Santa's new sleigh @ 22.5ish (G) scale & scratchbuild

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3 years 9 months ago - 3 years 9 months ago #1 by turtle65
Decided it was time to have a proper attempt at this scratchbuilding lark (and maybe try and finish the darn thing :lol: ).
Just wanted something easy and not too taxing on my limited brain capacity and something to try and break my loss of passion for the hobby so the project is:

Steampunk style Santa's Sleigh


not my concept, but will provide the inspiration (pinkies and tootsies crossed).

First port of call - the lathe and roughly turn down a cylinder shape. Just used some old bora riddled beech laying around. Then really roughed out the cockpit and baggage area's.



The car plan was for trying to work out some basic dimensions :blink: .
Just scratching my noggin trying to remember how to taper the planks for the nose and tail curvature :S
This project is definitely one of those "make the same part a couple of times till it suits". Real back to the basics stuff.
Cheers for popping by for a looksie. As always feel free to point out any shoddy work - I'm always open to CC.

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3 years 9 months ago #2 by hazenz17
A lot more fun to start a new project then finishing an old project B)

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3 years 9 months ago #3 by Xtr3meNZer
Will be watching this come together. Quite enjoy seeing something fully scratchbuilt
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3 years 9 months ago #4 by Bishop
Way cool.

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3 years 9 months ago #5 by KitModellerNZ
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Cool subject! Will be watching this one Roger.
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3 years 9 months ago #6 by grover
Cool idea mate. Is the first part going to be the core of the model or is it a template?

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3 years 9 months ago #7 by turtle65
Cheers for looking in guys :) .

Grover, the basic shape will be the core. Too lazy to "plank'n'frame" for this project :lol: .

Had a semi-productive day today. Semi-productive due to the fact a few things I had hoped to glue had to be abandoned as the 2 part epoxy had decided to become unusable :( . So managed a bit of tidying, cut some strip's, laminate the central piece, and mark out the planking :blink: :




and a quick mock-up to help decide a few other areas fate:



CC is open for your use :lol:

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3 years 9 months ago #8 by Maarten

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3 years 8 months ago #9 by Tiger
Way cool project.
Looks good Bud :) , I would have to put you up there with Bishop as far as scratch building goes.
Popping in to check progress on this baby.
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3 years 8 months ago #10 by turtle65
Cheers guys.
Tiger - there's no comparison - Bishop actually finishes his projects, me, it might be 1 in 10 :lol: .

Just waiting for some glue to dry before proceeding with my rendition of a porcupine :P :



For those that have experienced planking a ship hull this is far from the normal method however it's the best approach for this little project.
I thought I had a 1:22.5 (G) scale male figure somewhere but it seems to have disappeared :( as I'm contemplating having a bash at sculpting the fat man in red to go with the sleigh. I'll see if I can source another figure :dry: .

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3 years 8 months ago - 3 years 8 months ago #11 by Powder
Porcupine or Voodoo doll - whatever it looks like, it's pretty cool.

I understand the Tee shaped pins for setting the plank spacing but what are the ball-head pins doing that the tape isn't?
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3 years 8 months ago #12 by turtle65
Nicely spotted Powder :blush: .
The ball-heads are for setting the planks while I do the next one. Normally I don't use tape however this time due to the sharper curve I thought I'd use a bit of caution.
So yep, those pins are surplus to requirements once the tape is on ;) .

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3 years 8 months ago #13 by grover

Powder wrote: Pocupine or Voodoo doll - whatever it looks like, it's pretty cool.


Yup, awesome work Turtle

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3 years 8 months ago #14 by Wally
Joy to the world Turtle! Love it ...
Are you gonna do a Santa as well ...?

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3 years 8 months ago #15 by Xtr3meNZer
Very cool idea, and good for us that don't know how to do this stuff, gives us ideas!
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3 years 8 months ago #16 by F1xena
What a cool topic! Great work so far too :woohoo:
Looking forward to seeing this one progress....lots of great skills on display and plenty for us dummies to learn from! :side:
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3 years 8 months ago #17 by Bishop
Don't push yourself to finish it just enjoy, it helps with the mojo. Just looking great so far. Beautiful scratch work, the real deal.

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3 years 8 months ago #18 by turtle65
Cheers Bishop - however I think you might have the wrong person if you think I rush :lol: .
Slow process doing the wet/bend/wait to dry/glue/wait to cure/repeat as necessary. The planking looks bloody rough at the moment but will look better once they are all done and the brass inserted between (well I hope so :) ).
Reshaped the cockpit area and started tidying the baggage hold.
Wally - if I can find another G-scale figure I might have a crack at sculpting ;) :



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3 years 8 months ago #19 by turtle65
Thought I'd better spend some quality time with this project, so started prepping for forming a wooden cockpit coaming :ohmy:
It's going to be one of those tasks that will either end in smiles and self congratulations OR end in tears :lol: .



Hopefully there's some Ammonia Bleach so I can soaking the wood :unsure: .
Results may or may not be published :S

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3 years 8 months ago #20 by Maarten
Some old school woodworking

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3 years 8 months ago #21 by grover

turtle65 wrote: Thought I'd better spend some quality time with this project, so started prepping for forming a wooden cockpit coaming :ohmy:
It's going to be one of those tasks that will either end in smiles and self congratulations OR end in tears :lol: .


I have no idea what's going to happen but its fascinating. B)

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3 years 8 months ago #22 by Xtr3meNZer
Really like the scratch building in this, and hopefully it all worked out well!
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3 years 8 months ago #23 by turtle65
First attempt ended in tears and swears :lol: , it's been quite a while since I've done radical curves/bends like needed here, so wasn't overly surprised it failed.
On to the second attempt - stronger Ammonia solution + thinned down at the curvature + longer soaking time (24HRS).
If this fails then it will be Plan C making the coaming in thick blocks. At lot of sanding and checking using that method so last resort.



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3 years 8 months ago #24 by RossMack
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3 years 8 months ago #25 by turtle65

grover wrote: I have no idea what's going to happen but its fascinating. B)


:lol: For grover's education here's what was being attempted:




Still not happy despite managing to form the required shape. Just don't like the angle the wood grain is sitting at (pedantic I know :ohmy: ). Have done a quick mock-up with the grain running vertical and doesn't look as bad as I had imagined so might head in that direction, (traditional woodworkers will be turning in their graves :unsure: ).

Decided to slop some stain around to make it look like I've done something.
Not sure about the brass stringers :unsure: :unsure: , would have liked to have some copper in the required diameter to make a comparison alas no 1.3mm copper to be found in my box of tricks :angry: .



Thoughts/comments/opinions requested for the brass vs copper dilemma.
Ta.

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3 years 8 months ago #26 by Bishop
Great progress, the wood bending has worked very nicely. The brass works too

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3 years 8 months ago #27 by Glenn
Very cool,I think the brass would look super,maybe abit of a polish to :cheer:

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