BackgroundBackwoods Miniatures produced a 009 model of a generic NGG16. As with pretty much anything that is generic it wasn’t a good model of anyone of them in particular. There were issues like the bunkers being welded bunker shaped but covered in rivets and each axle having the same shaped cranks instead of the different shape on each axle of a bogie. Designed for 009 the level of detail was probably fine.
Now, when drawing artwork by hand for etching the norm is to draw it many times the size you intend to produce and then photo reduce it. The point of this is to reduce the errors caused by manual drawing – a wiggly line at 6 x finished size becomes smooth when reduced to the size it is to be used at. Due to the limitations of their camera equipment and an intention to produce 4mm scale models the artwork for the NGG16 was drawn to 8mm/foot and reduced by half to 4mm.
Fast forward to the decision to produce a 7mm scale kit. Now the reduction is only from 8m to 7mm/ft, errors abound, etch fold lines are too wide and details easily represented by flat etched metal in 009 now lack substance
Fast forward a bit more – I have one or two of these kits to build for myself, but you know where these end up in the life of a professional model maker, so nothing was happening. Then a customer asked me to do theirs and the project started that created these castings as I started to make a proper job of the model. For various reasons the customers project was cancelled, and I never finished the installation.
Enter Nick Dunhill
As I posted images of what I was doing to my blog or in my newsletter Nick asked me if I had spare castings for the loco that you have seen him build on various forums. Nick’s build has resulted in a number of requests for copies of the castings.
Castings For Sale
I never intended or designed these for mass production. Some of the parts such as the valve guides can’t be produced by the master/mould/wax/casting method and have to be produced by the printed wax method – which is more expensive. If I were to apply max sales b/s I’d say they were produced to gain the maximum resolution and fidelity possible.
This will probably be a one time offer to get as many castings done as are ordered by the 30th September 2019. With delivery about a month later – subject to Shapeways deliveries.
What you will get.
To order a set please follow this link
Below are some images of the parts I worked on