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#26 Corbs

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Posted 27 August 2017 - 23:01

A new 009 BPRC project is in the works. Whilst Bachmann are working on a 'Rheneas' that will be ripe for conversion, I figured that a 'Sir Handel' was still some years off, and the whitemetal body kit is rather cheap.

It seems that the coupled wheelbase is the same as Skarloey's, so I can use elements of that.

 

These are the basic components mocked up.

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Now, the Skarloey chassis block has been cut down at the front and rear, and the side bits lopped off.

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It looks like it's fitting together ok. The smokebox needs hollowing out.

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 07:45

Sir Hayden's wheels are bigger than Talyllyn's. It wasn't called "The Pram" for nothing.

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#28 Phill Dyson (onslaught832)

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 10:28

Fascinating stuff Corbs, I'm doing RC in 7mm  & will be going down the Deltang route myself (present loco's are Red Arrow RC). I love the idea of using old RC toy gubbins though  :locomotive:


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#29 Corbs

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 10:46

Whilst I've had to pause 'Sir Handel' for the time being until I can get my hands on a motor (in case I need to dig more of the bodywork out), I purchased a 3D print of the Talyllyn coach No.4 in FUD from Elsbridge Productions' Shapeways shop.

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It's really good! The wood grain has even come out well. This is my first 3D printed carriage and convinced me never to order anything that requires detail in WSF as it's just not worth the preparation hassle compared to FUD, which is easier to sand. Very pleased with it.

 

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 13:34

Well, I may have been wrong. While FUD is excellent for bodywork detail, its inflexibility and brittleness makes fitting wheelsets in the underframes very difficult. I have temporarily mounted the coach on some wagon wheels, by trimming the ends of the axles down and gently easing them in, but feel a better (and more free-rolling) solution may be required, possibly some brass bearings.

Possibly the underframe may have been better in WSF.

 

Here's the coach in primer prior to white coat. Currently I'm waiting for the paint to harden before attempting to clean up a masking tape disaster.

 

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 23:10

It's about time for an update from these here parts.

 

'Agnes', the 3D printed copy of TR No.4, has had more painting done. It runs very roughly, I've glued in a load of liquid gravity, which has helped. The paint needs a bit more tidying up, and then I can glaze it and add some suggestion of an interior.

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Since I had the lead out, I added some to one of the vans and the slate loads.

 

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I've also splashed out on a 3-pack kit of the Penrhyn quarrymen's coaches, to become 'Ada', 'Jane' and 'Mabel', from Narrow Planet.

 

Very nice kits to make, satisfying!

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Here they are awaiting a bit of paint and couplings.

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 20:53

Right then, got the couplings, fitted them, and.... The loco could not pull them. Unsurprisingly the wheels weren't turning!

Following some advice, I filed down the ends of the axles and opened the holes a bit, and set about adding some weight.

 

I used some L-section styrene to build some underframe boxes, splashed some glue in there, and poured in 'liquid gravity - small lead pellets.

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From outside it should hopefully look like reinforced solebars. 

 

Here they are with the paint drying

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I am pleased to say it works well! Skarloey can pull the train without many issues, but...

The curse of Talyllyn strikes again! I've just finished reading 'Talyllyn and Corris Locomotives Vol I and II' (great read, full of anecdotes and info) as well as 'The Chronicles of Pendre Sidings' (also a good'un) and the trials and tribulations of TR No.1's long fixed wheelbase.

 

What is happening now is that, without much in the way of springing or compensation in the trailing axle, over any undulation in the track, Skarloey's middle drivers are being lifted up and unable to make enough contact, resulting in wheelspin.

I'm going to see if simply adding weight will work. I removed the ballast weights early on to fit the RC gear, but I may be able to saw off the bunker weights (it's all one piece) and just glue the tank weights in on their own.

 

We shall see....


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Posted 25 November 2017 - 01:23

'Agnes' has finally gained some glazing, but has got rather grubby recently.....

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