A cheeky Gn15 diesel

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A cheeky Gn15 diesel

Postby SR/ScR Fan » Thu Aug 20, 2015 1:53 pm

Afternoon all,

I normally model North American HO, but I have also been bitten by the Gn15 bug.

I decided to scratch build a little diesel.

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Made from 2 mm art card to a freelance design (made it up as I went along!). Using spares and sprue from an old Revell kit (fuel tank and exhaust), electric guitar bridge saddles for the axle boxes and styrene for the leaf springs, and weathered with Tamiya powders.

The mechanism is a modified battery powered toy train mech (trainset in a tin), wheels converted to 33" HO wheelsets.

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Layout planning is under way!

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Re: A cheeky Gn15 diesel

Postby End2end » Thu Aug 20, 2015 1:56 pm

HA! Brilliant :D
Youv'e got to love those little yard engines.
Looking forward to seeing your layout develop. Have you an idea for it yet?
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Re: A cheeky Gn15 diesel

Postby SR/ScR Fan » Thu Aug 20, 2015 2:07 pm

Hi End2end,

Yes they are charming! I don't think this will be the last one I build.

A rough plan:

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Just a little roundy roundy, 26" by 15". I have some O-16.5 track left over from a previous adventure. Style will possibly be a small estate railway.

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Re: A cheeky Gn15 diesel

Postby End2end » Thu Aug 20, 2015 2:16 pm

That's the thing I have found with Gn15. Most layouts lend themselves to atmosphere rather than lots of rolling stock so less is indeed more. :)
I will be watching with keen interest. Not a scale I would model in as I am (so far) more of a RTR man and I don't think there is much in the way of RTR in Gn15? But what do I know lol. A great start SC/ScR fan. I even went and looked at the Train in a tin sets too :D
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Re: A cheeky Gn15 diesel

Postby SR/ScR Fan » Fri Aug 21, 2015 3:03 pm

I don't believe there is any RTR in Gn15. Plenty of kits available but most people scratchbuild rolling stock.

The only RTR items are vehicles and people, if you stick to 1:24 for example.

I'm going to buy another train set in a tin for another chassis.

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Re: Tilley Estate Railway

Postby SR/ScR Fan » Sun Sep 13, 2015 8:02 pm

I got a lot of work done in the last 24 hours...

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What do you guys think?

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Re: A cheeky Gn15 diesel

Postby Bufferstop » Sun Sep 13, 2015 10:04 pm

Looks like fun. I wonder if I can find a suitably sized Santa and some reindeer.
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Re: A cheeky Gn15 diesel

Postby Streaks and Teaks » Tue Sep 15, 2015 10:40 pm

Looks great, how long does the battery last for?

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Re: A cheeky Gn15 diesel

Postby b308 » Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:19 am

There's a growing band of 009 modellers that are using Radio Control for operation, I'd have thought their stuff should be able to fit in the Gn15 bodies. If you sign up to NGRM-Online forum and search it they have a fair bit on Radio Control in (tiny!) models!

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Re: A cheeky Gn15 diesel

Postby SR/ScR Fan » Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:14 pm

Thanks bufferstop. Be quick, christmas isn't far off!

The battery lasts about 4 hours or so.

I already have some radio control 16mm scale stuff, but Gn15 remote control has been done. I'm not planning to try it on this little plank.

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Re: A cheeky Gn15 diesel

Postby Mountain » Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:31 pm

SR/ScR Fan wrote:Afternoon all,

I normally model North American HO, but I have also been bitten by the Gn15 bug.

I decided to scratch build a little diesel.

Image

Made from 2 mm art card to a freelance design (made it up as I went along!). Using spares and sprue from an old Revell kit (fuel tank and exhaust), electric guitar bridge saddles for the axle boxes and styrene for the leaf springs, and weathered with Tamiya powders.

The mechanism is a modified battery powered toy train mech (trainset in a tin), wheels converted to 33" HO wheelsets.

Image

Layout planning is under way!

Very good. Never seen one of those little battery locos converted like this. I know in standard form they are reliable and can take a battering as I used to have one as a kid in the early to mid 1980's. It was only the plastic track which was more vunerable. The price I've seen these sets when not in a tin (The tin doubles the price) are amazingly cheap for what they are. I saw one small set for around £2 new. They just chug along hour after hour.. Battery after battery... Nice little things. Cheap but impressive. Love what you've done to it as well. Well done.
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