Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Footplate

So far most of the work on making Skarloey look less like a cartoon character and more like the prototype it is based on, has revolved around detailing above and below the footplate. I have, however, been working for some time on the footplate itself. Specifically I've cut it into two pieces!

As you may remember, I've been working towards a model showing Talyllyn not as it is today but as it was in it's earlier pre-preservation life. So far that had meant moving the blower pipe to the drivers side, but I've now made a more drastic change by altering the footplate. Currently the locomotive has a footplate that runs along both sides of the boiler and encloses the tops of the wheels. Originally though there was no such footplate, with just a thin strip on the fireman’s side to give him somewhere to stand when topping up the water tank. To model this I've cut away the plastic footplate and added a thin metal strip which results in this.


It still needs some tidying up and a little filler in places but I think that looks fairly promising. You also notice that I've remove the box (I assume toolboxes although could be a sandbox I suppose) from the front right as again originally there was only one on the front left.

I think the main things left now are the remaining window frames and possibly a replacement chimney, but both require me fully reclaiming my desk again so I can get the lathe out. Hopefully that won't take too much longer.

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  1. Good work so far. Modelling an actual loco is quite rewarding I think, requiring good observational skills. It is a sandbox on the footplate, and I was wondering when someone would notice that only one was carried pre-preservation.
    Looking forward to further developments.

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    1. Thanks Paul. I know what you mean about observational skills as it's involved quite a lot of hunting down photos and pouring over them to try and figure out some of the details. I have to say I'm amazed that I seem to be the first person to have removed the extra sandbox as that was the first thing I noticed from old photos. Maybe everyone else is going post-preservation?

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    2. Or maybe they just haven't noticed...

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  2. This is looking really good.

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    1. Thanks. Progress has slowed recently but I think it's worth it to get the details right and hopefully I won't mess it up when it comes time to paint it.

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