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Fen End Pit - Shed windows and brickwork

Posted by Fen End Pit , 17 July 2017 - * * * * * · 274 views

To make a change from printing corrugated iron I thought I'd have a go at printing some window frames and brick plinth. Fen End Pit's architectural consultant pointed out that glass panes in this kind of window would never have been square. I intended these to look like cast iron frames with a hinged opening section in the centre. I intend to add a window...


Fen End Pit - Corrugated Iron overload

Posted by Fen End Pit , 09 July 2017 - - - - - - · 345 views

Progress continues on the new engine shed for Fen End Pit. Lots of sheets of corrugated iron have been coming off the 3-D printer. I have printed a number of different sizes and shapes to save wastage from printing large sheets and cutting them down. The roof has a single large sheet printed which curves over the top of the roof and then there are two sho...


Fen End Pit - Starting on the shed

Posted by Fen End Pit , 30 June 2017 - - - - - - · 398 views

Thanks to various comments on and offline the curvy roofed option won! 
I drew up the timber frame in TurboCAD and cut it out in 6mm ply on the laser-cutter this lunchtime. The resulting structure is 'quite large'. 
One of the reasons I opted for the curved roof was that I'd solved the problem of how to make curved corrugated iron. With...


Fen End Pit - Nurse! Nurse! the screens!

Posted by Fen End Pit , 26 June 2017 - - - - - - · 452 views

On the original Fen End Pit the rotating screen was placed against the backscene by the fiddleyard. The motor was hidden in the fiddleyard and drove the screen via a couple of intermediate gears. In the revised layout this arrangement wasn't going to be possible and I'd puzzled over how to make the drive work. 16mm scale is big and it dawned on me that an...


Fen End Pit - Would like your views on shed design

Posted by Fen End Pit , 25 June 2017 - - - - - - · 381 views

Progress continues on the works end of Fen End Pit and I've started thinking about the design of the two road shed. The size is fixed by the site, 330mm x 220mm and the height which needs about 9 scale feet. I want something suitably agricultural and given the Fens the construction material of choice would seem to be corrugated iron. (homage to Dennis fro...


Fen End Pit - Track completed and wired on the new works board

Posted by Fen End Pit , 20 June 2017 - * * * * * · 406 views

Over the last month I've managed to complete the track laying on the final board of the rebuilt Fen End Pit. This board is completely new and will feature a two-road engine shed as well as the unloading point, conveyor and rotating screen. Most of the point work and track has 3D printed track bases simulating the corrugated steel sleepers of Hudson Jubile...


Work on a Hornby J15

Posted by Fen End Pit , 13 May 2017 - * * * * * · 542 views

When Hornby announced that they were producing a J15 I was very happy. A favourite locomotive read-to-run and an excuse to get a second to go along side my kit build model Alan Gibson. 
Initial inspection gave the impression of a nicely made model but the more I looked at it the more I felt disappointed. What on earth made them get the handra...


Fen End Pit - 3D printed U skip

Posted by Fen End Pit , 24 April 2017 - * * * * * · 470 views

While on holiday in Cornwall over Easter I visited the bookshop of the Launceston Steam Railway and purchased a copy of the Robert Hudson Light Railway catalogue from 1915 as reprinted by the Narrow Gauge Railway Society. I decided I'd try to draw up and print a U skip more as a scenic feature than as a working piece of rolling stock. I trust one small p...


Braking a Binnie - Part 4

Posted by Fen End Pit , 01 April 2017 - * * * * * · 371 views

Now all of you were far too polite to point out that just sticking a brake wheel on the back of a skip wouldn't exactly do much to slow it down and that my skip was actually lacking something very important i.e. brakes! I had fitted a second copy of my brake platform parts to another Binnie kit and spent Friday evening measuring and drawing (on paper) the...


Fen End Pit - Giant Caterpillars

Posted by Fen End Pit , 25 March 2017 - * * * * * · 438 views

When I first build the 10RB dragline back in 2000 the tracks were made by heating plasticard under the grill and using a simple press tool to form each of the track plates. The result didn't look too bad but 17 years of service they had got pretty worn out. The plasticard was only 20 thou so the pressings didn't really capture the nature of the solid cast...

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