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Old 22-05-2017, 12:06 PM   #1
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Just added a quick photo of an example of what is needed to make a start. There are many other kits and sets to work on, so don't confine yourself to one set way to do things.
The main consideration if choosing a trainset and a locomotive kit is to make sure the locomotive is suitable for the kit. The main thing to look for with the cheap four wheel locomotives that Hornby provide in their cheaper trainsets is that the locomotive has piston rods going into cylinders or if it does not. If it does not, the choice of kit is more limiting so try to get a set with a loco that has piston rods if you can. (Second photo shows a close up of piston rods and cylinders)
I included pictures of kits from Smallbrook Studio as an example as I happen to have them handy. There are other kits.
The track may be 00 gauge track but some narrow gauge lines did have thin stick like sleepers that needed to be tightly spaced, usually found on temporarily laid lines or on lines on a very tight budget.
There is nothing wrong with using tension lock couplings in this scale, especially the smaller type as they don't look too far off the look of some narrow gauge coupling systems. I've even seen a picture of an industrial locomotive that has a buffer coupling resembling a large tension lock loop though it didn't have the hook part.
While some Small brook Studio wagon kits are made for Dapol wagon chassis, the hornby chassis are not too difficult to convert for use on these kits.
I write this because I had the thought that there is a lack of a starter train set in this lovely scale and gauge so I hope to show with this short thread a way to begin.
Of course, there are many other kits from other manufacturers. I use kits from Smallbrook Studio as I have found them to be reasonably priced and relatively easy to build. If you can paint with a small brush, drill a few small holes and gently file and glue, then you can build these kits!
Peco make some lovely ready painted coach kits (Though they don't have interiors... I made my own interior seats etc from wood) and they look good and apart from a few fiddly door handles, they are relatively easy to make.
While my views may be simplistic, there is not a lot to it to make a start and though most of us will make the odd mistake in building, mistakes are normally easy to put right with the blessing of modelling clay and super glue or variants of various bits and pieces, so don't be scared to make a start. Go for it!
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For those of you who have probably not seen the advantages of this scale and gauge and were also shrinking back as ones efforts may not be as good as a ready made model from a manufacturer, I give you these thoughts...
The advantages of larger scale modelling in a small space really show the advantages and possibilities of scratchbuilding to save on costs, especially as you can make use of scrap or cheaply obtained 00 gauge chassis.
One does not have to build a copy of a prototype. This frees up the concept of a certain standard to achieve. Invent your own railway and open up possibilities. Make it as if it was a real railway, but built to a tight budget, and what you build from bits and pieces will make sense.
If you kit or scratchbuild, or even if you get an odd ready made item, it is a good idea to repaint the item to your own railways livery even if the kit or the ready made item comes already painted. Why? Because you can bring in an element of consistency for your layout. Your little railway paints a picture. This picture will look the part if it is consistent.
Consistancy is an important part of any model. Have you ever looked at an old Triang diesel and put it by a few modern Hornby or Bachmann diesels and the Triang diesel does not half stand out... Or likewize, run a modern model running among an old Triang based layout. The modern model will stand out a mile. It is not really the lack of detailing or the crude scale of the Triang models, as on a Triang layout it can look OK if carefully done. It is more that there has been a breech of consistancy in the overall picture of the layout.
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Anyone into making a start in 7mm narrow gauge needn't go far wrong with taking a look at Elaine's Trains website at the moment. She has a few Fleishmann Magic Train wagons for sale.
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