Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Gaining traction - 1
A work in progress shot of an N-scale armoured traction engine and trailer combination I'm building for my VBCW collection. This is based loosely on the Fowler B5 road train design used by the British army during the last Boer War. The shell is basswood with card and cartridge paper in places, and the wheels and boiler cap are cast from the small pipe mold from Hirst Arts. The smokestack is a short length of aluminium tube.
On the to-do list is a length of smaller gauge brass pipe to be fixed somewhere on the cab section to take a variety of flagpoles. This will make it easy to change the factional allegiance. Some arrangement to tow the trailer will be next. I'll probably use a length of fine wire to make a hook-and-eye rig. It'll also make it easy to change the trailer for a different version when I get around to making one. I'm already thinking along the lines of something with a turret.
The trailer will have firing ports along the sides for rifles, and it can also be used for hauling supplies in hostile areas. I've yet to decide on a paint scheme for the combination, but it'll be either gray overall or a variation on the British army tank pattern of the time.