Thursday, 18 October 2018

GWR Pannier Tanks: 5700/8750 - 5700 version and 8750 Cab

An early blog post this week as tomorrow we are attending the Mid Hants Railway's Autumn Gala.

Work has finished on creating the 5700 variation with its older style of  cab with the simple backsheet and the round windows.

And then it's back to the 8750 version to begin work on the cab. The controls will be a very familiar sight for anyone who has driven GWR engines but to make sure we keep pushing the authenticity we are creating a new brake system for Advanced Mode that will operate as a vacuum brake (where installed and when the train is vacuum fitted) and a steam brake, both using the combined brake lever and the vacuum reservoir where fitted.

Next week we will delve into the options that will be available for the 5700 and 8750 engines.

Friday, 12 October 2018

GWR Pannier Tanks: 5700/8750 Beginnings

After a couple of weeks we are pleased to show some exciting progress with the 5700/8750 version of the GWR Pannier Tanks.

We decided to start with the 8750 version and then build the 5700 from this mostly because the 8750 hasn't been seen in Train Simulator before so this is a bit more exciting, although a whole new re-model 5700 is going to be great as well.

As usual we begin with the wheels and then map out the basic shapes and add some of the detailing on top of the tanks. It's already looking very familiar!

Filling in detail, mostly on the lower areas.

Adding in the hand rails, a basic cab interior shape, whistle shield and a few rivets.

Seen from the rear.

Next up will be modifying to the 5700 version and then beginning on the detailed cab model for both engines with the relevant changes in shape and fittings.