The last couple of days has seen lots of activity!
The bogies are now fully assembled (aside from the cosmetic side of things anyway) and the loco has been moving under its own power! The feel of it as it runs is very secure and pleasing
The lighting was poor so the images are a little grainy (i've been working on my parents' dining table so I could spread out and the lighting is great for meals, but rubbish for photos!). Anyway, this is a view of the virtually complete bogie minus the Bachmann drive train -
You can see the primary suspension around the wheels with the axle boxes running in their guides. They are similar in concept to the old round Perserverance hornblocks but also feature a guide at the top to maintain alignment. Running across the centre of the bogie at the bottom are the secondary springs.
Now with the Bachmann drive fitted -
And a comparison of the bogie parts -
Test fitting the bogies - first of all minus the drive units to push it all by hand. Even in this state, as Mike said earlier, it feels superb. Drive units in and pick ups temporarily joined to the motor and it works! Very smooth and it glides along.
The fit of the Penbits parts is excellent - some other manufacturers could learn an awful lot from building a kit like this. The instructions are comprehensive (reminding me of the Formil Eng instructions for their Dyna-Drive kits) and even suggest a break to restore sanity at one point! They guide you through every part of the process and make it a real joy to construct. Oddly the length of the instructions could put some people off but this would be a shame as the whole package is excellent. Recommended!
And finally Brian Hanson's superb fan grille - three seperate layers are used to get the right depth and a handy little jig included in the etch lines it all up rather nicely!