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#151 richard carr

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 16:21

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No I didn't add any more weight to mine it runs just fine with it. I suspect that once you have yours all squared up it will run fine too without any further adjustment. These kits make a very nice model, so does their GUV kit, I have done 3 of those. I have also made several of the slaters southern vans, they make a very nice blue parcel van too and ran until 79 for the larger guards vans and about 84 for the plvs so perfect for our time frame and they could seen everywhere on the system.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 16:54

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No I didn't add any more weight to mine it runs just fine with it. I suspect that once you have yours all squared up it will run fine too without any further adjustment. These kits make a very nice model, so does their GUV kit, I have done 3 of those. I have also made several of the slaters southern vans, they make a very nice blue parcel van too and ran until 79 for the larger guards vans and about 84 for the plvs so perfect for our time frame and they could seen everywhere on the system.

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Hi Richard

Yes, I really like the blue era parcels before the collect and deliver service ended in 1981. I've got some GUVs (Westdale) and a Slaters Van B and 4w PLV to build. At Telford this year, I am also going to have a good look at the CRT Kits SR PLV/CCTs as they do the uneven planked and plywood versions.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 07:01

Nothing very interesting to report on my front. Most of my modelling time has gone toward Somerset Lane projects and I'm only now getting back to my CCTs. Last night I took the first one, which only has a few bits left to add and a paint job to complete, for a test around the Avon GOG test track (motive power courtesy of Paul's North London Tank). I'm happy with the running now that it is packed up level and in my view there is no need for additional springing or other compensation. As an aside It was good to see TTG last night down the Avon GOG club rooms with his Easybuild Class 108 - I must get back to my Cravens DMU at some point (though there a few other projects I'm keen to push on with first......)

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I'm currently progressing through the builds of the second and third CCT following the lessons I've learned from the first one. I am wondering whether I'm going to get some decent weather before winter sets in for painting them but if they have to wait, then they'll have to wait.
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 05:26

Was good to see you again Tim with the CCT. Nice brake gear, seems you have done it right.

After seeing yours it's very much on the shopping list now.

As for the 108, repaint of the interior of one coach then get on and put primer on. May be looking even better for the next get together down by the river.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 20:13

Jeez - Its been a while since I've posted anything on my workbench thread. I'll try and get a bit more organised with some photos over the coming weeks.

The 3 CCTs are now awaiting paint shops - they are 99% complete just a little bit of fettling to get the roofs to fit on no's 2&3 and post painting work like the glazing to do. I'll take them down to the next AGOG meeting for a spin around the test track.

Over Christmas, I started 3 JLTRT Class 37s. I plan to build the bodies in parallel then I'll tackle each chassis in turn. These will be 37088, 37187 and 37210 - all in circa 1981 condition. Progress to date has been slow as I've tied up with helping to sort out the forthcoming Sodbury Vale MRC Show in Yate, on 26 January 2013. I'm hoping to get a better run at my modelling projects once the show is over.

Somerset Lane is finished (well all my bits are finished.....) and, as we've no immediate plans for another layout, I've got a few projects in mind to do during club time in the near future - so watch this space.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 21:12

Brian Daniels Mk2 is it Tim. Got a production line going knocking out JLTRT kits. Whats on the list for next week. :rolleyes:



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Posted 20 January 2013 - 21:26

Brian Daniels Mk2 is it Tim. Got a production line going knocking out JLTRT kits. Whats on the list for next week. :rolleyes:


I wish! Brian would have cleared my kit backlog in a blink of an eye compared to my speed of progress. Maybe whats on the list for next year....

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 21:45

Looking forward to seeing them trundling around the layout down by the river side.

 

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 07:36

Tim,
I discovered this splendid forum yesterday while searching for some information about the JLTRT CCT. I have found this kit to be very frustrating. The instructions are not worthy of such a description, I had to ask for missing parts to be sent and the whitemetal castings, especially the battery boxes, required much effort to make them presentable. After a lot of work it is starting to resemble the prototype. I have a JLTRT GWR Fruit D waiting to be built and I hope it is easier than the CCT. Then it will be on to the Class 25; I still find it odd that Heljan has not produced a Rat.

The section about the EasyBuild DMU very helpful as I have a Class 108 waiting to enter the works.

Do you use DCC? Most of my 7mm scale locos are fitted with DCC sound, but I am still unconvinced by the steam offerings. The diesels are better and my Hymek brings pleasant memories of the west end of platform 12 at Bristol Temple Meads in the early Seventies. However, I am considering stripping out the DCC and reverting to DC. I would be interested in your thoughts.

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 08:08

I have a JLTRT GWR Fruit D waiting to be built and I hope it is easier than the CCT.

Chris Klein

 

Probably not what you want to hear Chris, having bought the JLTRT kit, but the WEP kit for the Fruit D is a very nicely designed etched-brass kit, has a very good set of instructions and is a straightforward build. Nice touches include the ends and end sections of the sides, which are one piece - so no problem assembling the corners, just a couple of folds.

 

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 10:51

Have a look at my build of the JLTRT Fruit D http://www.rmweb.co....-21#entry364823 This was a pre-production model so I do not know if anything is changed from this. I did have to make my own light switch handle on the end. It does make a nice model but as with all their vans I think the roof has a bit of a large overhang to it. It's unfortunate but yes, the JLTRT instructions are a bit of a challenge at times.


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 17:33

Tim,
I discovered this splendid forum yesterday while searching for some information about the JLTRT CCT. I have found this kit to be very frustrating. The instructions are not worthy of such a description, I had to ask for missing parts to be sent and the whitemetal castings, especially the battery boxes, required much effort to make them presentable. After a lot of work it is starting to resemble the prototype. I have a JLTRT GWR Fruit D waiting to be built and I hope it is easier than the CCT. Then it will be on to the Class 25; I still find it odd that Heljan has not produced a Rat.
The section about the EasyBuild DMU very helpful as I have a Class 108 waiting to enter the works.
Do you use DCC? Most of my 7mm scale locos are fitted with DCC sound, but I am still unconvinced by the steam offerings. The diesels are better and my Hymek brings pleasant memories of the west end of platform 12 at Bristol Temple Meads in the early Seventies. However, I am considering stripping out the DCC and reverting to DC. I would be interested in your thoughts.
Regards,
Chris Klein


Hi Chris

I must get back to this thread once I've returned from sailing (I'm typing this in Seaport Marina, Inverness having been in Orkney for the last month).

My CCTs are awaiting paint shop. I have to admit to not using the instructions, Brian D's builds on RMweb are much easier to follow! I've got a fruit D too, the body is already done with just the under frame to finish. I know some don't like the white metal u/f from JLTRT but as long as it runs well and look the part then I'm ok with them. No kits are perfect so I'm happy to make do and add detail if necessary. A lot of Brian's work is on the earlier version of RMweb - it's well worth the look, especially if your interested in JLTRT kits.

The Cravens DMU was a frustration and it remains incomplete even though I solved the motor gearbox issue which was the source of the problem. It needs the interior doing so maybe this winter it'll find it's way onto the bench again.

I use DCC but my partner in crime at my local model railway club is firmly DC only so I have a mix at the moment. After a couple of recent exhibitions I've been to where there have been several layouts competing on the DCC sound front I'm thinking twice about fitting sound to (all) my locos. It now depends on whether a particular loco is for a club project/ private project as to whether it gets chipped. Saying that I really like the controllability and lack of section switches DCC provides.

Once I'm back in August I'll get my act together wrt this thread!

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 17:56

Hi Tim,

 

Must catch up with you down by the river side once we are both back in the vicinity of the club. 

 

I am down on the French Spanish border hopping between St. Jean de Luz and San Sebastian on SNCF and the private Spanish metro system that runs from Hendaye to places in Spain. Very slick operation called Eusko Tren.

 

As for the 108, I have put DCC sound and lights in mine if anyone is interested and all my O gauge fleet is DCC sound fitted.

 

See you in August Tim :)



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 19:01

Well the CCTs got finished and I will get some piccies on here soon.

 

Modelling wise I have been tackling a part kit/scratch build of a 7mm Ruston 88DS and given its not going to be BR blue I've started a new thread to cover my industrial interests.

 

http://www.rmweb.co....88ds/?p=1220494


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Posted 09 November 2013 - 22:14

Hi Tim!
Iooking forward to seeing your CCT van pics as the ones you have posted so far are proving invaluable to me building mine, I certainly echo the comments of others about the quality of this kit, the instructions are near useless and ive had to replace numerous parts and do considerable cleaning up on other castings to make them acceptable, rant over and keep up the good work.

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 17:58

OK, grabbed a few snaps of my 3 CCTs this morning (the low sun was a bit harsh)...

 

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I had to spend ages fettling to get the roofs to fit/sit down and they are not perfect now.  In an ideal world, the sides and roof would be one unit and then bolted onto the floor/chassis but that is not how the kit is designed.  If I had known what I know now I might have made them that way.  At some stage I may revisit these and do some filling/touching up around the roofs to improve matters further. 

 

Painting was with JLTRT rattle can, transfers were HMRS Pressfix and then airbrushed weathering before I fitted the glazing.  The glazing is from Extreme Etchings and these flush fitting laser cut units really set the vehicle off for me (flush glazing is one of my modelling hobby horses). I normally dirty the windows with MIG powders but these glazing units didn't seen to retain the powder as well as the normal clear plasticard I use so I'll have to have a think about how to dirty them further. In time I'll also add some chalk scrawl on the sides and a bit more weathering but they'll so for now.

 

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I have left off the vacuum and steam heat pipes as these vehicles will be fitted with some sort of auto-coupler in time and I'll fit the pipes once I know what space I have left. 

 

While the kit needs a few extra bits and some effort they do build up into a good model. Overall, I'm very happy with them.

 

My next few projects are likely to be industrial before I get back onto matters requiring blue paint....  

 

 


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Posted 10 November 2013 - 17:58

OK, grabbed a few snaps of my 3 CCTs this morning (the low sun was a bit harsh)...

 

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I had to spend ages fettling to get the roofs to fit/sit down and they are not perfect now.  In an ideal world, the sides and roof would be one unit and then bolted onto the floor/chassis but that is not how the kit is designed.  If I had known what I know now I might have made them that way.  At some stage I may revisit these and do some filling/touching up around the roofs to improve matters further. 

 

Painting was with JLTRT rattle can, transfers were HMRS Pressfix and then airbrushed weathering before I fitted the glazing.  The glazing is from Extreme Etchings and these flush fitting laser cut units really set the vehicle off for me (flush glazing is one of my modelling hobby horses). I normally dirty the windows with MIG powders but these glazing units didn't seen to retain the powder as well as the normal clear plasticard I use so I'll have to have a think about how to dirty them further. In time I'll also add some chalk scrawl on the sides and a bit more weathering but they'll do for now.

 

IMG_2496.JPG

 

I have left off the vacuum and steam heat pipes as these vehicles will be fitted with some sort of auto-coupler in time and I'll fit the pipes once I know what space I have left. 

 

While the kit needs a few extra bits and some effort they do build up into a good model. Overall, I'm very happy with them.

 

My next few projects are likely to be industrial before I get back onto matters requiring blue paint....  


Edited by TimC, 10 November 2013 - 18:01 .

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 22:46

Very nice work there they look superb, with mine ive built it with the sides, ends and roof glued together so the body screws to the underframe, it still took a skims of filler to smooth the roof -side join though but fits together nicely.
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Posted 04 July 2017 - 21:59

I could get shouted at for resurrecting this thread.  I am building the kit and wonder if anyone knows how the vacuum and steam pipes were arranged - I've a notion to add these.

 

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 19:38

Rather than hijack Tim's thread, I've created a new one here:  http://www.rmweb.co....k-1-cct-in-7mm/

 

John