Pacific Chapelon Nord

Discussion in 'Gallery & Designs' started by logicman, May 9, 2008.

  1. logicman

    logicman Greybeard

    Amongst my many (too many?) projects is a card model of this famous steam loco:

    Aster Chapelon's Nord 231

    It is a work in progress as a micro-scale model.

    Would anyone be interested in a free micro-scale download?

    I am also working on a version in OO, easily scaled to HO.

    I need to get more info about smaller details, if anyone knows of links other than these:

    The French National Railway Museum, Mulhouse

    Cité du Train - Musée du chemin de fer

    I particularly need details of the tender and of the inside of the driver's cab.

    Any takers?

  2. kooklik

    kooklik Member

    I'm looking for a passenger loco in HO size to build a diorama. This is a beautiful loco.:mrgreen:
  3. logicman

    logicman Greybeard

    Thank you Kooklik, it is indeed a beautiful loco, which is exactly why I'm working on it.

    I was doing it for my own enjoyment in micro and OO. Since OO uses 1/76 on an HO track, conversion to HO gauge is simply a matter of re-scaling the body to fit the wheels.

    So ...

    I'm now working on this in micro (i.e. simplified detail), OO and HO.

    Progress will be slow, I've to continue the competition #3 build, and then there's the diorama/panorama to finish. All this work is like painting the Forth Bridge.

  4. Mark Crowel

    Mark Crowel Member

    The prototype is definitely a beautiful locomotive. Looking forward to seeing the build photos.

    The paper version will look good chugging across your model of the Forth Bridge.
  5. logicman

    logicman Greybeard

    Just thought I'd post some design progress.
    I started with some of the easiest parts.

    More sometime, maybe.


    Attached Files:

  6. Mark Crowel

    Mark Crowel Member

    That looks like the tender. Good start.
  7. logicman

    logicman Greybeard

    So, you don't need glasses, then? sign1

    Thanks for looking, Mark.
  8. Mark Crowel

    Mark Crowel Member

    Are you using CAD for this design? Also, are you considering making this available as a kit?
  9. logicman

    logicman Greybeard

    Hi Mark.

    This one is mostly on hold, whilst I finish my comp #3 model, but I am doing a little here and there.

    I am doing it in photoshop, to 1200 dpi resolution. I'm also learning the Gimp.
    Man! Those files are huge! Using that resolution means that when I scale down for printing -

    all the mistakes magically disappear. :mrgreen:

    I fully intend to make this available as a free download, here on the forums.
    It will be in a micro scale first. The HO/OO version will need a lot more detail.

    Watch this space.

    No, not that space - this space. :p

  10. kooklik

    kooklik Member

    When I colored U-Boat , I selected 300 dpi. That's enough for high detailing.
  11. logicman

    logicman Greybeard

    That's right, Kooklik.

    The benefit of working in 1200 dpi is that my hand can shake a bit,
    and circles can have a few 'jaggies' or 'staircases', but when I print
    at a lower dpi/ lower scale, everything looks sharper and cleaner.

    I'll post some examples soon.

    Thanks for the input, people, It's greatly appreciated. :thumb:

  12. redhorse

    redhorse Member

    I'm really interested, I could use another loco. Looking forward to your progress Logicman!

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