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I have progressed a little with the chassis's and the body. There is a lot that needs to be made, or corrected, this is not a problem just makes it slow. I am waiting for s few parts from the UK, and I also have order a book the Power of the Light Pacifics, or whatever it is called. Should give me a little more help.

 

I have got a basic rolling chassis now, I am trying to position the footplate now. It comes to light the rear section is to wide. Still got to do the pony and bogie. The pony looks like it will work well without too much messing around. The bogie I think will be a different story.

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I have also finished off the compensation on the tender chassis. This is now rolling too. I had to make up some brake hangers from nickle silver, and some brake blocks from copper clad board. These will be added along with other brake rigging in the near future.

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The cab sides and roof were one etching this is now made into 2 sides and a roof. I had to make a new cab front as the kit one did not fit the body width. I also made up a couple of formers for the front and rear of the firebox. This I hope will aid joining it all together. The front cab windows will also have made but I will do those when the cab shell is together. The cab roof and body roof where run through the rollers just to give me more of an idea where it was all going.

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Not sure if I would not of been better off throwing the brass in the scrap bucket and selling the cast iron wheels. But as I have got this far it will now be complete. It is an intersting project. The detail in the kit seems to change. There are plent of rivets to punch out on the loco body, but the tender seems to be an after thought. As there is no detail to the front or the top. It is almost like it was designed made and someone said where's the tender as it was being put in the box.

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You could enter this in the scratch build challenge, it doesn't seem to qualify as a kit looking at the work you have had to do so far!

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Hi Peter,

 

Looking at the compensation beam on the tender chassis, I assume that it rubs on the top of the axles allowing side to side as well as fore and aft movement?

 

Does it not also create friction/drag?

 

Regards Rob

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You could enter this in the scratch build challenge, it doesn't seem to qualify as a kit looking at the work you have had to do so far!

My trouble is to me it will always be a kit. I bade a DJH 4mm S15 years ago and with that all I used was the smokebox, boiler, firebox casting which even needed making longer. I even classed that as kit built.

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Hi Peter,

 

Looking at the compensation beam on the tender chassis, I assume that it rubs on the top of the axles allowing side to side as well as fore and aft movement?

 

Does it not also create friction/drag?

 

Regards Rob

Yes it does allow for and aft, plus side to side movement. I would think there is a little drag but being on the axle it is very small. I probably would of used a tube over the axle if I has a large enough one. I have used this system in EM with no detremental effects.

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The driving wheels don't look too bad, although there is a clear difference in finish between the driving and trailing wheels!

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I had noticed, they both feel the same. I think it is more colouring the texture. When painted I am sure they wll all look the same..

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It seems quite a leap of faith to use Kean-Maygib style plastic hornblock guides on what will be quite a heavy model. I remember having set of the 4mm scale ones, and thinking that there was no way the glue holding them to the chassis frames would last......

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But I have cheated there are two 12BA screws through each one too. I am glad I did because I knocked one off drilling the holes through it.

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Seems to be coming together Peter, l had a look at Finneys W/C and there are rivets everywhere, the guy who bought my B/B has sold it back to me in a deal we had, the problem l have is my roof is all wrong, so l might strip it all down, for a major re-build, watching your progress, keep it going, great stuff...George

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Seems to be coming together Peter, l had a look at Finneys W/C and there are rivets everywhere, the guy who bought my B/B has sold it back to me in a deal we had, the problem l have is my roof is all wrong, so l might strip it all down, for a major re-build, watching your progress, keep it going, great stuff...George

 

Thanks George.

I sometimes think it would of been better to scratch build this one. Another problem are the drawings with the kit they are nether 4mm or 7mm so each thing needs to be calculated and checked.

I am at odds with the cab roof too. It is trying to get it to follow the firebox and getting the final curve away from the firebox in the right place.

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