An N scale FVV for KPA
Posted 06 April 2012 - 14:27
As a result I will be needing several carflats for the Motorail terminal.
The original plan was to use old style Farish Mk1 undergrames and modify them accordingly however as they are so bad detail wise I decided to take the plunge and use the new 'Blue Riband' MK1's.
For some reason most of the Mk1's supplied in blue/grey livery are fitted with B1 bogies, as I will be running the two Brighton to Manchester services ( see my website www.1S76.com ) I needed many more fitted with Commonwealth bogies.
The Southern Region green BCK is fitted with Commonwealth bogies so four of these were acquired to use the underframes, the bogies transfered to other Mk1's which donated their B1 bogies.
On dismantling the new Mk1's a big problem arose. The close coupling system is mounted above the underframe and below the seating unit it also has a big mounting screw and takes up too much room to hide beneath a planked deck.
The next course of action was to use the older style bogies fitted with couplers but this meant alterations to the buffer beams and bogie mounts.
What I then looked at was cutting the coupler and mount off the close coupling system and attaching that to the new style bogies.
Using a short length of 30thou plasticard I superglued the coupler mount to it and then glued the plasticard to the top of the bogie.
The coupler height is almost spot on doing it this way.
Battery boxes, fuse box? and dynamo removed from the Mk1 underframe along with the surplus parts of the close coupling system above the underframe.
A sheet of Evergreen planked plasticard was cut for the deck and glued down.
I will be making a jig to produce the siderails. Decals will be from Fox transfers.
These will be the first four carflats, I expect to make a second batch which will include some dual braked versions.
Photos to follow shortly as I forgot to upload them!
Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:23
The dismantled Mk1
Chassis showing the close coupling mechanism
Chassis underframe with removed battery boxes etc and modified bogies.
Quick pose with a car load.
Decking added to the Mk1 underframe.
Edited by acg5324, 08 April 2012 - 13:08 .
Posted 10 April 2012 - 12:28
I'll be interested to see how you get on with Olympia - it is something I have often thought would look good in N or 2mm.
Posted 07 May 2012 - 21:08
The plasticard one looks a nice job though, needs the ends and rails and gubbins and should look really smart. Only worry I would have is that it doesn't distort. I have some ex Lima coach ones I did that way and one of them warped horribly over time until it looked like a transporter unit for giant bananas.
Edited by Etched Pixels, 07 May 2012 - 21:10 .
Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:58
I have produced a card jig for soldering up the side rails for the carflats. The siderails are made from brass wire folded at either end to form the first and last stanchions. The intermediate ones are then soldered to the side rail and then cut to length. the whole lot is then superglued to the Mk1 underframe. First one off the production line is shown with a stanchion missing as it fell off!
It will be replaced. As usual superglue and me don't mix and it took an age to get the siderails to stick.
Edited by acg5324, 16 June 2012 - 14:29 .
Posted 27 June 2012 - 14:46
Yet to do hand brakes and paint the timber flooring plus weathering.
The first of many...........................well four for the time being!
This is the underside showing the as yet unpainted air tank
Car load includes 2 x 1/150 Tomytec models plus in 1/160 scale a Herpa Manta GTE ( Vauxhall Cavalier Sportshatch ) and a Fleishmann Opel Ascona ( Vauxhall Cavalier Mk1 )
Edited by acg5324, 27 June 2012 - 17:26 .
Posted 18 July 2012 - 10:03
3 x FVX dual braked and 1 x FVV vacuum braked.
All are still awaiting handbrakes which I will probably pinch off a wagon kit or find a suitable part from the NGS store.
This shows all four vehicles, cars are from Tomytec, Herpa, Fleischmann and Kato.
FVX and FVV.
FVV with TOPS panel in a different location.
Edited by acg5324, 18 July 2012 - 14:00 .
Posted 20 July 2012 - 18:34
Finally a close up of the custom made TOPS panels from precision labels, remember these are 2mm scale. Excellent service from them.
Motorail signs from Fox transfers.
Posted 21 July 2012 - 07:56
Very effective conversions - wonder if they may be in the Bachmann catalogue next year?
Almost certainly, as a number of rmweb members have scratchbuilt them in the last year, so the law of sod dictates this will be the case!
Edited by 37114, 21 July 2012 - 07:56 .