge of doing something I enjoy as you said.

I turned some 3 inch diameter aluminium 6mm wall tube today on my unimat 3 to size and length. I could have used my Sieg 3 no problem but finding out if it could be done on the 3 was the challenge .

So it took a lot more time and effort but there you go.

Bill

Jon Lawes24/03/2019 16:35:36
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I quite like refining things after I've built them, an improvement here, a tweak there. Nothing is ever truly finished.

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