More tips and scratch builds

“Hi Al.

I started work on the 6″ scale Little Samson about 4 years ago. It took me 2000 hours to complete. As said it is a half size model of a Little Samson steam tractor originally built at Kings Lynn. Norfolk. by Savage Brothers about 1900. No original engines survive today.

The engine has two forward and two reverse gears and has a maximum speed of about 6 MPH and is very powerful indeed. It weighs in the region of 1300kg although I have not actually weighed it. The boiler was professionally built by AJB Engineering in Derby. Megan is fired by coal. The wheels were fabricated by myself and had them rubbered in England. Each rear wheel weighs 62kg.

Model engineering is my hobby, I have no engineering background. Whilst toiling in the UK I was a plumber.

Drawings and very good castings can be bought from Edward George at www.littlesamson.co.uk at reasonable prices.

Regards.

Roger”

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“Hi Al;

First I want to take a moment to say thank you for all you’ve done by giving modelers world wide a platform to not only share their own ideas, but to actually find answers to some of your own questions. I find myself using several recent suggestions by your readers as I build my basement HO layout.

I have a couple of my own ideas that are working for me. For my paved roadways, I am using standard tar paper. It can be cut into most any configuration, and it is quite inexpensive. Also if your layout requires a lot of detail, go to an auto store and you can buy pin stripping tape for cars, (in either white or yellow, or both) and use it for center lines and roadway edges.

I also have done a bit of scenery shopping at the local pet supply store and just picked up a small bag of tank gravel. It’s the right size and is washed. You can get it in almost any color as well. In addition, I bought a small package, to test on the layout, of some fake bottom foliage, plant life kind of stuff, and when I add my water effects, this should really look good.

Another good source of materials is the Hobby Lobby type store. There are so many feathers and artificial plants, that all you need do is apply some imagination. They also have a good supply of various paints.

I will add some pictures of my layout when it isn’t filled with tools and materials, and actually looks like something.

Happy modeling.

Keith, Lake Tomahawk, WI”


“Dear Mr. Lee,

I shared with you some photographs of my latest layout “Little Wlakley” recently.

That layout had several inspirations including your engine shed kit.

Building that kit was fun and John’s (not me) video gave me some ideas on how to improve my model.

Because my engine shed faces the front and the interior is visible… Seeing the source of the cardboard was an issue…

Painting the interior brown was a help but still fell short of what I wanted to achieve. It was the video that set off a new light.

Hare are photos of my rebuilt enginehouse… I will also send you the files for my “detail kit” These are yours as a thank you for your site…

Sincerely,

John”

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My word, we’re getting some nice variations on the engine shed now, and it was all thanks to John who led the charge.

Dangerous Dave also got involved.

And look what Bob did with the original engine shed.

All good stuff!

That’s all this time folks. Please do keep ’em coming. And don’t forget if you’re still scratching your head over how to start, the Beginner’s Guide is here.

Best

Al

PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here (still updated every single day…).

12 Responses to More tips and scratch builds

  1. Jason Hays says:

    Wow, what great craftsmanship. Where can I find the big Kahana deal on ebay?

  2. Brian Messenger says:

    Hi John, you have done a superb job on your engine shed. Looks as if it has been in use for many years. Look forward, on a positive note, to see some detail bits and pieces inside. Keep it up. Brian (hall of fame member)

  3. Rod Mackay says:

    I found the car tapes I could find rather wide for road lining in HO, so I used some Slater’s Microstrip just stuck down with Evo, then painted a thick grey Matt over for the road surface, and then it was easy to lightly scrape the dried paint off the lines with a craft knife.
    Rod

  4. Roy Forbes says:

    Brilliant models. Thanks for sharing them!

  5. Mel says:

    Wonderful job on the engine house. Most modelers skip interior details because they either think they don’t matter………..or it’s just too much extra work.

  6. Vic Heffren says:

    Beautiful job they look real THANKS FOR SHARING VIC

  7. paul Otway says:

    A very nice traction engine model.

  8. Ian Mc Donald says:

    great tips and the tractor story was never what I imagined just unbelievable photo well done.

  9. Carl in Kansas says:

    Great engine house. I like your interior framing.

    Another tip. For making painted lines on roadways, etc., try your local artist supply house. As a commercial artist I have used tape in sizes as thin as 1/32 inch. It is available in numerous colors, including yellow, white, and red.

  10. john richardson says:

    Roger s Traction engine is superb .,I have seen a few at shows and marvel at the quality of the craftmanship so well done that there are still dedicated folks still around. john

  11. Ralph Berry says:

    What a wonderful traction engine.
    Great work on that engine shed, certainly adds to the 3d effect.

  12. Phil Gilson says:

    Great mechanical job on storing the layout against the ceiling of the garage. Where did you get the pulleys that were used?

    Phil, Bklyn.USA

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