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Mini Update


-missy-

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Hello :)

 

I feel its time for an update as its been a while. I haven't been upto much modelling really, the majority of my spare time has been taken up with trying to finish off my van as I made myself a new years resolution to finish it off this year.

 

Things haven't ground to a halt though, first bit of modelling in this entry goes to the King Arthur tender...

 

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As in a previous post this has been virtually rebuilt from scratch, the initial intention was to tidy it up a little with a repaint and a bit of detailing but as expected I couldn't leave it at that. The bogies have been replaced with some etched ones, the whole tender has been narrowed so it resembles something near scale now, and now the motor has been replaced...

 

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As the floor of the tender is a solid sheet I had to think of a way to remove the motor easily so I came up with this, the motor mount holds the motor in position and is screwed to the tender base from underneath. The coal can then be stuck to the Brass sheet soldered to the top of the motor mount. I really hope the engine doesn't need as much attention as this!

 

Second on my workbench is a Chris Higgs Autocoach chassis...

 

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The kit solders together well but sadly it lacks some detail so I took up the challenge. I am feeling a little overwhelmed with all the rods, brackets, and linkages though!

 

'till next time...

 

Missy :)

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That motor installation looks neat.  How does it drive the locomotive?  Is there a shaft to the engine and, if so, what do you use for universal joints at this scale?

 

Mike

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Ah, back to the magnifying glass - that autocoach chassis would be a triumph in a larger scale, truly something in 2mm scale!

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Nice to see another autocoach chassis. Interesting to see the amount of improvement with the extra detail that your putting on, I have five of these...

One thing that I am still pondering about is how to put a DG through the hangers on the front, whilst still letting it go through curves... Any Suggestions?

 

Best Regards,

 

Chris.

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Hi Missy,

 

Very nice indeed - I have built two of these vehicles in 4mm scale and I have another two to do. The Dart Castings detail set is a real boon for this but that is cheating compared to what you are doing here...

 

Are you coming to Railex this year at all? A small squad of the 41 team and myself will be there on Sunday.

 

All the best,

 

Castle

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nice to see you back the motor fixings very clever  :declare:

 

Thanks Nick. The motor mount works well so I am pleased with the result.

 

 

That motor installation looks neat.  How does it drive the locomotive?  Is there a shaft to the engine and, if so, what do you use for universal joints at this scale?

 

Mike

 

Hi Mike. The motor will drive the engine through a couple of universal joints as you mention. I havent done the shaft yet but the couplings are some I got 3D printed a while ago. This will be a good test for them (if I ever get it finished!)

 

 

Ah, back to the magnifying glass - that autocoach chassis would be a triumph in a larger scale, truly something in 2mm scale!

 

Thanks Mr S :)

 

 

Nice to see another autocoach chassis. Interesting to see the amount of improvement with the extra detail that your putting on, I have five of these...

One thing that I am still pondering about is how to put a DG through the hangers on the front, whilst still letting it go through curves... Any Suggestions?

 

Best Regards,

 

Chris.

 

I have a second one which hasnt progressed quite as far. I wasnt planning on fitting a coupling to the driving end of the autocoach but fill it up with pipes an such instead. The plan for the other end was to file down a DG and solder it between those hangers on the body. I dont know if this will work yet but fitting the coupling to the body might be a pain as it will get in the way of lots of the brake gear. Have you had any thoughts on this yet?

 

 

But you didn't mention the Mini?

 

;)

 

There are lots more things I didnt mention too :P

 

 

Hi Missy,

 

Very nice indeed - I have built two of these vehicles in 4mm scale and I have another two to do. The Dart Castings detail set is a real boon for this but that is cheating compared to what you are doing here...

 

Are you coming to Railex this year at all? A small squad of the 41 team and myself will be there on Sunday.

 

All the best,

 

Castle

 

Hi Castle. Yes, the plan is to come along to Railex on the Sunday so I might see you there. I really need to pop along to the GWS too as I need to renew my membership and take a closer look at the autocoach there. The brackets and cranks on the ends have got me flummoxed so far. Dont forget these are 2mm scale, I dont have the luxury of a detail set!

 

Missy :)

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Hi Missy,

 

Yes - it's a bit tangled under there... If you time it right, No. 231 tends to spend some time in the loco shed so she will be over a pit which will make photos easier!

 

Bring your overalls...

 

Look forward to seeing you there!

 

Castle and 'The Gang'

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You wouldn't think that was the same tender from the first photos! Top stuff as usual!

 

Tom. 

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Hi Missy,

 

Yes - it's a bit tangled under there... If you time it right, No. 231 tends to spend some time in the loco shed so she will be over a pit which will make photos easier!

 

Bring your overalls...

 

Look forward to seeing you there!

 

Castle and 'The Gang'

 

Im not sure about rolling around in those pits Castle! I am sure I can get what I want from looking at ground level. Thanks though :)

 

 

You wouldn't think that was the same tender from the first photos! Top stuff as usual!

 

Tom. 

 

Im glad you noticed the difference Tom. Alot of effort has gone into reworking the tender.

 

M :)

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The tender looks really good and the motor fixing is a neat idea. I will be interested to see what you make of the loco.

Don

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Hi Missy, well I can only echo what has been said above - it's super stuff - but I'm intrigued by the van you mention. I don't suposse it's a goods van (!) but an automobile. Is it for taking the layout to shows, maybe?

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