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Here's a model that took me 14 months and approximately 2000 hrs to complete, a totally scratch built model, made from the drawings of Edgar T Westbury, acquired from the Guild of Model Wheelwrights.
It's a 1/12th scale model of a Shand Mason Horse Drawn Steam Driven Water Pump.

I made it as a NON steamer, simply because when you scale “down” to this size, one problem with any of the joining threads, or silver solder joints and you will most likely have a bomb on your hands.

I used Timber, Acrylic, Brass, Key steel for the Axles, store bought 12BA Bolts and Screws and all other nut’s and bolts are hand made, mainly 12BA again.
It required quite a bit of fiddly work to get it all together and look correct, then it was pulled apart for polishing and painting, then re-assembled.

All transfers were done in house as well, using an ALPS MD5500 printer.

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Any questions or queries ----  then please ask.

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That is just stunning - a level above what I would term as modelling, it's much more model engineering - and superb model engineering at that! Beautiful work!



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1 hour ago, keefr22 said:

it's much more model engineering - and superb model engineering at that! Beautiful work!

I'd call this art, actually :worthy:  :worthy: :worthy:



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Thank you for the kind replies, -----------


The drawings by Edgar T Westbury were drawn/made, so that a 1/6th scale model could be made as a fully working steaming model.

He took a few liberties, or as some would call it --- "modellers licence", as the drawings are not exactly the same as a full sized working machine, so those anomalies are reproduced in the above 12th scale model.

The above work was done using a Unimat 3 lathe/mill combo and an Emco Maximat V10P, with an El-cheapo 'Chinese' milling machine fitted to the V10P.


Made everything first, then test fitted and sub assembled what I could before polishing, painting and then final assembly.

Added steel tyres to the wheels as well, just to make the wheels look correct.


I DO  hope this inspires others, to have a go at something out of the ordinary and be willing to just give it a go.


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Nice to see that quite a few people appreciate something different, thank you for the accolades.


Suppose this stuff is a bit far to radical, for a forum that is stuck on just 'assembling' pre-made plastic bits.


Would be marvelous to see some persons on here, actually have a go and try something that is a vastly different form of modelling. 🙂

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Wow, magnificent work. I thought the unpainted model was already beautiful and then came the pics of the painted model... First class craftsmanship. 


1 hour ago, radish1us said:

for a forum that is stuck on just 'assembling' pre-made plastic bits.

However, I do feel I have to correct you on that assumption. I think you should take the time to browse through the forum and you'll see some outstanding scratchbuilding projects. 


Sure, most of us are "just assembling" but there are other geniuses at work here. 


For starters: 









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Nice work.


However I have to say that I completely agree with @JeroenS statements. 

You obviously have not looked around this forum in any depth.


I find your comment 


6 hours ago, radish1us said:

Suppose this stuff is a bit far to radical, for a forum that is stuck on just 'assembling' pre-made plastic bits.


Is rather flippant and disparaging of the work of many members of this forum.  


You have access to lathes and milling machines and probably other equipment that are way out of the budget of many folks here. 


This is a hobby after all, and hobbies are supposed to be fun.

At one end of the spectrum, some people obtain enjoyment from assembling, some people get enjoyment from modifying/detailing, and at the other end of the spectrum some folks get satisfaction from scratchbuilding, and there's everything in between. 

A lot of folks make do with what they have and what they can afford. I've seen some amazing work on "just assembled pre made plastic bits" as you put it. Just because someone doesnt have the tools to turn a brass gun barrel or whatever does not lessen the enjoyment of the hobby or the appreciation I have of the skill and effort they have put into their model.


The resourcefulness of some of the members here is astounding. They may not have all the latest and greatest engineering gizmos, but can produce works of art as good as the next guy.



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Absolutely stunning work.


I'm sure you didn't mean to cause any offence or bad feelings but as someone who has been a modeller for over 50 years and worked as a professional model maker creating many conversions and complete kits from scratch I learnt many years ago that this is a multi-faceted hobby with no rights or wrongs. I still scratchbuild and do decal artwork for my own modelling interests as well as building straight from the box plastic kits and thoroughly enjoy both. As said above not everyone has access to the equipment you, or I, have but also not everyone wants or is able to invest the time and money to gain the necessary skills to be able use such equipment. Most modellers are perfectly happy just assembling plastic kits, after all it's their money and time they're spending, equally there are some very talented modellers on here who regularly take basic kits and turn them into detailed masterpieces.


As @keefr22 said this is model engineering which is by definition very different from plastic kit building.  It would be very easy to suggest that 3D modelling isn't true model making but it's just another aspect of our shared hobby.


Please do keep sharing techniques and showing your finished work/construction photos as they are appreciated. 



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