The Modelling of the Rev W Awdry Dec 10, 2014 19:19:22 GMT HampshireNutjob, nkp1993, and 2 more like this
Post by WhitehouseFilms on Dec 10, 2014 19:19:22 GMT
The Modelling of the Rev W Awdry
[/div]As most of you would know, The Reverend Awdry was a Model railway enthusiast and over the years has made wonderful models of his Railway Series Characters to help the illustrators get an idea as to what the character looked like. The same goes to the locations of Sodor which were created in miniature and operate to a realistic fashion.
I've been taking an interest in The Reverend's modelling since I got back into modelling and tried to recreate his models as best as I can using ready made products.
Similar to the RWS research thread on this forum, this thread focuses on the models that the Reverend Awdry made, what was used to make them and how they can be recreated using RTR (Ready to run)items. The Real Lives of Thomas website includes info on the models' constructions but there are some models that intrigue us to know how they were made and what products were used to make them.
So if you have any info that you wish to share, feel free to post and share your thoughts.
I'll start us off with the first engine Character to be made in model forum, Thomas.
As mentioned in the 1979 Annual text, Thomas was bought as a RTR model from Stewart Reidpath. The model was a metal cast body representing a freelance version of the LMS Jinty. It is said that model is based off a HO model but ATM I’m unsure which model in particular it was based off. The model was painted sky blue with red lining as in the books and was put into service when the NWR layout was exhibited for the first time in the late 1940’s. Although the model didn’t have the proper appearance as Thomas, including not having the extended tanks and had red sidrods, it still is a wonderful model and operated quite smoothly. The model went through, I think, 3 repaints (You can tell by the lining)and since Reidpaths passing in the 50’s, it had to be operated ‘like an old gentleman’ as parts would be tricky to get hold off.
Model used to make it in different livery
A spare Thomas was made for emergencies using a Tri-ang Jinty model. A clip of this model operating can be seen in the link below.
A third model made from a modified Hornby E2 soon came into service. This model is a true version of Thomas pre-breakfast and can be seen in quite a few photos.
So what became of these models? Well the SR and Jinty models are in the care of the Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society and are still in operating order. Those who have seen my video of the Ffarquhar Mark 2 layout would have seen the SR model performing with ease. The only thing which questions me and I don’t know for sure if the Talyllyn has it in their collection, is what became of the E2 model? I’m not entirely sure if it got preserved or given away but that might be something for me to look into.
To recreate these models will require some modifications or a simple repaint. To recreate the Reidpath model I would say to slightly modify a Hornby R1 by trimming the front part of the splashers a bit and give it a repaint.
For the Jinty model, a simple repaint and lining is all that is required.
The E2 might be a bit tricky as the moulding might be tricky to find. But a modification to the Hornby Thomas model can be done just the same way. Some new parts from the Alan Gibson range and a bit of plasticard will be all that is needed to get the look you need. Or you could buy a SE Finecast whitemetal kit of an E2, make up the extended tanks using plasticard, file away a bit of the metal at the rear dip in the running board and remake it using plasticard to make sure it’s straight. A bit of plasticard widen the depth of the buffer beam and that should do it.
One of my workbench videos shows the process of making the kit into Thomas, without splasher and straightened rear footplate.
Any info on the model you would like to share or want to discuss about any other model feel free to do so.