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OK_WB - North British 225hp 0-4-0DH



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Brackets and Brakes

Posted by Kenton , 29 November 2009 - - - - - - · 884 views
brakes, suspension, wheels and 1 more...
Finding a small box I have put the gussets aside for now.

The instructions now continue adding more detail, the front footplate hand-grabs, more lamp brackets, more resin mouldings (the lights) and the buffers. As already indicated I do not like adding this sort of detail until the heavy handling is complete and I really don't like adding buffers and...


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Gussets ! ! !

Posted by Kenton , 24 November 2009 - - - - - - · 289 views

Gussets!

OK I give up, what, where and why?

I have found them on the fret but haven't a real clue which way round they go and at what position. I think I have found the lower front ones [55] and rear ones [54] on the plan drawing but at what height? The top leading ones [64] are so small - blink and you will miss them. Anyway I did take the...


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Handrails and radiator

Posted by Kenton , 22 November 2009 - - - - - - · 696 views
engine casing, kitbuild and 2 more...
There is still quite a bit of detailing to add to the engine casing.

Starting with the engine top cover which was made by first laminating together a half-etched top and [51] and [50] followed by a bottom spacer [52] that is slightly smaller all round. Before assembly, these parts were all rolled on the mat to impart on them a gentle curve. This assembly...


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Engine casing (formed)

Posted by Kenton , 15 November 2009 - - - - - - · 292 views
engine casing, exhauster and 2 more...
A quick thank you to those who seem to pop back to this blog everyday and are following despite all the yeas and nays in favour of and against these blogs. A special thanks to Michael Edge for putting up with all the criticism of his kit, yet still continuing to post useful hints.

I have to add that this kit really does not take this length of time to...


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Engine casing (flat)

Posted by Kenton , 09 November 2009 - - - - - - · 361 views
engine casing, kitbuild and 1 more...
Once again I am going to deviate slightly from the instructions. Why ask for instructions? I hear you cry out. Well sometimes the experience gained indicates there are more than one approach to constructing some parts and this is another example. You have seen with the cab that I prefer adding flat detail to etches while they are still on the fret, or at...


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The lid goes on

Posted by Kenton , 06 November 2009 - - - - - - · 281 views
cab, roof, kitbuild
Designing the cab floor attached to the frames allows the roof to be soldered on from the inside and still gives access for painting and glazing later.

The roof [22] is supplied as that 4th fret and is half-etched across most of its surface leaving only the rain strips on each side. I am so used to having to add rain strips from flattened wire this seems...


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Cab basics

Posted by Kenton , 03 November 2009 - - - - - - · 406 views
cab, baseplate, OO, brass and 1 more...
The cab window beading [34-37] can be fitted before or after assembling the cab. My preference is always to fit such items before as this enables them to be fitted flat and even before removal of the cab panels from the fret. These parts are very delicate and must be at the limit of the etching process. The cab side windows [36] are even half-etched....


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A nut allergy

Posted by Kenton , 30 October 2009 - - - - - - · 204 views
footplate, baseplate
... or at least it could feel like that ...

The superstructure of this kit is built on its own baseplate which is bolted Posted Image to the footplate.

This baseplate [10] the cab floor [11] and the footplate support [12] were removed from the fret and the tags filed off. Noting that part...


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One small step

Posted by Kenton , 28 October 2009 - - - - - - · 199 views
steps, kitbuild, footplate and 1 more...
Now for some detailing of the footplate.... Steps

Once again start by identifying the parts on the fret the footplate angles [7a,7b], the front steps [13,14], the battery boxes [44, 45], cab steps [15,16] and the jackshaft crank guard [17]. Before removing the parts, note that the front step casing [13] has rivets to be punched. Once again I recommend a...


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Buffer beams

Posted by Kenton , 24 October 2009 - - - - - - · 3,242 views
rivet press, buffers, kitbuild and 1 more...
Continuing with the footplate the next addition is the buffer beams.

These are made up of several layers laminated together. The front buffer beam is made up of five layers [8a-e] while the rear buffer beam is made up of 4 layers [9a-d]. the reasoning for the front buffer beam being thicker is so that more weight is added to the front of the loco. A lump...


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Onwards and upwards

Posted by Kenton , 23 October 2009 - - - - - - · 260 views
kitbuild, footplate, frames
The footplate of most loco builds is the platform for the rest of the locomotive and needs to be a substantial structure - I have seen (and built) several kits where the footplate is so flimsy that an inevitable curve is later introduced by the addition of the superstructure. I am not expecting such problems with this kit, however I am aware that there are...


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The basic frames

Posted by Kenton , 20 October 2009 - - - - - - · 881 views
kitbuilding, frames, chassis
So the indecision is silenced and off we go...
I guess most of those who know me guessed which way was most likely but the discussion on what is the best suspension for an 0-4-0 will no doubt continue well after this kit is complete.

The best place to start with any loco kit build is with the the chassis (sorry frames). Getting these straight and true is...


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On the start line

Posted by Kenton , 14 October 2009 - - - - - - · 390 views
kitbuilding, suspension
Instructions read and re-read, yet I cannot get over the fact that they remain incomplete as a whole, making too many assumptions of the kitbuilder's knowledge of the prototype, kit locomotives and building this type of kit. A good description of the process in text referring to numbered parts in a list and on the fret does not give the builder any real...


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Hornblock Factory

Posted by Kenton , 10 October 2009 - * * * * * · 2,017 views
kitbuilding, 4mm, hornblock, OO and 1 more...
A short diversion from the kit to produce some Alan Gibson hornblocks (one of the packs shown on the previous page).

The pack (4M60) is supplied with parts to make up 6 hornblocks for 4mm loco/tender springing. The parts are small - very small - and you need to be aware that small parts - especially...


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The Postman sometimes knocks twice

Posted by Kenton , 09 October 2009 - - - - - - · 282 views
wheels, buffers
Excellent service from Alan Gibson. I ordered the wheels, buffers and bits for this kit by telephone on Tuesday. Colin answered the phone on the first ring and took my order signing off with "it will be in the post tonight". It was, and was delivered this morning (first class) despite the...


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Prototype Revealed

Posted by Kenton , 08 October 2009 - - - - - - · 1,247 views
reference, 0-4-0, allocation and 2 more...
OK - Perhaps it is time to expose the prototype Posted Image

The prototype is the North British MAN 225hp 0-4-0DH
Specifically the third batch D2745-D2780 that were introduced from January 1960.

Yes. It is another kit from the...


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Out of the box

Posted by Kenton , 07 October 2009 - - - - - - · 211 views
brass kit, OO, fret
I couldn't wait any longer, I just had to unwrap it all and check that everything was there.

The parts list is included with the 6 sheets of A4 that make up the instructions. Not for one moment did I even think that there would be anything missing, but I did need to get a feel of that brass. :D

Three very clean frets - not that my photography in this...


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We start with a box

Posted by Kenton , 07 October 2009 - - - - - - · 257 views
brass kit, OO
So this is as much an experiment in blogging as it is in describing a new kit build. With the former I feel very much like a fish out of water for the latter .... let's just say "well here we go again". :)

Last weekend I attended my first...





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