super detail "train set" on a super budget?

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Re: super detail "train set" on a super budget?

Postby Michaelaface » Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:52 pm

Emettman wrote:
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how hard are traversers to build? I've never actually properly looked into it because I was never sure I'd be able to fit one?


Not to difficult at all, once you get the assembly in the right order. Ultra critical measurements can usually be avoided (although some revel in them).
You know about the story of the perfect archer? His trick was to paint in the target around the arrow wherever it hit.

One option for a traverser the size needed here would be a pair of second-hand slide rules. Smooth and precise.

Chris.


yeah ill definitely consider it, have you seen the fiddle yard for the copenhagen fields layout? where instead of track they just have brass strips, I also really like the look of that idea, would make putting stock on the track a lot easier too

In other news I've bought some of peco's individulay track parts and they look really good (now that C&L parts are a bit harder to obtain and more expensive) now the chairs are pandrol ones so if you wanted to be prototypical the era would be modernisation times onwards, I cant imagine it being too long before peco introduce bullhead chairs though,

going to have a go at building some track and points with these parts, will post my results!


another idea I've had, maybe a potential "challenge" thread in here, would be to build a layout (of any kind) with 2 goals, costs low as possible and no RTR objects, the challenge being to push everyones abilities (its more something i wanna do but it feels better if other people do it too so its kind of a shared experience and also helps with the learning) this idea falls down a bit when it comes to steam locos, because I cannot find a way to build one with out the costs pushing it close or above the price of an RTR equivalent, the costs mostly coming from wheelsets and motors + parts, anyone have ideas on how to reduce those costs?

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Re: super detail "train set" on a super budget?

Postby flying scotsman123 » Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:00 pm

Michaelaface wrote:because I cannot find a way to build one with out the costs pushing it close or above the price of an RTR equivalent, the costs mostly coming from wheelsets and motors + parts, anyone have ideas on how to reduce those costs?


Basically you need a spares box! Plus a bit of luck, and imagination. I'm sure Mountain will be along to say it's much cheaper to go freelance but that doesn't appeal to everyone. But it can be done. This is an NSR 2-4-0 work in progress:

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The motor and chassis block (substantially cut down) is from a Hornby 0-4-0 which can be picked up very cheaply, especially if the bodies are broken, which of course doesn't matter. The wheels were a bit of luck in that I had them all already in a box kept "just in case" but depending on size you can pick up some relatively cheaply if you rifle through bits boxes at exhibitions or look out for Hornby spares - I agree buying direct from Alan Gibson, Markits or Romfords is expensive. The wheelsets for the tender I found in a stand at the steam gala for £1. The buffers were a couple of £ but other than that everything is plasticard, various sizes of wire or miliput. Even if buying the wheels instead of finding them, I shouldn't think this should come to more than £40, much nicer than many equivalent RTR locos of this size you could buy second hand.
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Re: super detail "train set" on a super budget?

Postby Mountain » Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:13 pm

Regarding scratchbuilding. Here is what I did. I started with building a Smallbrook Studio 7mm narrow gauge kit and didnt have any stock to run with it. I just wanted cheap and cheerful. I gathered together the scrappy 00 gauge wagons and bits and pieces that I'd accumulated over the years and thought "Why not. I've nothing to lose!" and went from there. When I could afford a kit I'd buy one,but most of my efforts were to use up what I had going spare.
Something else helped me and this came in the form of freelanceing. Why keep to a prototype? Why not make your own little railway? No one can look at something you've made and say "That's not right" as how do they know? As long as your locomotive has the basic components (E.g., a steam locomotive needs water storage and if a longer distance loco, it needs fuel storage (E.g. coal or wood or oil etc, and a diesel loco has an engine with a radiator, and a fuel tank etc... ). I think if you go down the freelance route it is very liberating as it gets you thinking how real locomotives and stock are made and why they are made that way. In a way you can learn more through a freelance model, then if you'd copied a prototype.

My origional plan to go into 7mm narrow gauge as a sideline to 00 gauge has changed. Now my efforts are with 7mm narrow gauge, and my 00 gauge is stored away! I didnt see that one coming. :lol:

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Re: super detail "train set" on a super budget?

Postby Michaelaface » Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:33 pm

Yeah had a brief scan of eBay and found some decent wheels, would be more preferable if there were a more regular way to get them aside from chance luck

And yeah this freelance idea sounds great, can really let my imagination run wild, recently discovered a layout on YouTube called quintopia and it looks absolutely fantastic

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Re: super detail "train set" on a super budget?

Postby Mountain » Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:40 am

I had a look at that. Its nice.
Regarding wheels. All depends what one hopes to make. The standard 0-4-0 Hornby wheels may not look brill, but they do work well and that's why I like them. For the price you can't go wrong with the 0-4-0's as they can be brought to run nicely if one pays careful attention to the wheels and pickups. You will find, that if you buy a Smallbrook kit that has external cylinders as part of the footplate moulding, that you can combine a modern Hornby 0-4-0 Smokey Joe or GWR type chassis onto a later Triang metal frame. There will be a lot of work cutting the frame weight and drilling (Milling/grinding!) a hole or two through the mazak material of the weights so you can mount the chassis to the body, and there will also be a bit of work to remove material from the resin body kit to make the motor work with the new chassis assembly, but once completed with new pickups made, it is such a rigid free running chassis that it is worth the many evenings of graft to get it to work. It is not a quick conversion by any means. It took me two evenings to drill holes to mount the body to the chassis, and cut the chassis weight down. This loco has had this done to it. If anything, it is a bit too heavy as it just doesn't wheelspin even when it pulled a rake of ten 00 gauge coaches. Why I'm going to look for brass gears for it in case it shreads its nylon gears. It hasn't done so as yet, though I want to make sure!
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Re: super detail "train set" on a super budget?

Postby Michaelaface » Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:47 pm

you both have created excellent loco's btw, and helped show me some of my goals are achievable! although it does seem like it'll have to be via cannibalising ebay bargains

also made loads of progress regarding the track, so I bought some of that peco individulay to see what it'd be like to use and how it would compare to the copperclad method, and after a few hours work I have created this! I'm very pleased with how this turned out considering this is my first attempt at building a point using plastic components, I'd say, although it requires a more complex construction than simply soldering rails to pcb strips, building using plastic parts was actually easier, and obviously it looks a million times better, I highly recommend giving this a go if you're interested in building your own track!

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Re: super detail "train set" on a super budget?

Postby Mountain » Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:59 pm

Excellent work.
I do have a reason for making my own points with PCB sleepers. It is not that I dont have 00 gauge points, but it is more that I can make points which cost me less then £1 in materials. (It will probably be more like 50p).
It was the cost of new track when I didnt have the funds which had me make my own, as I did have a lot of 00 gauge track which I could use. And this is what I did. :)

[What I've not said about making my own points, is that though it is cheap, it is time consuming, usually a good few hours work per point].

The point you've made is impressive. It looks like code 75. I've never tried Peco Individualay.

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Re: super detail "train set" on a super budget?

Postby Michaelaface » Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:15 pm

Mountain wrote:Excellent work.
I do have a reason for making my own points with PCB sleepers. It is not that I dont have 00 gauge points, but it is more that I can make points which cost me less then £1 in materials. (It will probably be more like 50p).
It was the cost of new track when I didnt have the funds which had me make my own, as I did have a lot of 00 gauge track which I could use. And this is what I did. :)

[What I've not said about making my own points, is that though it is cheap, it is time consuming, usually a good few hours work per point].


oh im not knocking the PCB method, as that can cost practically nothing, just when I've made them I've never really been happy with my results, probably due to lack of experience, but since discovering plastic weld, working with plastic seems to have become my forte

plus these parts didnt really cost that much, one pack of each thing cost in total £24 and I've got loads left

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Re: super detail "train set" on a super budget?

Postby Mountain » Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:20 pm

What do you get in a pack? Is interesting stuff. :)

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Re: super detail "train set" on a super budget?

Postby Michaelaface » Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:25 pm

here's what I bought, aside from the rails which were about £9 for some reason everything else was £3-4

only thing I'm probably going to need more of is the slide chairs

and one thing that annoys me is there seems to be so much waste plastic with all the sprues

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Re: super detail "train set" on a super budget?

Postby Mountain » Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:45 pm

Normally there will be a lot of waste spruces. They are actually recyclable depending on the type of plastic used.

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Re: super detail "train set" on a super budget?

Postby Bufferstop » Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:32 pm

Making a difference to the Hornby 0-4-0 would be so much easier if Mr Ultrascale would release his Triang motor bogie gear and worm as an item, or just tell us where he gets the nylatron worm there's a Hornby gear that meshes with them. I have the pair working in one of my 0-4-0s.
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Re: super detail "train set" on a super budget?

Postby Mountain » Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:33 pm

I know metal particles can be sold to add to resin so one can in effect make an almost metal part. I believe brass is popular. Never tried it. Was thinking that it may work. Justg not a cheap experiment...


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