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The Real NWR Number 7 by human-groveback The Real NWR Number 7 by human-groveback
Yes, I admit it. I'm a fan of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends. This picture is supposed to be a simple vector of what North Western Railway Locomotive Number 7, Toby the Tram Engine, would look like in real life. I looked at some photographs of real Great Eastern Railway Class C53s, & based the side-plates on those photos. Yes, the cylinders stuck through the side-plates on the real thing. The name on the bottom is my signature for all future visual deviations done by me.
Update: Added the bell frame, boiler, smokebox, firebox, & water tanks. When I originally finished this, it was meant to be my contribution to the Sodor Mythos fanbase's celebration of Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry's 100th birthday. However, I lost the file, so it took me a year & a half to redo it from a previous version.
Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends is copyrighted to Henson international Television Entertainment
The Railway Series is copyrighted to The Awdry Family
This piece of art is copyrighted to me
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Nictrain123 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very good! You did well! :D
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human-groveback Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I based the undercarriage design on the opening photo of the LNER Encyclopedia's J70 page. Also, you can't see it, but I went as all-out as possible with the valve gear (using a photo of a J70 with the side-plates removed for maintenance purposes as a reference).
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OkamiTakahashi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, it ain't that crappy, dude. I personally think it looks good. And you know what they say man: Practice makes perfect. Heck, I've been here 2 years and I'm still learning from my mistakes and improving upon my works.
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human-groveback Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. Also, I based Toby's undercarriage on the opening picture in this article. So, the cylinders being exposed is actually accurate. Finally, you can't see it, but I actually made the valve gear layout on the drawing under the side-plates.
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OkamiTakahashi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, nice. You seem to really know your stuff.

Welcome to the fandom. Well, can't really call it that or a community. Let's just say it's a large, scattered cluster of older fans then.
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human-groveback Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
I've been involved with the online fandom since 2007. I started this picture in 2009. I only just posted it yesterday.
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OkamiTakahashi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I see. Well, welcome anyway. :p
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human-groveback Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ok. Ya know, I never saw Blue Mountain Mystery, but I heard that it was actually good.
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OkamiTakahashi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Trust me, Brenner and McCue improved the script HEAPS with their research and previous writing skills. There's sadly still a lot of Miller influence in the plot but those moments of realism and classic nostalgia more than make up for it.
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human-groveback Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
The flashback scene makes me want to see classic episodes redone in CGI.
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