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HOn3 Bulldog Locomotive by gunslinger87 HOn3 Bulldog Locomotive by gunslinger87
A long, LONG time ago I had posted a drawing of a narrow gauge concept locomotive. A 3ft gauge 0-8-0 helper locomotive for the Dry Gulch & Hellingon Ry, more commonly known as the "Bulldog". Here is the original art concept.
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This is officially the FIRST model locomotive I am building from a concept! There is still much to be done, namely tweaking out the chassis and running gear to get it to roll smoothly, Adding numerous details, motorizing and gearing, ect...

Just another one of my ongoing projects I thought you would all like to see.
Oh, and this is OFFICIALLY my first HOn3 loco EVAH!!!! :iconfoxyayzplz:
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Trainandclockguy Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i wish i had your craftsman ship for building engines! I get all confused when I look at the dismantle paper for trains. Then I think god help the Chinese who put this together!
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
I think the Chinese just have tiny dexterous fingers.

God's blessed me with the ability to use my hands for both large and small projects. For me I sometimes have trouble reading those papers to, so I often just disassemble a model and "learn" how that engine comes apart.

I've made a little more progress on this engine since I posted this photo. I shortened the pilot deck so it didn't stick out as far, giving the impression that the locomotive is in fact an 0-8-0T.
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Trainandclockguy Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats great to hear you learn the same way as I do! I took apart a mechanical alarm clock and knew exactly how to put back together then I hit a screw that I needed a special clock kit to loosen it so to this day it sits dismantled wating for me to put it back together once I get the tool. Also i'm glad to hear your project is going good and strong when I first saw this little girl. I thought of number 75 of the Heber valley railroad because of this locos abnormally long smoke box and frame. If you google image her you will know what I mean or watch clips from Break heart pass witch she starred in.
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Ha! I've seen that movie a number of times! I enjoy it quite a bit. And I know exactly what you mean. The pilot deck has been shortened since I took this photo. I have some more current pics of the engine in my gallery.

All that's needed is a set of gears and a motor to get her running. In the mean time I'll be fine tuning the chassis and painting and detailing the body shell.
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
a tanker with that stack, cowcatcher, and that lamp looks like Puffa (sort of) from TUGS (made an HO one!) 
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
I can see the resemblance. But I never watched that show, only seen a few screen captures. This engine was mostly inspired by one of the "options" shown in the instructions for the kit. When MDC was still around they offered a series of "3in1" kits. Though technically they were a One of Three kit. You had three options and you could pick one of them to build. They required some considerable skill as you had to extensively modify parts in order to build what you wanted from the kit(s). This one is known as a "Moose Jaws" kit. Not sure why though. :shrug:

I love the idea of big, chunky switch engines and not only is this locomotive going to be used for switching, but for helper and local service.
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:iconrockyrailroad578:
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I can already hear it with the sound "PUSH! PUSH!" when Patrick was pushing Bikini Bottom XD
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
These engines were called "Bull Dogs" because of their veracious power and performance. They're technically road switchers, designed around a road locomotive chassis, but focuses as much weight on the drivers as possible and also had fairly large boilers for more steam. This photo was taken before I shortened the front pilot deck and made it into a proper 0-8-0T.

I've got a drawing somewhere for the overall concept of the locomotive. 
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I just got a little Vulcan today in HOn30 with four tippers. It is a fun little thing and the couplers actually have a trick to uncoupling other than a bent paperclip: tilt the car a little to the side. It seriously works every time!
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
I do want to get a few of those little 0-4-0s. I want to use the chassis to convert them into On20 porters.
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
They are technically Baldwin Mastiffs, but I call mine a Vulcan.
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Well you're name is right. They are blatantly patterned after a vulcan design! I saw a photo of the prototype somewhere, but the BCH 0-4-0 is not a Baldwin or Porter product, but a Vulcan.
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Therailking2998 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It would be for my narrow guage sugar cane railroad
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Therailking2998 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'd buy it from you
How much would u want for it or would you trade?
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
First off, I'm not even finished building it yet. I don't even have a motor and gears for it at present.

Not to sound rude, but the model is not for sale.
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Therailking2998 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
its ok but got tips so I can build my own?
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:icongunslinger87:
gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Well, this locomotive I didn't make entirely from scratch. This was a pretty rare kit made my MDC Roundhouse before I was even born! (and I'm 25) ^^;

The kit is for the advanced modeler/kitbasher, in other words this kit is not meant to build a specific locomotive. In fact this kit included a number of additional parts so you can build one of 2 project options.

However, you COULD collect the parts and then assemble essentially the same model as I am. The frame is of an MDC Roundhouse HOn3, outside frame 2-8-0. the body shell is from a standard gauge 0-6-0 saddle tank locomotive. (Also MDC) The body shell has been HEAVILY modified, hacked and slashed to be what it is now.

There was a more modern strait smoke stack cast directly. So I hacked it of at the base and used an MDC "Congdon" style smoke stack in its place. I'm also using box headlamps rather than more modern electric ones. And there is still much to be done before I can even consider this to be anywhere near "finished".
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:icontherailking2998:
Therailking2998 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow and thanks bro!
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FiddlingFox Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Very Cool!
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Much Obliged! :D
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
I remember adoring that old saddle tank 0-8-0 drawing you did! This 0-8-0 bash is just as amazing. I swear I saw a kit somewhere recently for a loco like this... by Mantua, maybe...?
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
As far as I know, MDC was the only one to produce this kit. However it is NOT for the novice modeler. The kit is specifically targeted to kitbasher. All the metal parts are rough cast to YOU have to remove the flashing and smooth and debur the parts.

Also the body shell needed extensive modification to fit the chassis as shown here. And even more so for me because I deviated from the instructions a bit. I cut down the cylinder saddle by roughtly 1/8 of an inch, hacked the body shell quite a bit to. The instructions called to cut out a single section, which meant loosing one of the domes. However I wanted to keep all three, so I took out the same amount of material from between the domes. I also had to lower the boiler and saddle tank so that it fit level on the frame. As a result I also had to add a new front cab wall.

And I'm nowhere near done yet!! ^^;
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Ahhh, MDC, okay, that rings a bell. ^^; Yeah, I remember reading how ridiculous the "kit" was-- just a bunch of spare, non-fitting parts tossed in a box, basically. Sounds like a really nice customization job you're doing. Keep it up!
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
I wouldn't exactly call it a box full or random parts... but hey, it's a neat kit to work with! ;p
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SilverwolvesForever Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oooh...purdy...
Does the Dry Gulch & Hellingon have any connection with the Devil's Gulch and Helengon of Gorre & Daphetid fame? :)
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
I will confess that was the inspiration. Though it is my own original railway.
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trainboi Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Awesome! I did an RPO recently; I wish you the best of luck with this(especially if you plan on adding any handrails).
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Joel-Swedish-Dragon Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Cute lil' doggie-loco:meow:
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:icongunslinger87:
gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
it'll look even better when its finished! :)
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Joel-Swedish-Dragon Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Ah, awezome. :meow:
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Gelgoog328 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, very nice!
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:icongunslinger87:
gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Much Obliged!!
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WLynx Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
>>Please do leave a comment about it! It would be greatly appreciated!! ;p
This is extraordinary work, dude! Also I like to travel on railroad.
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:icongunslinger87:
gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
It's the only way to REALLY travel!! XD
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WLynx Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, I agree with you :)!
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great job it looks just like the drawing:)
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
There is still a lot that needs to be done, adding details, tweaking the chassis, shortening the pilot, and a few other things. But its coming along a lot better than I thought it would!! ;p
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gh22 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
For your first go at scratch building locomotives this is very well done AJ :)
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:icongunslinger87:
gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Its not exactly my first bash, its my first HOn3 kitbash. (HO narrow gauge)

I still have a wagon top boiler 2-8-0, an On20 0-4-0T Porter, and On20 caboose, and a few other things on my workbench. ^^
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gh22 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Well then i wish you good luck with your future projects ^^
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Much Obliged! :)
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gh22 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
^^
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Eddie-Sand Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
D'awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

That actually is really well done. From a model building standpoint. The mated of the body and frame are superb. I would however have a different pilot beam. The massive gap between the cylinders and the pilot deck is a tad bit obtrusive. Perhaps getting rid of the pilot deck and just having the pilot beam supported by the bar frame closer to the smoke-box would alleviate this.

Please tell me you will sand off those horrid molded on sand lines.
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
As said in the artists' comments section, there is still a lot to to. Shortening the pilot is on that list. just pondering on how just to do it. :plotting:

I'm debating on what to do with the sand lines. Usually I don't like cast/molded in details, but I don't mind these. Still on the fence about it though.
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Eddie-Sand Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
I would cut away the deck and just have the pilot beam on the ends of the frame. Would provide a little eye candy cosmetics as one would be able to see a little bit of the track below/locomotive brake piping detail between the cylinder castings and the beam.

It's up to you as the lines may not seem as obtrusive IRL as the do in a photo. Then again, nothing a light sanding down and some brass wire won't cure. (I did that with the #2. All the piping was sanded down/removed and replaced with brass wires)
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KirovRampager Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very very nice work ^^
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gunslinger87 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Much obliged! :iconfoxpfftplz:
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