Saturday 27 March 2010

Bashing the Pug

I'd like to think of myself as having a calm and rational head, even when provoked. Sometimes this image doesn't reflect reality. I hugely enjoy the internet forum ngrm-online it's an absolute goldmine for anyone interested in modelling narrow gauge railways, and I can not recommend it too highly. A few weeks ago the pros and cons of 'pugbashing' became the focus of debate; pugbashing being models hacked out of the old Kitmaster/Airfix/Dapol kit.Amongst all the comments were a couple of rather negative posts that questioned the value of this particular strand of model making. Having done a few bashes in my youth I thought the best response was to give it a go again and see if something worthwhile could result.

Having two and a half pug kits and three Kato mechanisms I took the tram loco route. So far I have the basic loco pretty well finished and in primer, I leave you to judge whether it's thumbs up or down for the model, but I'm happy with it. Loads of fun has been had, the mechanism runs like a dream and I'm planning a small layout that will use this loco and some other items I've got on the stocks.


Tom said...

That's looking really nice, Neil! I'm tempted to do a pug tram after the thread on NGRM... Better get my skates on to make it useful for NG South!

Simon Dunkley said...
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Simon Dunkley said...

Really nice. A touch of Hudswell Clarke about the cab, perhaps?

This answers both sides of the debate: yes, it is possible to bash a pug for a 4mm narrow gauge loco, but the results are so much better than the unthinking application of an unmodified pug body to an N gauge chassis, which always looks like, well, like a pug body on an N gauge chassis.

All power to your elbow, mate!
[Post resubmitted in the interests of clarity.]

Iain Robinson said...

I love what you have done with the kit. I thought at first the cab had an Isle of Man feel, but I see what regularity means.

So much better than all those hideous conversions back in the sixties. Which I remember, sad to say, because I was responsible for one myself.

Bashing the that a euphemism...?

Neil said...

Thank you Tom, I'd like to see what you come up with, I trust you'll post on NGRM.

I can see the Hudswell Clarke likeness in the cab too Regularity, though at the time it was the Furness well tanks I had in mind. Think they were Sharpies, but I may be wrong

You're thinking of Bishops Iain.

Iain Robinson said...

That's the last thing I would be thinking of when bashing my pug. Sorry, Neil, I'll stop now.

Roger said...

Looking good Neil. Hudswell Clarke it do be indeed!

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