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GWR Small Metro Tank (5) - More detail and progress

Posted by Ian Smith , 18 October 2014 - * * * * * · 1,297 views
2FS, GWR, Metro Tank
GWR Small Metro Tank (5) - More detail and progress Continuing with the addition of detail, I have now completed the bunker assembly. This required the addition of the coal rails, the lamp sockets, the handrails and the fire iron hooks.

The coal rails are simply 2 lengths of 0.3mm straight brass wire that were taped down while narrow strips of 0.004" nickel silver were soldered across them centrally and a...


GWR Small Metro Tank (4) - Footplate Detail

Posted by Ian Smith , in Rolling Stock - Locomotives 03 October 2014 - * * * * * · 1,115 views
GWR, 2FS, Metro Tank
GWR Small Metro Tank (4) - Footplate Detail As they say the devil is in the detail ...

The body is now in 3 sub components :
Boiler, Cab & Tanks

And now comes the slow task of adding the minor components and details to these to achieve a complete model. The first part to be "detailed up" is the Footplate. To this I need to add the springs and axle boxes for the leading...


GWR Small Mero Tank (3)

Posted by Ian Smith , in Rolling Stock - Locomotives 09 September 2014 - * * * * * · 1,356 views
GWR, 2FS, Metro Tank
Some significant progress has been made with my first scratch built 2FS loco - It works!!!

Following on from the last instalment, I had determined that I needed to construct some of the body work in order that I could determine how well or otherwise my dog clutch arrangement would be successful in transferring drive from the motor to the gearbox. A dog...


GWR Small Metro Tank (2)

Posted by Ian Smith , in Rolling Stock - Locomotives 13 August 2014 - * * * * * · 1,289 views
2FS, GWR, Metro Tank
The chassis has moved on a little since the previous post, a gearbox has been milled and the profile of the chassis has been milled/filed to shape.

The gearbox has a peg at the rear right corner which locates in a corresponding hole in the main chassis block, and a 12BA bolt secures the gearbox to the block at the front. Cutouts in the main chassis (an...


GWR Small Metro Tank (1)

Posted by Ian Smith , in Rolling Stock - Locomotives 28 July 2014 - * * * * * · 1,334 views
2FS, GWR, Metro Tank
A couple of years ago, I made a somewhat abortive start on a 2FS scratch built loco. I had got to the stage of a rolling chassis, and a body that consisted of footplate, valances, buffer beams and a cab bunker. Where I had failed was getting the chassis to actually run happily. In the end, I decided to shelve the project and move onto my 1854 Saddle Tank...


Modbury - Trackwork 4 (Turnout Operation)

Posted by Ian Smith , in Trackwork 12 July 2014 - * * * * * · 1,574 views
GWR, 2FS, Baulk Road, Memory Wire
Now that most of the trackwork has been installed on the first (Exeter end) baseboard, it is time to try it out!!!

Before I can though, a Turnout Operating Unit needed to be built. The first thing required is a method of connecting the Switch Rails to any under board gubbins. Obviously I had already thought all of this out up front, but I did need to ope...


Modbury - Trackwork 3

Posted by Ian Smith , in Trackwork 03 July 2014 - * * * * * · 1,351 views
GWR, 2FS, Baulk Road
Finally, a start on building the Baulk Road track work for Modbury...

Initially, the baulks for the station approach along the embankment have been laid. These were fixed to the track bed with really runny super glue, capillary action sucking the adhesive under the baulk as it was held in position. The baulk for the other rail was laid at the same time u...


Modbury - Trackwork 2

Posted by Ian Smith , in Trackwork 28 June 2014 - * * * * * · 1,259 views
2FS, GWR, Baulk Road
Before a start can be made actually trying to lay track work, I first decided to try to make some of the components for the Baulk Road track.

The plain track work will be represented by laying HO scale (2.3mm wide) PCB sleeper strip longitudinally beneath the rails. However, the Baulks that lie beneath the crossing V's and the switch baulks themselves...


Modbury - Trackwork 1

Posted by Ian Smith , in Trackwork 24 June 2014 - * * * * * · 1,125 views
Now that I have completed the baseboards, a start can be made on the track work...

However, as preparation is everything I first wanted to put down a raised track bed. This is formed from some 1/32" bass wood sheet which was fixed to the baseboard top with PVA, and weighted while it dried. This was done in relatively small sections by transposing the T...


2FS GWR 4 & 6 Wheel Coaches - T47

Posted by Ian Smith , in Rolling Stock - Coaches 20 June 2014 - * * * * * · 1,326 views
2FS, GWR, T47
A mad dash to complete the third coach in the set in readiness for the 2mm Scale Association Supermeet at Kidderminster tomorrow has seen the T47 Brake Third almost finished. Unfortunately, time has just run out so it will have to run on St Ruth as it is.

This coach is another of the set from Worsley Works, and is again riding on a slightly modified Dav...


Modbury - Baseboards (3) - Complete

Posted by Ian Smith , in Baseboards 12 June 2014 - * * * * * · 912 views
Last week I managed to complete the second traintable for Modbury (the Exeter end one). Over the last couple of days I have painted the baseboards so that I am now in a position to actually start laying the track (although that will have to wait for a few days as I want to get my third 4 wheel coach complete ready for the 2mm Association event at Kiddermi...


2FS GWR 4 & 6 Wheel Coaches - U4, T38 continued

Posted by Ian Smith , in Rolling Stock - Coaches 22 April 2014 - * * * * * · 1,727 views
2FS, GWR, U4, T38
2FS GWR 4 & 6 Wheel Coaches - U4, T38 continued A little more progress with my Worsley Works 4 and 6 wheel coaches - the painting stage!!

The models were given an all over coat of etch primer after the models were thoroughly scrubbed with kitchen cleaner and rinsed thoroughly (and allowed to dry of course). Each was then masked so they the cream upper body could be sprayed (Precision Paints GWR Coach...


2FS GWR 4 & 6 Wheel Coaches - U4, T38 and Coupling

Posted by Ian Smith , in Rolling Stock - Coaches 01 April 2014 - * * * * * · 1,032 views
2FS, 2mmFS, GWR, T38, U4
A little more progress on the Worsley Works coaches, the U4 Composite and T38 Brake Third are nearing construction completion.  The T38 has been built as a 6 wheel example using one of David Eveleigh's 19'0" under frame etch kits.  Once again the brake hangers were modified to make them look a little more like GWR ones, and the axle boxes have again been...


2FS GWR 4 wheel Coaches - U4

Posted by Ian Smith , in Rolling Stock - Coaches 14 February 2014 - * * * * * · 1,035 views
GWR, 2FS, U4
Slowly making a little progress on a train of 4 wheel coaches for Modbury. The first is a 1st / 2nd Composite to what became diagram U4 when the diagram books were set up. The bodies for these vehicles are from the Worsley Works range, and comprise the sides and ends, a roof and a floor which also includes the sole bars and top foot board, and finally the...


Modbury - Baseboards (2)

Posted by Ian Smith , 31 January 2014 - * * * * * · 696 views

A little more progress has been made on the baseboards, although as is often the case there has been a step backward before resuming the stepping forward!!  

The originally made traintable used a turned peg and socket on which to rotate, whilst that worked I could not prevent the whole traintable from rocking slightly on this centre pivot point without i...


Modbury - Baseboards (1)

Posted by Ian Smith , 11 December 2013 - * * * * * · 573 views
Now that I have a home for my new layout and a plan that I am happy with, I decided that I should make a start on the baseboards.  

The first (Board 1) is the left hand traverser board.  This has been constructed from 12mm ply for the ends and top with 8mm ply sides and 6mm ply for the cross bracing.  The top was first dealt with first, a hole was drille...


Modbury - 2mm Layout Planning (and making a start)

Posted by Ian Smith , 27 November 2013 - * * * * * · 1,093 views
Having finally completed the insulation and fitting out of my new shed, I now have a hobby room with internal dimension of some 10' x 5'8".  Not huge, but large enough to house a reasonable 2mm scale model railway, a table/bench, etc.

Because this new space will also be my modelling room, what I intend to do is to construct a layout along the back wall o...


GWR Broad Gauge Goods Shed - Part 2

Posted by Ian Smith , in Buildings 11 August 2013 - * * * * * · 702 views

As a bit of a diversion from soldering bits of wire together to make a tree, I've spent a few more hours on my version of Mortonhampstead Goods Shed.

I've been trying to get the roof on.  To this end, I'd already made the main part of the roof from 0.030" plastic sheet, but because of the rather open nature of a Goods Shed I wanted to put in the roof tru...


Going Round The Twist For St. Ruth - Trees Pt 1

Posted by Ian Smith , 05 August 2013 - * * * * * · 1,465 views
2FS, Trees
I was hoping that I would be able to add this entry to the 2mm Midland Area Group's St Ruth blog (http://www.rmweb.co....og/595-st-ruth/ ), but despite assurances from Andy (D869) I don't seem to have the ability. Never mind I'll post it in my own blog for now.

At the last Area Group Meeting, I rather foolishly / bravely / enthusia...


GWR Broad Gauge Goods Shed

Posted by Ian Smith , in Buildings 30 July 2013 - * * * * * · 1,210 views
GWR, Goods Shed, Broad Gauge and 3 more...
It's been a long time since I posted anything in my blog.  However some of the items I've been working on have been documented elsewhere on RMweb :

GWR 1854 Saddle Tank conversion from Graham Farish 57xx  

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