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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 ?


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.


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.


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.


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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77 photos

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.



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

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


Jon Lawes24/03/2019 16:35:36
352 forum posts

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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