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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: My Autorail (kitbash)   Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:46 pm

I threw this together a while back from a couple of Toytrain passenger coaches and a motor block from a LGB diesel. It's still a work in progress - but then again so are most of my projects.
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Even has a trailer:
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: My Autorail (kitbash)   Fri Oct 22, 2010 9:09 pm

That's neat Bill. That looks very sort of Queensland Australia to me.
Did you make the bonnet?
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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: My Autorail (kitbash)   Fri Oct 22, 2010 9:51 pm

No, the bonnet (as well as a few other bits and pieces - like the fuel tanks) was part of the diesel that donated its motor block (an LGB Schoema). I'm not happy with the visor, though.

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pjti



Location : Galizano, nr Santander, Nth Spain

PostSubject: Re: My Autorail (kitbash)   Sat Oct 23, 2010 9:01 am

I like that a lot Bill, maybe you don't like the visor but I think it adds a great deal of character, it does not need much changing. The handrails need throwing and wire ones made. I think it looks a bit Irish - but then I am biased.

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Paulus



Location : The Netherlands

PostSubject: Re: My Autorail (kitbash)   Sat Oct 23, 2010 9:30 am

Bill, I think it's a very nice kitbash! It surely have some character of it's own!
I can imagine it servicing a secondary line, buzzing through a green countryside (and I even smell the petrol)!

I wasn't sure if you were looking for suggestions but I took the liberty to edit one of the pictures a bit with some ideas I would suggest:
- paint the bonnet the same colour as the carriage
- paint the visor,
- paint the yellow handrails and those yellow/black skirts grey (or at least not yellow/black safety stripes, these s were not very common used with older European trains - that is off course if you want it to look European...)

So it turned out something like this:





Paul
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: My Autorail (kitbash)   Sat Oct 23, 2010 10:18 am

Mmm..To my eye. with a change of colour. it would be perfect for my 1910 line!

Mikey
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pjti



Location : Galizano, nr Santander, Nth Spain

PostSubject: Re: My Autorail (kitbash)   Sat Oct 23, 2010 10:55 am

mmmmmmmm Would you consider chopping the skirts a bit, to me they look to be too low.

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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: My Autorail (kitbash)   Sat Oct 23, 2010 12:45 pm

Thanks to all for the suggestions.

I agree the visor adds something - I just don't like the visor I made for it. Still thinking about a replacement.
The color of the bonnet is black (for now) because I can't find a red that matches the rest of the body closely enough. I do agree it should be red. Maybe I'll have to repaint the lower half of the body.
The skirts do indeed need chopping, especially since they drag the rails occasionally. As I said, It's a work in progress.
Somebody else also told me it looked Irish. Maybe it should be green?

Mikey- you can't have it.

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Paulus



Location : The Netherlands

PostSubject: Re: My Autorail (kitbash)   Sat Oct 23, 2010 8:19 pm

KleineDicke wrote:

Somebody else also told me it looked Irish. Maybe it should be green?

Irish green!

But red and white is also prototypical; the County Donegal railcars had the same livery as your railcar, like the CDR Railcar nr 1 shown on this site. (it has some resemblance with your railcar!)

Paul
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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: My Autorail (kitbash)   Sun Oct 24, 2010 12:24 am

I like the name of the manufacturer- Allday and Onions.

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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: My Autorail (kitbash)   Mon Jul 25, 2011 3:04 pm

I've been tinkering off and on with my autorail and I think I've finally got it about where I want it. cheers

In addition to some changes suggested by the local denizens here @ CGT, I replaced the original visor - the new one was made from a section of roof from a locomotive cab, made a new windscreen, and added the dividers to the side windows. Oh, and I almost forgot, the destination board. Since I haven't settled on a name for my railway, I used a fairly generic destination (it was a toss up - the other choice was "Centre Ville"). I am pleased with the results. I am still looking for a pair of headlamps and a horn to mount on it. The only other major work is battery power and a remote. I'll probably build a trailer for that ( Idea I do have a Ferraro-Rocher box sitting on my work bench.... Smile ).

Have a look and tell me what you think.
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: My Autorail (kitbash)   Mon Jul 25, 2011 3:13 pm

Bill, that really looks the part now. cute little thang! Watch it doesnt melt in that heat you are having

mikey
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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: My Autorail (kitbash)   Mon Jul 25, 2011 3:44 pm

The heat we're having (at least in Houston) is quite normal I assure you. It is summertime after all. It's the drought I'm worried about. We're about 20 inches behind on our rain this year. Watering my lawn cost me $500 last month. I pay more for water than electricity!

The news media is making such a big deal about heat in the summertime. I don't recall them getting excited when we have a freeze here in January.

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Paulus



Location : The Netherlands

PostSubject: Re: My Autorail (kitbash)   Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:28 pm

Bill, it's looking real great! I love that open front windscreen and the visor. Together with the divided windows it gives the whole a very characteristic look.
You are gonna convert it to battery power, you say? Any change it may run in Europe? Wink
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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: My Autorail (kitbash)   Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:43 pm

You're on the right track, Paul. I was thinking about doing another destination board - "Andere Richtigen", another one of my favorite places. Laughing Or perhaps I could make it Belgian, in which case "Wegomlegging" might be more appropriate. Twisted Evil

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Bill Wray

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-Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty (HMS Pinafore)
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pjti



Location : Galizano, nr Santander, Nth Spain

PostSubject: Re: My Autorail (kitbash)   Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:15 pm

Very nice Bill, coming along isn't it . Especially like the windows, oh and the new visor and and and.............

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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: My Autorail (kitbash)   Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:59 pm

Great work, Bill - what chance of a short video of it in action?

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