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Profile Milling: Getting there...

Posted by Ruston , 11 June 2018 - - - - - - · 405 views

Today I happened to be in Leeds, so I took the opportunity to call in at Pantograph Services and get a new cutter, plus have a few of the old ones that I have been given re-ground. 
Earlier this evening, and with a new cutter in the machine, I tried again. I have found that rather than attempting to take several shallow cuts it is better to take one...


Profile Milling: A shaky start

Posted by Ruston , 09 June 2018 - - - - - - · 276 views

I have now got the machine up and running but I am not ready to produce anything yet. I have just had a go at making the running plate for one of the locos that I am working toward scratchbuilding and it hasn't turned out as well as I would have liked. Running plate, straight off the machine.
 After cleaning up, several problems have come to li...


The Eagle Has Landed

Posted by Ruston , 29 May 2018 - * * * * - · 542 views

Ok, so it's not an eagle but a quarter of a ton of metal, a Taylor Hobson Model D engraving machine, a.k.a a profile or pantograph milling machine. It was quite a game to get it off the back of a trailer and into position in the garage. A crowbar and a couple of socket set extension bars helped. "Give me a place to stand and a lever long enough and I will...


Pantograph Milling

Posted by Ruston , 28 May 2018 - - - - - - · 475 views

If you have followed any of my recent scratchbuilds you will have noticed how I have made use of pantograph milling. Up until now I have made my own patterns but a friend has cut the parts on his machine.Tomorrow I should take delivery of my own machine, which will mean I can make parts as and when I need them and not have to reply on the goodwill of my f...


Oxford/Golden Valley Janus repaint

Posted by Ruston , 22 May 2018 - - - - - - · 281 views

The livery is that of the fleet of Yorkshire Engine Co. Janus diesels at the UES Aldwarke works in the mid 1980s to around 2000 and it will be finished with running number 32 from that fleet. 
All that remains to be done is the application of the running number on the cabsides and possibly a British Steel logo too.


Keyser Kits Hudswell Clarke Pt. IV

Posted by Ruston , 27 March 2018 - - - - - - · 493 views

The carrier for the crown wheel is done. The wheel is fixed to the carrier by 2-part epoxy glue and the carrier has been drilled and tapped to take a 14BA grub screw, with a flat milled on the axle.The set up has been tested by sticking the two wires onto a controller and it is amazingly smooth.

I have also started to assemble the cylinders, slidebars etc.


Keyser Kits Hudswell Clarke Pt.III

Posted by Ruston , 24 March 2018 - - - - - - · 371 views

The main frames are ready for the Fitting Shop.

The kit frames are crude, to say the least. The front area of the kit frames consisted of two pieces of cast whitemetal with slots to take the cylinders; a quite ridiculous design, especially when the rest has been made from milled brass. My replacement version is full-length, of course, and has locating h...


Keyser Kits Hudswell Clarke Pt.II

Posted by Ruston , 17 March 2018 - * * * * * · 400 views

I have done a little more on the bodywork - handrail added but I have used proper brass knobs and .45mm brass wire rather than the oversize plastic knobs and coil of steel wire provided. As predicted, the pipework was destroyed in attempting to remove it from the shrink-wrap, so I have made my own from copper wire, bits of brass tubing and an etched brass...


Keyser Kits Hudswell Clarke

Posted by Ruston , 14 March 2018 - * * * * * · 564 views

I've had this one since December last year when I took in part-exchange for a draughtsman's drawing board that I obtained for a bargain price. I had ideas of producing drawings for making patterns for profile-milling but, as it turned out, the board was rather large and the stand was solid cast iron and almost killed me getting it into the back of the van...


Ruston 48DS - Gauge 3 commission

Posted by Ruston , 14 March 2018 - - - - - - · 409 views

I have buil models of the Ruston & Hornsby 48DS type in 2mm,4mm, 7mm, Gauge One and now Gauge 3. This is my first build of anything in this scale and it's hard work. The nickel silver sheet that the frames and brake components are made from is so thick and hard that I have had to abandon the usual methods of removing parts from the frets and resort to...


Tractor/loader conversion

Posted by Ruston , 09 March 2018 - - - - - - · 269 views

I have been asked to build a tractor/loader, as per the one I built for Royd Hall. After having the base tractor since the GOG Telford show, last year, I have finally got my finger out and finished it. The whole job was to weather the tractor and to construct and fit and weather the loader. 
Instead of the cast iron (turned brass) wheel ballast weigh...


In a time when dinosaurs walked the earth...

Posted by Ruston , 01 March 2018 - - - - - - · 555 views

At least it looks like it could be from that far back. It's certainly ancient and it's difficult to believe that modellers had to put up with this sort of thing in the dim and distant. This Great Eastern Neilson saddletank was given to me earlier this week. There is also a complete unbuilt kit which, if anything, is even worse. The frames on the unbu...


N.E.R.Dia, S1 Ironstone wagon in Gauge One (1/32 scale)

Posted by Ruston , 12 February 2018 - - - - - - · 561 views

I have just finished this build for the same chap that I built the Ruston 48DS for.

The kit is sold under the Mercian name but seems to have been created by Old Originals. It's not a difficult build but would have been easier if an exploded diagram was provided in addition to pages of written instructions.


Yorkshire Engine Company Class I - ex-works

Posted by Ruston , 06 February 2018 - - - - - - · 594 views

Basic painting, crew figures added, real Yorkshire coal in the bunker and tested up and down and through points. Now ready for delivery.


Yorkshire Engine Company Type I

Posted by Ruston , 22 January 2018 - * * * * * · 455 views

A comission build in OO gauge. CSP (ex-Agenoria) kit. 
The majority of this class of engine were built for various branches of United Steel and were copies of a Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns design with small alterations, such as the smokebox, that tell the Yorkshire versions from the RSH versions. 
It was supplied with a Mashima 10/20, whi...


Messing about with decal paper

Posted by Ruston , 21 November 2017 - - - - - - · 371 views

The Black Hawthorn, the Manning Wardle and the next couple of personal projects in the pipeline are intended to go on my yet-to-be-built late Victorian/Edwardian light railway/ mineral railway. One difficulty with fictitious industrial locations set in the times of private owner wagons is that your fictitious company can't really use RTR wagons in the liv...


4mm Black Hawthorn Pt. 3

Posted by Ruston , 17 November 2017 - * * * * * · 415 views

I have jumped forward massively and have finished it. 5050 pressed the wheels on for me on Wednesday (thanks, Paul). I was going to post a photo of the chassis but flat batteries on my camera, and RMweb being down on Wedneday meant that I didn't and just got on with it. 
I have finished it with minmal weathering - just some metalcote and a bit of rus...


4mm Black Hawthorn Pt. 2

Posted by Ruston , 08 November 2017 - * * * * * · 455 views

The cab is now on, as are all fittings, pipes and castings plus the home-made block buffers. Getting sufficient weight into something this small is always a challenge and so far only the smokebox and bunkers have been filled with lead. To enable more weight to be added in the boiler space I am swapping the provided 10/24 motor for a 10/20.


4mm Black Hawthorn

Posted by Ruston , 06 November 2017 - - - - - - · 462 views

One of my own projects, for my next layout. It is the High Level kit of a Black Hawthorn 0-4-0ST. I got the bulk of the bodywork done, yesterday, but that's always the easy part, isn't it?

This kit is based on Wellington (former Holwell No.3 ) I am going to fit disc wheels, as on Bauxite No.2 , in the NRM. Although Bauxite appears to be a slightly...


Gauge One 48DS

Posted by Ruston , 06 November 2017 - * * * * - · 365 views

Another comission build. This is the first time I have ever built anything in Gauge One and it's quite an eye-opener. The inner chassis is made of very thick nickel silver that completely defeated my soldering iron and I had to use the RSU. In fact I ended up soldering everything with that. The kit is from Old Originals, whom I had never heard of bef...

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