Ugly Duckling Diesel

What is your latest project?
Post Reply
User avatar
ge_rik
Driver
Driver
Posts: 2770
Joined: Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:20 pm
Location: Cheshire
Contact:

Ugly Duckling Diesel

Post by ge_rik » Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:47 pm

Some of you may recall that when I was testing various combinations of Arduino radio control systems, I used a bright blue off-the-shelf LGB ToyTrain diesel loco. I bought that a few years ago with the intention of either bashing into something appropriate for the PLR or using its motor block as a spare for when others gave the the ghost.
DSCI3109.JPG
In the end, I decided it was actually quite useful as a test-bed loco, as the body simply clips on to the chassis, thereby making it ideal for testing various control and power arrangements. I therefore have decided to do a quick and dirty conversion. Rather than just a repaint, I wanted it to look appropriate for 1930s setting. So, windows were replaced with spectacles, doors fitted, buffer beams added and a bit of tinkering with the radiator grilles. Oh, and lots and lots of rivets. I felt if anything was going to age her, then rivets were the way!
DSCI3152.JPG
.
DSCI3151.JPG
.
DSCI3150.JPG
.
DSCI3148.JPG
.
DSCI3147.JPG
.
She's ended-up looking a bit gawky, but somehow I think that adds to her appeal and makes he look more in period.

Still more work to do - I need to add a few features such as an exhaust pipe, air intake(s), spectacle rings, door handles, grab-rails and maybe some running-board clutter. I'm also considering adding a layshaft and fly-cranks. And I want to weather her - make her look as if she's been pottering around since the end of WW1.

Just out of interest - if the diesel engine is under the larger bonnet - what would be under the smaller one, do you think? If she was a DM, would it have been the gearbox?

Rik
------------------------
Peckforton Light Railway - Blog Facebook Youtube

DonW
Trainee Fireman
Trainee Fireman
Posts: 158
Joined: Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:57 pm
Location: West Somerset

Re: Ugly Duckling Diesel

Post by DonW » Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:34 pm

Not quite a Swan perhaps but it does have charm. As for under the other bonnet perhaps the fuel tank above the gearbox?

Don

User avatar
-steves-
Trainee Driver
Trainee Driver
Posts: 870
Joined: Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:50 pm
Location: Cambridge & Peterborough

Re: Ugly Duckling Diesel

Post by -steves- » Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:44 pm

As always Rik, a lovely project which you have done full justice to, very neat :thumbup:
Ditton Meadow Light Railway (DMLR)
Member of Peterborough and District Association
http://peterborough.16mm.org.uk/

User avatar
Lonsdaler
Fireman
Fireman
Posts: 475
Joined: Tue May 20, 2014 9:50 am
Location: North Yorkshire

Re: Ugly Duckling Diesel

Post by Lonsdaler » Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:07 pm

ge_rik wrote:
Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:47 pm

Just out of interest - if the diesel engine is under the larger bonnet - what would be under the smaller one, do you think? If she was a DM, would it have been the gearbox?

Rik
It'll be aircon and a beer fridge for the crew :lol:
Are you going to colour the wheels when you add cranks. Red wheels are quite continental, I think, but also make it look more toy like, imho. I blacked the wheels on my Faller railbus, rather than keep the red ones with shiny chrome tyres. Not that I've finished that project yet! :roll:
Phil

Thursday? So am I, let's have a cup of tea...

User avatar
Soar Valley Light
Driver
Driver
Posts: 1209
Joined: Sun Dec 08, 2013 5:18 pm
Location: North West Leicestershire

Re: Ugly Duckling Diesel

Post by Soar Valley Light » Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:52 pm

Great work again Rik. That's a real workhorse. Good work!

Andrew
"Smith! Why do you only come to work four days a week?
"'cause I can't manage on three gaffer!"

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest