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The joys of modifying R-T-R for P4

Posted by Killybegs , 06 April 2012 · 398 views

It's only a rake of nine coaches you say, shouldn't take too long. That's only 18 sprung bogies with 36 axles, 72 wheels, 72 pairs of brake hangers and 144 brake shoes to assemble. Don't forget the 36 cosmetic sides. Then there are 18 Kadees to assemble and fit (after modifying the coach ends to take them), 18 corridor connections to assemble and fit, 9 sets of underframe detailing to cobble up, 9 roofs that need all those strips removing. Numbers to be changed, bogies and roofs to be painted, sides and to be weathered and I guess we ought to have a few people. Well, actually, rather a lot of people to be painted and placed on their seats.

BUT at the end of a day spent assembling just one pair of bogies (if there aren't too many interruptions), you can slip them onto the coach and send it gliding at speed through a double slip and a couple of turnouts without a care in the world. Ah, what joy!

Ah well, with five coaches down and four more bogies built we are well on the way. If you forget about the other 12 coaches still in their boxes, that is!
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richbrummitt
Apr 06 2012 18:11
I lost count there somewhere. You have nine coaches to begin with and at the end 12 still in there boxes. I know what you mean though about all these little tweaks taking a long time. It is worth it but occasionally you wonder, if things had been different, whether you could have remained happy with plonk and play?
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barrowroad
Apr 06 2012 21:16
And I now have 10 Bachmann Mk1s to convert plus the Comet D1938 Restaurant Composite to build for the Devonian. The joys of P4..........

Any chance of some photos John?


Robin
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Kempenfelt
Apr 07 2012 01:09
I hope after getting mixed up in all those numbers John you haven't forgot to cut those ribs off the roof!! :-p

After talking to Tony on Tuesday night and as part of an Easter project, I've decided to embark on the de-ribbing process, 2 roof's done so far and i've found it surprisingly satisfying! Only the 3 coaches that i'm working on at the moment, but I did dig out the box of coaches earlier today to scare myself with the potential workload!!

Keep up the good work!

Paul

I lost count there somewhere. You have nine coaches to begin with and at the end 12 still in there boxes. I know what you mean though about all these little tweaks taking a long time. It is worth it but occasionally you wonder, if things had been different, whether you could have remained happy with plonk and play?


Unfortunately you can't plonk and play in P4!

I have to admit that my interest in model railways is far more to do with building (as close to the prototype as possible) rather than operating. I hardly ever play trains at home except a bit of testing prior to exhibitions (and not much of that now I have sold Clinkerford!). Is that a bit sad? I really must get my permanent layout up and running again (not to mention finishing it) and send a few trains rattling along the embankment.

John

And I now have 10 Bachmann Mk1s to convert plus the Comet D1938 Restaurant Composite to build for the Devonian. The joys of P4..........Any chance of some photos John?Robin


Hi Robin,

Maybe when I get around to painting some roofs!

John

I hope after getting mixed up in all those numbers John you haven't forgot to cut those ribs off the roof!! :-pAfter talking to Tony on Tuesday night and as part of an Easter project, I've decided to embark on the de-ribbing process, 2 roof's done so far and i've found it surprisingly satisfying! Only the 3 coaches that i'm working on at the moment, but I did dig out the box of coaches earlier today to scare myself with the potential workload!!Keep up the good work!Paul


Paul,

All nine coaches have had the strips removed. Can't say that I found it a satisfying process. Wouldn't want to do more than one in a session - I have to avoid the men in white coats!

John
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Kempenfelt
Apr 07 2012 18:55
John,

Maybe satisfying was the wrong word, but it wasn't as tedious as I was expecting!

The first 3 coaches are now complete. I may crack on with the Hornby S&D set now whilst i'm in the mood for plastic surgery, which they frustratingly moulded the wrong roof strips on!

Looking forward to the pics once you've finished painting.

Paul

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