It's been a while since my last entry in this blog - lots of summertime activities getting in the way of modelling! I've also had that common modeller's problem of having so many things to do that it's been hard to decide where to start.
I'm afraid that I have, once again, ignored Blanche's petulant pleas for new dresses and got down to the more mundane task of building a tender for No.184. I produced an outline drawing for this tender by starting from a side-on photograph of what appears to be a similar tender behind 0-6-0 No.244
I then used AutoSketch to trace around the drawing and produce a cutting diagram for my Silhouette 'Portrait' cutter. I have used a diamond dressing tool as a scriber in the Silhouette pen holder, to mark out the cut lines onto brass sheet.
The result showed that there was some slight movement of the scriber tip during the process and I think, in future, I shall dedicate a pen holder to this purpose and fix the scriber firmly inside the holder, by means of a ring of 'Milliput' putty.
After marking out, I cut out the components using jewellers snips, before finishing the edges of the frames with a variety of needle files, to produce the curves around the axle guards. For the oval cut-out in the frames, I drilled a 3mm diam. hole and then opened it out to the correct shape by using a round needle file.
Before folding the tender body, I formed the flare at the top of the sides by rolling the brass around a wooden dowel. I then made a number of short cuts into the rolled top, where the sides are folded from the back panel, so that the flare can be continued around the corners.
The main structure is now complete, although there is a lot of finishing work to be done - axle boxes, etc.......
Things are now moving again but there are several other projects waiting in the wings. My train of 4-wheelers is in need of a break (sic) van, which I intend to base on the well-known photograph taken at New Milford in 1873 - an earlier version than the V2, for which a kit is available from the BGS, but it's more fun to scratch-build.