Itty witty bitty little train !

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Itty witty bitty little train !

Postby Mark » Sun Nov 30, 2014 3:37 pm

I'm blaming MODENAMAN for this. His fault entirely. I was happy not having these, until I knew they existed !! But of course, now I know they exist, I just HAD to have one !!

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You get three brass frets. The first has 4 locos, and 6 tenders (perhaps a rail guru could explain why you'd have more tenders than locos ?)

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The second fret has a stack of rolling stock.

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And the third fret has a couple of scale miles of track.

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The instructions are simplistic, as you'd expect.

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I also got another set which has a couple of locos, rolling stock and track all on one fret.

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There are even people on this fret ! even if they do look a little 2 dimensional.

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Finally, I also got a German Railgun, K5(E) Leopold. You get two models in the pack, including one fret of parts, one fret of track, two nice turned brass barrels, and some decals.

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Wish me luck !!
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Re: Itty witty bitty little train !

Postby chill » Sun Nov 30, 2014 4:52 pm

Good luck.

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Re: Itty witty bitty little train !

Postby Mustang » Sun Nov 30, 2014 6:30 pm

Just what Chill says Good luck :o
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Re: Itty witty bitty little train !

Postby Gundog » Sun Nov 30, 2014 7:42 pm

The Carpet Monster will get it :angry-devil:
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Re: Itty witty bitty little train !

Postby Mark » Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:55 pm

Lucky there are three spare locos :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Itty witty bitty little train !

Postby Manoverboard » Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:16 pm

All of the above ! Mark that is veeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyy small :angry-banghead:
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Re: Itty witty bitty little train !

Postby Mark » Tue Dec 02, 2014 5:36 am

Ok, let's make a start !! Dried frog pills and straight jacket at the ready !!

Here's the parts that make up the tender.

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And the four parts assemble to this. It's actually well designed. The central divider has some long tabs, and these locate through the tender body, through the base, and through the wheel/bogies. Everything lines up nice and neatly.

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The fooplate is a complicated part that needs very delicate handling.

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After about 10 folds it looks like this

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The cab is a bit of a devil to fold. The roof fell off, and did NOT want to be glued back on. There is a line on the footplate to help get the can in the right position - good thinking by the designer.

You have to supply your own boiler :o It's just a length of 2.5mm rod. I used plastic, but you could use brass if you wanted.

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Now it really starts to get difficult. There is a little box just in front of the cab, which wasn't too bad to make, and the pipework that covers the boiler. Very very fiddly to get somewhere vaguely near the right position.

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Finally, wheels and a chimney are added. There is even a bit of valve gear to go on the outside of the wheels, not that you can see it. It is there, honest !!
The instructions didn't mention a funnel at all, so I just added one from a bit of 0.5mm plastic rod.

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Finally, the completed loco and tender, which just about fits on an OXO cube......

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I shall try again to see if I can make a neater job of the next one, and perhaps even paint it - that's if the air brush doesn't blow it away :?
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Re: Itty witty bitty little train !

Postby royjess » Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:06 pm

Holy smoke, how small are they?

You must have good eye sight and a steady hand :lol:

Now how do you fit an electric motor in one? :lol:

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Re: Itty witty bitty little train !

Postby Mark » Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:34 pm

Thanks Roy, actually I was trying to work out how to pressure test the boiler........
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Re: Itty witty bitty little train !

Postby Mustang » Wed Dec 03, 2014 6:14 pm

That's just toooooo small for me, well done Mark on getting this far with them :clap:
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Re: Itty witty bitty little train !

Postby Paul » Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:22 pm

Mark wrote:Thanks Roy, actually I was trying to work out how to pressure test the boiler........

:laughing-rolling: ever the perfectionist Mark !!!!!! :) :) :)
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Re: Itty witty bitty little train !

Postby Mark » Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:36 pm

I'm thinking about a diorama. Chill suggested a snow scene, which has possibilities :think:

Can I enter one of these in the Xmas comp ? It fits well inside the price bracket, especially if you divide the kit cost by the number of locos :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Itty witty bitty little train !

Postby casper » Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:32 am

Holy smoke they are teeny weeny :o , these would send me over the edge for sure :)
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Re: Itty witty bitty little train !

Postby Mark » Tue Dec 09, 2014 1:46 pm

On the bright side - No Decals !!!
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Re: Itty witty bitty little train !

Postby Mustang » Tue Dec 09, 2014 2:30 pm

Mark wrote:I'm thinking about a diorama. Chill suggested a snow scene, which has possibilities :think:

Can I enter one of these in the Xmas comp ? It fits well inside the price bracket, especially if you divide the kit cost by the number of locos :laughing-rolling:


Diorama, at that size you could do a full city interchange in a small area.

It might fit the price bracket for each, but the skill level would be more then a airfix 3. :)
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Re: Itty witty bitty little train !

Postby Mark » Tue Dec 09, 2014 2:49 pm

There isn't any rule about complexity. The rule (unless Paul's changed it ?) is Airfix series three or equivalent price.
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Re: Itty witty bitty little train !

Postby Mustang » Tue Dec 09, 2014 3:36 pm

Hi Mark, I wasn't thinking of the complexity more the skill you had in dealing with the very very teeing weenie parts. :)

I tried a 1/72 brass kit, it ended up with Morrigan.
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Re: Itty witty bitty little train !

Postby Mark » Tue Dec 09, 2014 3:57 pm

I'm a rank amateur compared to some of our members here !
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Re: Itty witty bitty little train !

Postby BigG » Tue Dec 09, 2014 4:42 pm

Excellent work, what patience you have. What scale are they? Well deserved K on way :clap: just noticed 1/700 in large photo :doh:
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Re: Itty witty bitty little train !

Postby davetwin » Tue Dec 09, 2014 5:22 pm

Fantastic work on such a small scale, well deserving of a K
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