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« on: January 20, 2011, 11:44:43 AM »

Hello, all -

After a long sojourn into clay sculpture (http://www.spirito.biz/sculpture.html), I have decided to build a some 7/8ths scale  models again. I have been fascinated by this little French WWI locomotive for a while now. I just love that the builders took the time and effort to add some curves and other aesthetics to the design.See 2 photos below (one in operation, and one abandoned).

After finding little about it on the web, I finally discovered a single restored loco of this type, in Spain and, thanks to contact with Claus Nielson, who built a model (in 1/4" scale, I believe) I now have clear side and end views, with some key dimensions.

I still do not know the manufacturer, how many were made, or if others still exist, and I have discovered no actual plans. However, I'm not going to let this stop me! So far, I have been working on building the chassis in styrene. I will share my progress here. Meanwhile, if anyone has other info on this unique little lokey, let me know.

Carlo



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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2011, 01:14:27 PM »

That's a really attractive little loco! Should be a fun build.
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2011, 06:28:34 PM »

OK, I have just about finished the 7/8ths scale chassis. It turns out that the AristoCraft short motor block is just about the correct wheelbase for this loco. It also fits under the floor, leaving room fopr batteries and R/C gear. I added Sierra Valley 7/8ths wheels. That takes care of the mechanics.

The rest is built from styrene, and my own resin castings for the journal/spring assemblies, along with a bunch of Tichy rivets, some wire, and a few bolts. Here are some photos of the primed chassis. Next will be the vacu-formed hood, and all the above-footplate details.

Regards, Carlo



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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2011, 12:27:10 AM »

Awesome! Looks like you're off to a great start!
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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2011, 02:44:17 AM »

Nice work on the journals and springs. -- Russ
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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2011, 03:44:21 AM »

Nice job Carlo!

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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2011, 03:11:47 PM »

Great job of taking advantage of the larger scale!  All those free-standing detail elements will really add a load of dimension to the finished model.

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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2011, 10:17:33 PM »

Carlo,
Very nice start.  I love the springs and hangers.
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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2011, 07:39:55 PM »

Superb chassis. Bravo. Love the springs and journals.

This is a fine example of a small, simple prototype in a large scale; detail you can almost taste but in a manageable scope.

Please, when you explain the vacu-formed hood, describe in detail creating the louvers.  And what equipment you are using.

Thanks, John   
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« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2011, 12:35:21 AM »

Very nice build so far. Look forward to seeing more.

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