MilesWestern's Kitbash #1

Discussion in 'Competitions & Challenges' started by MilesWestern, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2005
    Messages:
    1,905
    Likes Received:
    0
    My project is to build a low-cost doodlebug that anyone can try if they wish. The initial purchase of $5 Harriman style cars from Trainworld's clearance dept (They're still on sale at the time of this writing, check it out. They're built by modelpower, and they are suprisingly good cars, might I add. :thumb:

    [​IMG]

    Here's one of the five I've puchased, behind a dramatic sky. I had my friend, known on here as CadillacSD_9 airbrush them into this splendid scheme.
  2. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2006
    Messages:
    2,816
    Likes Received:
    0
    :wave: Miles, a doodlebug eh, cant wait to see how it turns out!:thumb: may i ask what road you are doing it in? :D -Deano
  3. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2005
    Messages:
    1,905
    Likes Received:
    0
    Next, I played with ideas on paper, and after looking through ALL northeastrailfan.net's pics concerning gas/electric motorcars! :rolleyes: what can I say, I'm a tired..er..tireLESS researcher! yeah, that's it! :D

    [​IMG]
  4. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2005
    Messages:
    1,905
    Likes Received:
    0
    The first steps a doozie! I got an motor from an old Mehanotehnika GP18 (Dean, it was UP! :) ) I'd never seen this model before, and the body was in pretty sorry shape, so it made an excellent donor for this kitbash!

    [​IMG]

    After a late evning's work bringing the locomotive bach to running order, I de-motored the GP18, as well as used the front portion of the body, thus as of today this is nearly all of what is left in untouched condition! (te rear half od the body is all cut up)

    I played around test running the doodlebug in it's primal stage.

    Here you see the perfectly insulated (DCC anyone? :D ) WODD frame(!) and the insides revealingthe one-sided drive train & universal. This motor has a communicator, like the athearns. I also took the cross-kit liberty of removing the blomberg style sideframes, and clipping in an identically made sideframes (AAR type this time) from an old Model Power RS2.

    [​IMG]
  5. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2005
    Messages:
    1,905
    Likes Received:
    0
    Because I cannot fit the entire carlegnth full of seats, I must cut accordingly so I can fit the rear half of the car with seats, and the front portion with the motor, and a baggage/ RPO section.

    [​IMG]

    Next I must fill in the windows that reveal the engine compartment! :cool:

    First I measure with my trusty multi-scale ruler. Then I take smooth, fairly thin sheet styrene (do not know the exact thickness) and mausred and cut, measured and cut, using a hobby knife. :) Then I file them down to size a bit, and remove the filings.

    [​IMG]
  6. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2005
    Messages:
    1,905
    Likes Received:
    0
    Dean, The roadname will be The Mission Valley and Pacific, of course! :D

    Now where were we?

    Ok. We were finishing up the window blanks, an Idea given to me by Doctorwayne!

    [​IMG]

    Here's a closeup of the work, and I'm drawing a 'blank' of you will :rolleyes: :D on how to install a baggage door, any Ideas? :confused:
  7. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2005
    Messages:
    1,905
    Likes Received:
    0
    Next we have to remove the vestibule for visibility reasons. Here's the before...

    [​IMG]

    ...and the after, including rounding off of the corners to make it look a little bit more realistic. Realism for a freelanced kitbash is only subjective though! :D

    [​IMG]


    Now that the vestibule has been removed, it's looking more like a gas/electric doodlebug, and less like a passenger car!
  8. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2003
    Messages:
    1,443
    Likes Received:
    0
    great looking bash Miles:)
  9. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2005
    Messages:
    1,905
    Likes Received:
    0
    Now after an evening or two of work, here she is! :)

    [​IMG]
  10. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2005
    Messages:
    1,905
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks Jim!

    Now for a couple of construstion notes:

    -This is the first thing I have vuilt in which the olny adhesive I have used is CA (super glue) I have stuck my fingers to this model more that I care to remember :oops: , but this particular brand is reasonably easy to remove from yourself! :thumb: It's the great planes' brend, if you;re wondering.

    -Notice in the immediately above photo, and the one just above it, the two, now seperate black pieces that comprise the nose, and the gap filler in the room, behind the weight. I cut that one inner vestibule piece (It's an unglued piece that slides right out of the little track it's mounted in) to leave room for the large weight where the radiator grill and such things will be placed, thus making nose flattopped, as opposed to a rounded one. confusing? sorry. :oops:

    -Also, This mehano drive works well, but could certianly benifit from a flywheel, unfortunately I tried using an Athearn one, and the hole is too wode for it to slip on the other end of the crankshaft! :curse:


    -Finally, if you try this kitbash, use the old addage I picked up from another doodlebug kitbash, "Measure TWICE, Cut ONCE!" :)

    Enjoy! :) Still more to come...
  11. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2003
    Messages:
    2,978
    Likes Received:
    0
    Miles that is looking great my friend.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  12. straight-track

    straight-track Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2005
    Messages:
    106
    Likes Received:
    0
    Miles, You might try this on your flywheel/crankshaft problem. Many times I've made this work. Pick up some of that white Teflon tape at your local hardware store. Wrap as snug as you can around the shaft and trial fit until it's snug and a small drop of super glue ! The tape centers the flywheel. Keep the tape back in from being flush and leave a little room for the drop of glue. Medium to thick consistency, not thin, carefully not to get too close to the motors bearing. Good luck ! Joe
  13. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2002
    Messages:
    4,480
    Likes Received:
    0
    Nice to see you up and at it Miles:wave:

    A very nice project indeed.
    Re the atheran motor flywheel, can you not use the whole atheran assembly, gearbox and drive wheels, from a sw 1500 ?
  14. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2005
    Messages:
    1,905
    Likes Received:
    0

    Thanks Interurban! :) I used the Mehano mechinism because I like both my athearn switchers alot, and wasn't willing to sarifice them. Plus, I like making something fromm all this extra stuff I have lying around! :thumb:

    Straight Track: I like the Idea, but I need a flywheel to start with! :rolleyes: I just might try that though, thanks! :)
  15. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2005
    Messages:
    1,905
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ok, so onward it progresses! I started on the engine compartment yesterday, Which will effectively cover the large metal weight protruding from the top of th car. I've added louvers in the front, along with an access hatch:

    [​IMG]

    I'e done more work on it today, so I'll show you that as soon as I download the photo.
  16. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2005
    Messages:
    1,905
    Likes Received:
    0
    Today's progress included more additions around the engine compartment, and exhaust stacks (unglued as of now) I would like your opinion on them.
    Here's the close up of the front end:
    [​IMG]

    ...And Here's an overall shot of what's happened so far:
    [​IMG]

    Enjoy! :)
  17. liven_letdie

    liven_letdie Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2005
    Messages:
    179
    Likes Received:
    0
    Looks hella cool to me :thumb:
  18. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2006
    Messages:
    2,816
    Likes Received:
    0
    well Miles, i have to tell ya, when i seen you sacrificed a UP engine to make this, well, i was a little...:curse:(tooth1). but seeing how well you are doing, now i cant wait to see it finished!:thumb::D. GREAT JOB! so far Miles:thumb: :D -Deano
  19. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2005
    Messages:
    1,905
    Likes Received:
    0
    THANK YOU livenletdie there's compliments like these that make the efforts all worthwile! :)


    Thanks, Dean, neither can I! Also THANK YOU(!) for the wonderful compliments! :)
    sign1 Dean do you want the shell? :) That hasn't met te modeler's knife yet! :rolleyes:
  20. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2003
    Messages:
    2,978
    Likes Received:
    0
    Wonderful Miles. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: