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LNWR Coal Tank - Chassis take 2

Posted by Brassey , in LNWR Locos 04 March 2018 - * * * * * · 351 views

Despite my good intentions of building things straight from the box, I just can't stop myself from kit bashing. So in parallel to building an LNWR Coal Engine, I am working on Coal Tanks as the plumbing is the same. Also the painting and lining should be relatively easier before I paint and line the Coal Engine. 
This started out as a K's w...


LNWR Coal Engine - stage 3 chassis

Posted by Brassey , in LNWR Locos 08 February 2018 - * * * * * · 336 views

The Coal Engine chassis is at a stage where it is ready for painting before the wheels are fitted. 
I put some scrap 5" wheels on to see what size spacer I would need to eliminate side play. I also thought I would have to reposition the holes for the stretchers for the brake hangers because the frames are out. But surprisingly they are in the correct...


Scaling drawings using Adobe

Posted by Brassey , in Great Western Locos 08 February 2018 - * * * * * · 355 views

For reference, here's an example of a drawing image I have scanned and scaled using a combination of Illustrator and Photoshop. I know the wheelbase so drew a line to that dimension and scaled the drawing to fit. 
On the pasteboard above this profile of the loco is another drawing from a different source but showing the other side of the loc...


LNWR Coal Engine - stage 2 chassis

Posted by Brassey , in LNWR Locos 28 January 2018 - * * * * * · 368 views

I like to build the running plate along with the chassis to help check for clearance. It might not be so obvious from this shot but it shows how the guard irons hold the front buffer beam in place. There is not much else to hold it. The instructions say leave 1/2 mm over on the valance at the front to fit into the slots in the buffer beam. But there ar...


LNWR Coal Engine - stage 1 chassis

Posted by Brassey , 22 January 2018 - * * * * * · 324 views
LNWR, P4, Coal Engine, LRM and 1 more...
For those who may have been missing a shot of my coupling rods, here's another set, this time for a Coal Engine from the LRM kit that's underway: 
Both sets are shown mounted on my chassis jig. They matched and fitted first time. Result, or so I thought? 
The guard irons on some LRM kits are designed to attach to the bodywork ra...


Special DX Goods

Posted by Brassey , 27 May 2012 - - - - - - · 532 views
Well I've now done the rods for the Special DX so on with the Chassis and rest of the loco.


Brassey's Workbench

Posted by Brassey , 25 May 2012 - * * - - - · 305 views
LNWR, GWR, pre-grouping
Well today I have completed putting together a set of Dean Goods coupling rods which is the first job completed after an abscence of 26 or so years. These were a trial run for a set for the Special DX which is up next. Will put some images up when I have got far enough and worked out how to do it.

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