Tuesday, January 13, 2015

My first scratchbuilt locomotive

My scratchbuilt loco

In the same box as my first model loco, I also found my first efforts at scratchbuilding a locomotive.

Based pretty accurately on a plan in a magazine for a Hunslet loco I now can't identify (I've looked but the piece of paper eludes me) the body is made from plasticard as I lacked the ability to work metal finely enough.

The chassis is a couple of brass strips and the surprisingly free-running wheels, Romford, also the makers of the gears. A cheapo motor was supposed to provide the go but as it's no longer in there, I assume I couldn't make the set-up perform as well as I had dreamed. I still can't mesh gears for toffee so nothing much has changed although I suspect it didn't matter much as the motor was so high-reving it would never perform at the crawl of my railway modelling friends kit built locos of the time.

There's a bit of sophistication here - the handrail knobs would have been a major purchase on my pocket money. Buffers are nails with wider heads glued on. Hand rails show some early less than perfect soldering.

My scratchbuilt loco 2

I didn't do a bad job with the wasp-stripe buffer beams. Maybe I remembered to mask and paint before putting the buffers on, something I still don't get right nowadays.

I can't remember how old I was when I built this but I'd guess around 15 or 16. The modelling has come on a bit but if I find that plan, it would be fun to have another go at building this prototype so I could see how far I've progressed over the years.

5 comments:

James Finister said...

Are you sure it isn't a Hudswell Clarke?

Phil Parker said...

Good thinking. I think it's a Hudswell Clarke 0-4-0DH, just like this one: http://www.pontypool-and-blaenavon.co.uk/pages/enthusiasts/StockItem.aspx?id=27

Christopher said...

Bravo on how many years ago?!

Christopher

Phil Parker said...

Scary - nearly 30. Time flies when you are having fun...

Christopher said...

I used the same idea for buffer heads when I scratch-built an LSWR-ish coach in styrene even more years ago. (Still not finished!) I used some tacks fitted into empty ball point pen tubes. I think I even tried to spring the buffers...

(Another Christopher!)