Something On Rails Made From Lollypop Sticks And Tea Stirers Challenge Thread.

Have any questions or tips and advice on how to build those bits that don't come ready made.
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Something On Rails Made From Lollypop Sticks And Tea Stirers Challenge Thread.

Postby Mountain » Sat Feb 29, 2020 7:16 pm

This is just a bit of fun. A thread about making something on rails like a waggon or a carriage etc out of lollypop sticks and tea/coffee stirers.

You can use your own wheels and couplings in your desired scale, but the basic idea is to make as much of it as possible from lollypop sticks and tea stirers.

This is a challenge rather then a competition. It is more about the fun of the building, so why not give it a go?

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Re: Something On Rails Made From Lollypop Sticks And Tea Stirers Challenge Thread.

Postby Jules » Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:17 pm

Sounds like a fun idea to me, Mountain! Count me in! As someone who has only just made her first layout, I'm very eager to try scratchbuilding for the first time and using natural and simple mediums, putting something of yourself into what can turn out to be something quite special, from examples I've seen. Can't wait to start :) !

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Re: Something On Rails Made From Lollypop Sticks And Tea Stirers Challenge Thread.

Postby Mountain » Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:31 pm

Nice. I know you are looking at 7mm narrow gauge. Do you want some approximate maximum dimentions for width and height?

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Re: Something On Rails Made From Lollypop Sticks And Tea Stirers Challenge Thread.

Postby Jules » Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:39 pm

Sure. That would be helpful!

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Re: Something On Rails Made From Lollypop Sticks And Tea Stirers Challenge Thread.

Postby Mountain » Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:08 am

Approximate 45mm wide if one does not take account of guards duckets (Add about 5mm each side extra for duckets if used), and about 64mm from railheight to the normal roof line if one does not take roof fittings or guards lookouts into account.
Waggons can be made tiny or large. Most were small. Take a look at my thread for ideas, or look at sites advertizing Peco or the Smallbrook Studio sites as they may give ideas and dimentions etc. Is a good idea as well as it means the dimentions will be similar to the kits, so if you buy some kits they will all work together well.
Having said that, narrow gauge had lots of odd sizes in the same train (Within reason). So you don't need to be exact. Thinner and smaller, or to the max dimentions. As long as they look right.

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Re: Something On Rails Made From Lollypop Sticks And Tea Stirers Challenge Thread.

Postby Jules » Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:27 am

Thanks so much, Mountain. Very helpful! Yes, I was basing my measurements on those of Smallbrook Studio's. Looking forward to beginning this challenge, once my bits and pieces have arrived in the post this week.

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Re: Something On Rails Made From Lollypop Sticks And Tea Stirers Challenge Thread.

Postby Mountain » Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:26 pm

I've made a start. I am making it up as I go along! So far I am working on the floor. I have had to "Crop" the photos to get them to fit.
I placed four lollypop sticks wide and glued a stirer to the outer two at roughly 90 degrees. The centre two lollypop sticks were then removed. The cross piece is just to hold things together while construction commences. The two lollypop stick gap is the width I need for where the wheels will go. I am soo used to not seeing millimetres on rulers the last few years, that now I have glasses for reading with, I rarely bother to measure. Why measure when you don't have to?
Next, I glued two sides onto the outer of the lollypop sticks...
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I think we are looking at the underside of the creation. Guessing how things will pan out is rather fun isn't it. I don't know if it will all work as yet. We shall see.
To anyone who may not know, I am working in 7mm narrow gauge so the scale does help, but anyone else who wants to join us in any scale, feel free!

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Re: Something On Rails Made From Lollypop Sticks And Tea Stirers Challenge Thread.

Postby Jules » Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:29 pm

Looking great, Mountain 8)!

I have a few photos though nothing's entirely finished until tomorrow...

Using ice lolly(paddlepop sticks in Aus lingo :)), tea stirrers, brass nails, Dalpol couplings and wheels bought from Smallbrook Studio online, black thread to tie the coupling onto the carriage, wood glue, trusty Rolson craft knife and a dremmel(for drilling and cutting), this small Puffing Billy-style people carriage, has been made in one afternoon so far, and should hopefully be completed tomorrow. The roof is made from coco pops box cardboard. A whole lot of fun(ie blood, sweat n tears went into her :) but she's worth it) It would be good to use sheets of mahogany as it's strong yet thin, and good detail could be achieved with that ...

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***Note the blood on the wagon top(yes, REAL blood, sweat n tears went into her :P!

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Re: Something On Rails Made From Lollypop Sticks And Tea Stirers Challenge Thread.

Postby Mountain » Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:40 pm

Very nice!

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Re: Something On Rails Made From Lollypop Sticks And Tea Stirers Challenge Thread.

Postby Jules » Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:56 pm

Thanks Mountain.

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Re: Something On Rails Made From Lollypop Sticks And Tea Stirers Challenge Thread.

Postby Mountain » Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:53 am

I see you have chosen 00 gauge. I must say that those buffers look effective.

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Re: Something On Rails Made From Lollypop Sticks And Tea Stirers Challenge Thread.

Postby Mountain » Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:02 am

Next comes a start on the floor. I then removed the stick used just to hold everything in place.
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Re: Something On Rails Made From Lollypop Sticks And Tea Stirers Challenge Thread.

Postby Mountain » Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:59 am

After using my new mini circular saw attachment, and also my mini sander, I have this.. (One can also use hand tools to do the same job. Having fancy tools just makes little jobs quicker).
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So I now have a useful base to build the rest of my waggon onto. (Can you tell that I am making this up as I go along? :lol: ).

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Re: Something On Rails Made From Lollypop Sticks And Tea Stirers Challenge Thread.

Postby Jules » Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:22 pm

Looking magnifique 8)! Seriously, that is one neat job you’ve done there! Love it! I’ve just finished painting the little carriage. Back later with an update.

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Re: Something On Rails Made From Lollypop Sticks And Tea Stirers Challenge Thread.

Postby Mountain » Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:28 pm

It is what I call "Good enough". :lol:


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