With so many models headed out of the house these last few weeks it was so exciting to see one headed in. My IP Engineering Lister kit arrived in yesterday’s mail and, well, I’m so excited to have it here and start looking through the box. Figured I’d share some of that excitement here too. Certainly, this one of those things I thought about a lot and then just went ahead and did. Last month I dug out my box of 16mm scale models with the plan to either make a working chassis for the Ruston or buy a chassis that could be used.
“It’s a big model of a little thing” and similar first thoughts
I pictured soft castings that fit together more by the coincidence of their shared space than any plan for their assembly. On first impression, instead, each bag of castings in this kit is filled with parts that are something I might not be creative enough to make on my own and they’re all of a quality that’s better than I think I could do on my own. I think I was worried this kit would be like the white metal kits I’d built of OO9 engines and cars as a teenager. This is better.
Because the prototype is such a small thing I kept thinking of the model in similar terms. The kit is mostly white metal castings and it’s quite heavy. In the smaller scales, my experience would suggest a tiny model would be a light model and need so much constant help across dirty track that it may as well be a push model with no motor. A quick trip across the kitchen scales rings this kit in at around five hundred grams which feels quite heavy, massive even!
The drive is simple. It is fitted into a length of metal channel and only one powered axle. I actually think I’m going to make up the powered chassis and fit it into the Ruston where it’ll be just fine. That said, I love having a chassis here that I know will work just fine under any model. So it’s a solution that works where I don’t have an alternative and while I’m enjoying playing with this I can be learning how to make one closer to what I’m looking for. I think that’s sort of the sentiment I have in mind for this kit. Working on the last few layout’s worth of track has taught me I like to work in a kind of iterative, do and then revise, style and I think that’ll work here. The size of the components in this model are large enough I can make them, enjoy them, and as I get better at making things I can remake these parts. Sort of like that joke about the family axe (“Been in my familiar for a hundred years. Only replaced the head five times and the handle seven times.”) this one model can be a focal point around which to practice skills.
The kit is designed for battery power and includes a battery holder, wires, and on/off switch. I’ve only got a small shelf to run this on and can already seeing this not as a practical idea. The wheels are insulated so converting it to track power should be easy. From there I could do my first decoder install even! Nystrup Gravel is my inspiration here and their Lister is radio-controlled and I’ve been designing a board that might work here in my model…again, iterative design is my guide so make something, make it different.
I wouldn’t have even made it this far without the generous sharing of stories of other people who built this kit and shared notes on their experience:
Nystrup Gravel’s notes have been pivotal. Claus’s model is gorgeous and a true inspiration. https://nystrupgravel.blogspot.com/search/label/Lister
Corris Hill’s article is superb. Coupled with Nystrup’s this really made me feel like I was going to be okay with this purchase. http://www.corrishill.co.uk/cmgrlister.html
Peckforton Light Railway has this article on their site that I’ve enjoyed equally: https://riksrailway.blogspot.com/2015/06/how-i-constructed-plate-frame-simplex.html
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