Carl's Clay Works little Critter!

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by nalmeida, Oct 5, 2005.

  1. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member

    Hi there guys, been away for a while and in the meantime I've completed a few projects, some of you that visit other forums may already know it but for the other's here goes:

    A few month's ago I started a small 1 foot layout to enter a challenge on another forum. I wanted a small loco to be the motive power, the scale I'm using (O9) is not common so there aren't many comercial choices available, in any case I like challenges so I decided to scratchbuild my little critter.
    I was inspired by some of the products by Sidelines (GN15). I decided to use styrene as the main material and I'm loving working with it. I'll be using some brass for the details. I needed a suitable donor for the chassis, since I'm using 9 mm gauge the choice was obvious, the n scale bachman diesel switcher, I already have one and think it's a reliable option for power. As for design/planning I used my favourite vectorial program, Corel Draw.

    First of all I designed a chassis that would fit the bachman switcher, it's strong and it fit's "tight" so there's no need for screws to attach it, as a side note I'll be using the chassis backwards so that the biggest part of it will be concealed in the front of the critter:


    I used a clear styrene sheet on top of the plans so that everything would be on the right place, since I'll be painting on top of it it doesn't matter that it's clear, here you can see the sideframes construction, one of them is already on place:


    I never worked with so small parts, in the beggining I almost conceded and quited but I decided to try just one of the sideframes and got happy with the results and done the rest, this sideframe measures 2 inch long and 0,4 inch tall. Everything was made out of styrene sheet, except the nbw's wich are from tichy:


    Finally, a closer picture of the sideframe on place:

  2. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member

    Well chassis is complete so now on to the upper part:


    From another angle:

  3. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member

    I completed the front part so it's now on to the details:


    The front grid was a bit tricky but I think it looks right, I already started on the cabins interior:

  4. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member

    Some more details added:


    From the other side:

  5. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member

    Everything done on the critter so now is on to the paintshop!


    I went for the swivel seat and I really liked the way it looks, on the front I added the fuel cap. I was undecided about adding lights and horn but decided not to do it, it would "overcrowd" the little "animal" and the industry I'm running doesn't need it:


    Here is the cab interior, there's the brakewheel, the reverse/forward, the gauges, the gearshift, the seat and the throttle:

  6. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member

    Well the critter is ready, painted an weathered, here she is:


    From another angle:


    The other side:




    On another track:


    Well, that was it, it was my first scratchbuilt piece of motive power and it gave me lot's of enjoyment, will try on something smaller very soon!
  7. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    That's awesome! You should be very proud, what a great job.

  8. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    great critter:) fine work.
  9. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Nice work! :thumb: :thumb:

  10. Dawg13

    Dawg13 New Member

    Got to just love them Critters
  11. webmaster

    webmaster Member

    That's a cracking little loco.

    Is that turntable scratch built? If it is, do you have any pics of that as well?
  12. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Outstanding work!! Will it get couplers , or does it just push cars around?
  13. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member


    One of the best things about The Gauge is I get to see what others are doing, I get to see what is possible, and then I can give it a try. I wouldn't have dreamed that so mcuh detail could have been put into a bunch of raw styrene.

    I love it.
  14. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Great stuff.
  15. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    That is a cute little thing
  16. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Very nice modelling and good photography too. Are you planning on using link-and-pin couplers? I noticed the multiple coupler pockets to accomodate various car heights, and link-and-pin would be easiest on which to change heights. By the way, what's the source for the checkerplate that you used for the walkways? (or is it chequerplate up here in the Great White North?)

  17. modelsof1900

    modelsof1900 Member

    A very fine small loco and a great modelling job. Congratulations!!! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

  18. Wyomingite

    Wyomingite Member

    You done yourself proud. Great job.

    Ron :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :wave:

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