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Kim's Rusted Scrapyard Loco Project & Adding Detail To A Building Site | Model Railway Hints, Tips, How To Articles and Reviews at Model Trains Online

Our good friend Kim has been back in touch this week with a few final photos of his Scrapyard Loco Project. This is something he’s been working on for a number of weeks now and it’s really taking shape. He found this non-running HO scale loco at a yard sale a few weeks ago now and initially wasn’t sure if it should have originally had a motor and gearbox installed so it would run, or whether it was always a static model, but after a little closer inspection came to the conclusion that this model did have a tiny motor fitted and at one point would have been a runner. And for the princely sum of $1 Canadian dollar, this poor, worse for wear & somewhat unloved locomotive had to have a use on his layout somewhere.

So he mulled over a few ideas and eventually decided it would become the centrepiece of a swamp / scrapyard scene on his layout. It was to get a serious coating of rust, dirt and grime before being set into a landscape of decay… Here’s a collection of photos showing the progress so far…

The original yard sale find...

The original yard sale find…

After some thought and consideration, Kim decided to remove the smoke box door and add pipework and other details, and also removed a handful of other parts which he’ll lie on the ground around the locomotive to add detail to the scene.

The first attempt at adding detail behind the smoke-box door... more work needed though.

The first attempt at adding detail behind the smoke-box door… more work needed though.

Additional cab detail was added using parts from a broken analogue wrist watch

Additional cab detail was added using parts from a broken analogue wrist watch

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Here the whole loco has been given a good coat of rusty, dirty brown acrylic and is now ready for weathering and further detailing

A little research into the real thing revealed that floodlights were often fitted to the fronts of locos like these, so Kim has added one for that extra bit of depth and realism...

A little research into the real thing revealed that floodlights were often fitted to the fronts of locos like these, so Kim has added one for that extra bit of depth and realism…

It's all coming together nicely now... just the addition of some dirt and grime and it'll be ready to sink into the swamp!

It’s all coming together nicely now… just the addition of some dirt and grime and it’ll be ready to sink into the swamp!

Kim’s planning to use the loco in a swamp / bog scene with an accompanying steam crane which has also been abandoned part way through an attempt to rescue this once glorious and impressive locomotive from its fate… Watch this space!

Kim has also recently been adding a little more detail to his building site scene which is beginning to take shape nicely. These simple stacks of timber have been created in just a few seconds from scraps of balsa and coffee stirrers… Add some weathering, and maybe thin coloured plastic wrapping (sweet wrappers???) to partially protect the timber from the elements and these should look remarkably good indeed.

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