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RICHARD WILLS 321/01/2020 17:36:03
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Hello Chaps Ive made a wooden display Locomotive in Guage 3 , Its just over three feet long with a the idea of having a bit of wow factor to put on the mantle piece . I am going to make a second one so wondered if you would be interested in watching the build ? I was inspired by the fabulous Pitchford hall which is at the Epping and Ongar Railway. The Cracking chaps that run it , Dean and Tony , let me have really good look and were incredibly helpful with advice . I know they are running it at half term so if the weather is dry get down there for a treat , hall p7.jpg

RICHARD WILLS 321/01/2020 20:24:49
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RICHARD WILLS 322/01/2020 12:25:33
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I normally make model aircraft from scratch , but I guess i have always liked big steam locos . I cant afford a live steam model , nor do I have the time or equipment to make one . But I did want to be able to admire those gorgeous lines in something much bigger than 00 or 0 gauge.

I made the first prototype in foam board about two years ago . it was about 30" long and quite simple , but it inspired me to try to go to the next level . At the same time I discovered that ready made track was available from Cliff Barker at the 3 gauge society , so that if I scaled up a bit , I could sit my model on realistic track .

I am cutting some more sets off parts to do an on line build which I should be able to start in about ten days for those that are interested .

Im not sure if any will be interested so in the mean time let me know if you'd like to see one come together .


SteveW22/01/2020 21:02:12
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Looks good to me! And I quite like the natural finish. I would like to see more. Were the parts laser cut?


RICHARD WILLS 322/01/2020 22:39:32
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Yes Steve , the parts are laser cut the first one was hand cut in 3mm foam board and then the parts were re drawn for the laser cutter . I have a friend who has always cut my designs for me . The beauty of having the files ready to laser cut means that changing detail or even scaling up or down is a doddle . I have another one that has at least 50% resin parts which I made in a latex mould . That has rivets and other details all moulded in . Its currently finished in GWR colours.

Having said that , I took them both to a model railway exhibition at the weekend and it is the wooden one that gets more attention . The wooden version jig tabs together because I wanted my 14 year old godson to be able to make one . Some of my model aircraft designs have been turned into long running kits by my friend in the past , so I may not rule that out based on response I got at the weekend . Either way , its a fun project , hall2-17.jpg

Paul Kemp22/01/2020 22:58:55
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Looks good, nice to see something different. Are the wheels laminated to form the flange?


Jeff Dayman23/01/2020 00:14:07
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Very nice work Richard! I'd be interested to see some build progress photos / descriptions.

RICHARD WILLS 323/01/2020 13:18:54
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Thanks for taking an interest Paul and Jeff . The wheels are laser cut in three pieces . The flange at the back is 1mm flat version with spokes , The middle (or meat of the sandwich ) is about 3mm with spokes that match the flanged version but is of a lesser diameter ,and finally there is a fine 1mm rim that goes on the front to give the wheel depth , They take seconds to assemble but look interesting thanks to the shadow effect of the laser. I have also used the same file to make resin versions and 3d print versions so that I can experiment with finish .

The funny thing about the model is that you forget how big it is , until you put it next to a Hornby 00 version . Imagine if we could have had train sets this size when we were kids !hallp5.jpg

Bill Chugg23/01/2020 13:35:11
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Please do post the build


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