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Re: Spares and repair discoveries
« Reply #45 on: September 23, 2014, 10:10:18 am »
Often there are boxes of scrap bodies ( usually diesels which need glazing and perhaps without a buffer beam) on fleabay - a box of those would give you a few years of work.

Most people don't bid on them because they wouldn't know where to start. Would be perfect for you.

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Re: Spares and repair discoveries
« Reply #46 on: September 23, 2014, 10:11:15 am »
Dr Al has a load on Ebay at the moment ....



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Re: Spares and repair discoveries
« Reply #47 on: September 23, 2014, 10:17:02 am »
Very neat crisp lining there - you will be the envy of many.

A little finishing touch would be to paint the pickup strips between the wheels black  :thumbsup:

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Re: Spares and repair discoveries
« Reply #48 on: September 23, 2014, 10:19:00 am »
I've got a Class 50, a B1, a B12, a Prairie, a 7F and a series of in-bits Fleischmanns on the conveyor belt at the moment... but I can always be tempted with more to do! ;)
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Re: Spares and repair discoveries
« Reply #49 on: September 23, 2014, 10:27:20 am »
I've spotted her on fleabay Oz! Sure she'll do well.

Yup, if the scrap goes cheap enough then bag it! You can always put it away for a rainy day and I suspect that the more you get into this, the quicker (without loss to quality) you'll get at it, perhaps having a few on the go at the time.

Now, what are you going to call your studio? Mandias Models? OzWorks?

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Re: Spares and repair discoveries
« Reply #50 on: September 23, 2014, 10:30:44 am »
The Hall looks absolutely brilliant.  Love it.  I do like red loco's though!!!

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Re: Spares and repair discoveries
« Reply #51 on: September 23, 2014, 10:48:06 am »

Now, what are you going to call your studio? Mandias Models? OzWorks?

Dan

Ha! Thanks Dan! :) How about "The Despair Depot"...? ;)
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« Reply #52 on: September 23, 2014, 11:31:19 am »

Now, what are you going to call your studio? Mandias Models? OzWorks?

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Ha! Thanks Dan! :) How about "The Despair Depot"...? ;)

Yeah - sounds good! She's up to GBP10.50 already! This one could be a ripper and ripe for the "ebay madness strikes again thread" (in the best possible taste of course).

"Bodies only" go for silly amounts on ebay - you could always turn scrap into something very desirable. I was just thinking that you said you would like to do another one if you cold get hold of the chassis. The diesel market for bodies is very helpful.

If you had some fancy little plastic packets / boxes to put them in I'd say you might, just might, get people paying silly money for these things. I'm not suggesting that's your aim or intention and I can see it's all about the enjoyment, but hey oh, why not give it a go if you fancy it, a kind of side project.

You could build up a name for yourself within the n community!

Top respect to you Oz! Just look at the number of views you've had! Us bore's get nowhere near that amount of views sparring about re-wiring of armatures!

People are really interested in what you are doing.

Dan
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Re: Spares and repair discoveries
« Reply #53 on: September 23, 2014, 11:46:34 am »
Thanks Dan! :)

I really like this forum - everyone's so helpful and positive.

Once I've cleared my workbench a bit, I was thinking of doing a Pannier Tank and a Prairie in London Transport livery - so watch this space!
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Re: Spares and repair discoveries
« Reply #54 on: September 23, 2014, 11:50:33 am »
Don't forget us diseasel infected lot!
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Re: Spares and repair discoveries
« Reply #55 on: September 23, 2014, 11:56:29 am »
Don't forget us diseasel infected lot!

Well if I can find a chassis I've got a metal Class 52 kit body I was going to do in Desert Sand livery... ;)
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Re: Spares and repair discoveries
« Reply #56 on: September 23, 2014, 01:04:48 pm »
Don't forget that shows (even local ones) are a great place to pick up bodies much cheaper than on ebay. Rummage around the scrap boxes and you'll find something interesting. Anoraks Anonymous had some interesting stuff at TINGS. Even Bachmann weren't bad - I picked up a DRS class 20 body for 4 quid (knocked down from a fiver due to one buffer missing) and a Poole Class 47 Virgin "Graham Farish" for 3 quid (knocked down from a fiver due two missing buffers).

Be a bit cheeky and ask "how much do you want for this" but obviously don't extract the proverbial.

I reckon you'll get scrap (chipped, scratched etc.) bodies for a quid or two! I picked up a Class 55 "Alycidon" body from Anoraks for 3.50!

Ah, was just thinking, and it's only a suggestion, obviously you take it in the direction you wish, but if you go down the "body only" route then you could keep a chassis of every type, just for fine tuning the fitting, to make sure it looks right etc. etc. and then specialise in the bodies. If you want to sell complete locos (chassis and body) then obviously you're going to have to be on the hunt for chassis aswell and will be competing with the "spares merchants" who bid on the chassis purely to cannibalise them as spares.

Just my thoughts Oz, nothing more!

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Re: Spares and repair discoveries
« Reply #57 on: September 23, 2014, 01:15:39 pm »
I hadn't thought about doing bodies only - do you think there would be a demand?
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Re: Spares and repair discoveries
« Reply #58 on: September 23, 2014, 01:45:02 pm »
I personally think that at the level you are up to, yes , there is a demand. It would be interesting to hear what others think, since I'm only but one voice.

The reason I was coming at it from the "body only" angle was because that seems to be your speciality, both in terms of what you enjoy and what you create / add value.

For example, you pick up a body for 3-5 quid. It sells for 15 quid. You've really added value there, to the tune of 200-400%.

Now, let's say you do the above but also add a chassis. Let's say the chassis costs you 25 quid (judging by ebay). You sell the body and chassis combo and it goes for 50 quid. Your component costs (body and chassis) are 30 quid (5 + 25), and your sale price is 50 quid. Total return is 66%.

Do you see what I'm getting at, your value is in creating fantastic bodies. You're not creating value by sticking a chassis underneath it, you're merely transferring an asset.

Sorry it's all in monetary terms above. I only put it in that context to show you where your value lies. Now, like I said before, you might not actually care about that and you might take pride in selling complete locos - nothing wrong with that either.

It's funny how stuff goes on ebay. 1+1 doesn't equal 2 on that website! You'll see people splitting bodies from chassis and selling them separately. Why you might ask? The reason is because a body and chassis will sell for more INDIVIDUALLY than as one piece. Crazy I know, and I personally am not a fan of it, but that's the market.

There's a guy on ebay - Scotsman something is his username who knocks out chassis on a weekly basis. Every now and then, he'll list a load of bodies. You'll more often than not see the chassis sold separately because he knows he can get more for them on their own. It's a strange logic, but that's ebay. People bid in strange ways!

Again, at the end of the day it's a hobby and you pursue it in the way that best suits you. Not trying to dress it up in purely monetary terms, just trying to explain the "madness of ebay".

Cheers

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« Reply #59 on: September 23, 2014, 01:56:35 pm »
I personally think that at the level you are up to, yes , there is a demand. It would be interesting to hear what others think, since I'm only but one voice.

The reason I was coming at it from the "body only" angle was because that seems to be your speciality, both in terms of what you enjoy and what you create / add value.

For example, you pick up a body for 3-5 quid. It sells for 15 quid. You've really added value there, to the tune of 200-400%.

Now, let's say you do the above but also add a chassis. Let's say the chassis costs you 25 quid (judging by ebay). You sell the body and chassis combo and it goes for 50 quid. Your component costs (body and chassis) are 30 quid (5 + 25), and your sale price is 50 quid. Total return is 66%.

Do you see what I'm getting at, your value is in creating fantastic bodies. You're not creating value by sticking a chassis underneath it, you're merely transferring an asset.

Sorry it's all in monetary terms above. I only put it in that context to show you where your value lies. Now, like I said before, you might not actually care about that and you might take pride in selling complete locos - nothing wrong with that either.

It's funny how stuff goes on ebay. 1+1 doesn't equal 2 on that website! You'll see people splitting bodies from chassis and selling them separately. Why you might ask? The reason is because a body and chassis will sell for more INDIVIDUALLY than as one piece. Crazy I know, and I personally am not a fan of it, but that's the market.

There's a guy on ebay - Scotsman something is his username who knocks out chassis on a weekly basis. Every now and then, he'll list a load of bodies. You'll more often than not see the chassis sold separately because he knows he can get more for them on their own. It's a strange logic, but that's ebay. People bid in strange ways!

Again, at the end of the day it's a hobby and you pursue it in the way that best suits you. Not trying to dress it up in purely monetary terms, just trying to explain the "madness of ebay".

Cheers

Dan

These are really good points, Dan - definitely food for thought, thanks! :)

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