Scratch built working Steel Mill 'Donkey'

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8 years 9 months ago - 8 years 9 months ago #1 by steve4
A friend of mine did ask if I could build him a 'Donkey' similar to the one on this picture for his N scale Steel Mill...

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...and I said I will give it a try. the 'Donkey' is some sort of remote controlled loki to move coal and coke cars around from and to the unloader/loader.

I started with a Kato 2-axle drive which I have shortend and narrowed. then I used styrene to build the body.



I added several details like the air intake and radiator grills from a N scale Kato GP35 shell. BLMA mirrors as steps, built the railings out of stanchions and wire (and immediately started to destroy them again), put a brass roof on top.







added some more details like rivets, more access doors, a sinclair antenna, a stick antenna, a Hancock horn, coupler cut levers and a flashing and blinking beacon (which is a 'turned' down LED)...




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8 years 9 months ago #2 by steve4
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next step was to put some paint on. first layer was a primer, second layer was some rust. third layer was some saliva and then some crushed rock salt...





...it was my first atempt to salt weathering

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8 years 9 months ago - 8 years 9 months ago #3 by steve4
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now it was time to put a layer of dark gray onto the model and after the paint started to dry I sprayed a really wet layer of a black wash on top (methylatet spirit with some drops of black Tamiya acryl paint), as soon as the wash was dry as well I started to blow the salt off with an air gun (actually an old air brush and an open air pressure valve). I am happy with the result of my 1st salt weathering try...





some more of the salt has to go and then I will start to weather the whole thing with some powder and more washes...
...and a handwritten '#3' decal has to come on as well at some stage

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8 years 9 months ago #4 by coaster
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Damn!!!!.........it looks......well..........perfect really eh?
That weathering looks great

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8 years 9 months ago #5 by Bishop
Beautiful work. Now that's a little masterpiece

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8 years 9 months ago #6 by Maarten
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Real nice ,some Great metal work!!

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8 years 9 months ago - 8 years 9 months ago #7 by steve4
thank you...

I was asked what modifications I've done on the Kato 11-103 drive. as I have had to repaint the drive anyway I made some step by step pictures. here a picture of what I 'dremeld', carved and filed off compared with the original Kato drive...



motor...



power pick-up rebuilt...



bending the brass stripes from the motor too many times back and forth results in breaking them off - so I replaced them with wires...



ready...


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8 years 9 months ago #8 by steve4

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8 years 9 months ago #9 by steve4
and some more...













and last but not least - how big is that thing...


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8 years 9 months ago #10 by Grant
Nice work. The last pic puts things in perspective. :)

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8 years 9 months ago #11 by coaster
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Great steve,what are these drives normally used for?Whats the wheel base?
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8 years 9 months ago #12 by steve4
thanks Stu. the drives are normally used in Japanese toy trains (Pocket Line) and the wheel base is 28mm

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8 years 9 months ago #13 by coaster
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thanks for that steve.

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8 years 9 months ago #14 by Magpie
Nice work.I like the weathering :)

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8 years 9 months ago #15 by azaminis
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i agree with everyone about the metalwork those solders must be tiny...untill i saw the 10 cent piece i thought the salt was huge rock salt or something lol nice skills.Great how the wash made the salted basecoat look faded when desalted very clever and appealing.

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8 years 9 months ago #16 by steve4

azaminis wrote: Great how the wash made the salted basecoat look faded when desalted very clever and appealing.


thanks, yes that was more by accident than on purpose. after I put the gray paint on I immediately put a really wet blak wash on as well (methylated spirits with some drops of black Tamiya paint) and used an old airbrush with high pressure to dry the whole thing an blow the salt off. while it was drying it turned into that white shadow around the rusty spots. on this model ok but not what I would like on a loki or a freight car...

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8 years 9 months ago #17 by Gary
I use the same method as this for doing my beat up German armour, I think it's the humidity levels here in NZ that cause the white "shadows"
Or it could be the paint, I used Humbrol here for the grey, could be the paint reacting with the salt that draws in the humidity.

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8 years 9 months ago #18 by azaminis
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Nice,It looks the bizniz,Gary i have the ammo carrier kit i like it in grey (not looking forward to the tracks) yours looks great,and the karl looks like ill need a tetnis shot if i look at it for too long,spot on

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8 years 9 months ago #19 by charlieboy
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that is a great job and the weathering very nicely done, just as a matter of interest how tall is that coin?? being from the UK i do not have a clue

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8 years 9 months ago #20 by Glenn

charlieboy wrote: that is a great job and the weathering very nicely done, just as a matter of interest how tall is that coin?? being from the UK i do not have a clue


Hey Micky about 20mm tall :)
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8 years 9 months ago #21 by Glenn
nice scratch building steve,micro scale :cheer:

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