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Let's Get Physical


D869

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No I am not about to enter a phase as an Olivia Newton John fan.

 

What has been going on hereabouts is quite a lot of time spent staring at a computer screen doing what might be called Virtual Modelling. The intention is that this work will (one day) be turned into actual vehicles but there is still some way to go before then.

 

Having recently finished a prolonged stint producing decal artwork (somehow these things always appear to be a lot less work at the beginning) I decided to spend a bit of time turning the output of some previous virtual modelling into a usable piece of rolling stock.

 

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The vehicle in question (the unpainted one on the left) is not particularly news - another Lowfit carrying a semi-bulk bromine tank like the one I built last year (on the right). The new one is intended to end up as the tank that appears in 'Diesels on Cornwall's Main Line' and which started my interest in Hayle wharf and Associated Octel. Consequently it needs to sit on the earlier (4 rib) variant of the Lowfit with LNER clasp brakegear underneath.

 

There's not a huge amount to say - the body is a slightly fettled Parkwood kit. The framing on top this time is actually based on a real bromine carrying Lowfit albeit not the one I'm modelling - the book photo doesn't show the framing arrangement. It's cobbled together from various bits of styrene strip and I even tried out the Geoff Kent 10 thou cube trick to represent bolt heads. All I can say is that I'm not Geoff Kent and he has obviously had a lot more practice than I have.

 

The chassis is a 2mm Association one and I'd have to say that putting it together was rather more of a battle than the other 9' and 10' wheelbase chassis kits that I've done previously. There are a lot of tiny holes that need to be opened out in order to get all of that brakegear to go together. I'm rather regretting a rash purchase of a multi pack of steel bodied 'High's now because they all need this kind of chassis.

 

Anyway, this is now ready to be cleaned ready for painting. The 3d printed tank has already had one round of cleaning but still seems to be shedding some oily residues so it might be in line for an attack with IPA quite soon.

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Looks good to me. Wasn't Geoff Kent workng in 4mm? Would make it a little easier for him. Are you using Jewellers broaches to open the holes up? I find it quicker and easier than drills.

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"No I am not about to enter a phase as an Olivia Newton John fan."

 

Oh you so should !! - I'm sure that you'd look really fetching in a pair of pink ankle warmers and matching sweatband at the Kidderminster show ;-)

 

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Chassis looks really good (and worth the effort).  I look forward to seeing the finished item.  I assume the little pile of brass bits is for the tank fixing similar to the completed model?

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Looks good to me. Wasn't Geoff Kent workng in 4mm? Would make it a little easier for him. Are you using Jewellers broaches to open the holes up? I find it quicker and easier than drills.

Don

 

Thanks Don. Yes he was (and still is I think). Indeed broaches are very useful but a lot of these holes are not actually holes, so a 0.3mm drill is needed to sort that out. Not difficult but time consuming. More of a conundrum are the slots that have not etched sufficiently to allow the tabs to fit in.

 

 

"No I am not about to enter a phase as an Olivia Newton John fan."

 

Oh you so should !! - I'm sure that you'd look really fetching in a pair of pink ankle warmers and matching sweatband at the Kidderminster show ;-)

 

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Chassis looks really good (and worth the effort).  I look forward to seeing the finished item.  I assume the little pile of brass bits is for the tank fixing similar to the completed model?

 

I'm over that phase now.

 

Thanks Ian. Yes the brass bits are 1mm wide etch scrap with a .5mm hole drilled and the end rounded off. These will be the lifting eyes and slot into rectangular holes in the 3d print. It's nice to be able to design rectangular holes into things.

 

Regards, Andy

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Nearly missed this post...

 

You'll be needing a layout to run all of these bromine tanks on soon... did you manage to put the right phone number on the hazard label this time?

 

Best Regards,

 

Chris.

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You'll be needing a layout to run all of these bromine tanks on soon... did you manage to put the right phone number on the hazard label this time?

Well just think of these tanks as a down payment. The layout is very much still in the early ideas stage. The trouble is that there are far too many interesting things to model down there so it's tricky to decide what to leave out.

 

All being well this tank will have the labels done differently from the previous one because it had them pasted straight onto the tank rather than being mounted on a separate board. Time will tell...

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