Long term readers will possibly remember back in 2016 I was given a shunting puzzle layout by one of our on again, off again LAG members (currently heading back on again which is a bonus!) and my daughter, keen as a bean to return to the Toowoomba show after her debut as an operator in 2015 was given nominal ownership and as a result it was christened Hollie Wharf.
It has been to two Toowoomba shows – 2016 and 2017 – and may go again this year depending on whether or not the planned replacement “Celyn Glanfa” is ready in time (you can look up the Welsh if your keen – and if you are Welsh and don’t like Google Translator's answer, please get in touch with a better one!) although there is the complication that the magic smoke seems to have escaped somewhere late on the last day of the show last year (which is one of the many reasons I am glad Ken is back into British N for a bit as he has offered to trouble shoot his home made circuitry).
Now, being a wharf Hollie and I both felt it was important to have a vessel or two to have at the dockside. Again, long term readers may remember (and you can certainly hunt back to 2016) that there was some detailing bits done with my Aldi 3D printer. One of these bits was to make a start on converting an Ertl push along Bulstrode the Barge from the Thomas the Tank Engine collection into something more like a costal steamer.
I have fortunately obtained a second one from the Bay of E for not a lot and, this time, have managed to remember to take more pictures of the process. The modification is by no means complete but I thought a Part I would be useful – if for no other reason than to make me get a move on so Part II gets done!
Below is what I started with. It comes apart easily by removing a few screws from underneath
The component bits. I chucked the wheelhouse as it is over scale. I also chucked the bit with the wheels in it as being no use to any plans I have nor could I see how it would be useful in the future. Hope I don’t regret that.
Having dismantled everything the hull section looks like this. Not particularly useful if you want a waterline model but I have a bench sander and, having fitted it with a worn fine grade belt, I took it down to the waterline pretty quickly and easily.
The deck insert was next – before on the left, after on the right.
I removed the bollards (dunno what else you’d call them) from the bow and stern, cut a hole where the cargo hold is and trimmed down the lugs which had secured it all together.
So I now have a hull ready for building onto. At this stage, this vessel, tentatively named Ruby, is going to be a sister vessel to the one we already have, the Amity. Both carrying coal around the coast from wherever Hollie Wharf is.
Now to sort out the 3D printer and find the print files for the new bollards!