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Flying Banana - Part VIII


-missy-

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Hello :)

 

Things are still happening albiet slowly on the flying banana. Since the llast post I have added a bit of detail to the roof in the shape of the roof vents and what I think is a bit of conduit which I have noticed on a few pictures. Although hard to see in the below photo I have also added the handrails and the bracket for the lamp on each end.

 

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I have also made a start on the chassis. I have used a Tomix chassis as recommended by Bernard earlier in the posts about the railcar, but after checking I found that when it was lined up with the body, the motor fitted well into the body and was very visible plus the the chassis was exactly the same width as the body, which didnt allow for any strengthening so I was kind of persuaded into rebuilding the chassis using the bits from the Tomix one.

 

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The photo shows how far I have got with the new chassis, the motor needs to be fitted along with the driveshafts. The original chassis is above (well whats left of it!).

 

No doubt there will be more to come...

 

Missy :)

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That's looking very nice. Is that a piece of PCB that you have used for the chassis?

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It's been a while since i've read your thread, the layout has really developed and the presentation is SOOOOO neat and certainly sets it off well.

 

I'll be taking notes from your old posts when I get to the relevant stage with my new layout.

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Hello :)

 

Thank you guys. doing it this way it means that only the tops of the bogies (where the worms are) are visible inside the body which is great considering how large the windows are! I have managed to reduce the overall height of the chassis from 20mm to 14mm of course, if it works!

 

That's looking very nice. Is that a piece of PCB that you have used for the chassis?

 

Hi Kris :)

 

You are right, I have made it from some double sided 1.5mm thick PCB and I have split the copper on the top side and soldered the pickups to it. The only things I have left to do with it is to make a motor mount and lengthen the slots inwards of the bogies a bit as the driveshafts dont quite fit.

 

Missy :)

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Missy

 

Glad to see you did finally 'decide' to build your own chassis - and very nice it looks too :) The clean neatness and simplicity is most impressive and is certainly worth further consideration as a way to 'adapt' the Farish Railcar (for those of us who don't have your sculpturing skills in building the etched body... :lol:)

 

How are you going to do the side frames on the drive units?

 

Steve

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Nice job on the chassis, Missy. I guess the correct spacings on everything meant that you didn't have to alter the critical stuff like geared drive trains. It proabaly also means that 'spares' would be relatively easy to source from a second chassis. They do have such big windows...

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Hey Missy,

 

Am enjoying this series on the railcar - sure beats the likes of 24, Spooks, CSI Miami... :D

 

It's really coming together nicely - am sure once it's got it's first coat of grey primer it will look even more terrific - great idea for the chassis too - very very neat.

 

Pete

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Hello :)

 

Thanks again guys for your comments.

 

Missy

 

How are you going to do the side frames on the drive units?

 

Steve

 

Hello Steve :)

 

I have two options, either chop the farish ones around or alternatively rumour has it that Allen of Worsley Works fame is working on some nice yummy etched ones for me. That reminds me to send him an quick email to ask how he is getting on with them...

 

Very impressive. :)

How did you cut the PCB so neatly ?

 

Chris (Black Hat)

 

Hello Chris :)

 

I cut the PCB using my Proxxon milling machine which I have found to be VERY useful especially when making chassis for things. I would definately recommend one.

 

Finally I have just noticed that this is the 500th post on my new blog thingy. I really want to take this opportunity to thank eveyone who has posted comments on my blog and stuck with me on the highs and the lows of my modelling.

 

THANK YOU!

 

Missy :D

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Finally I have just noticed that this is the 500th post on my new blog thingy. I really want to take this opportunity to thank eveyone who has posted comments on my blog and stuck with me on the highs and the lows of my modelling.

 

Congratulations...and long may it continue :)

 

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Hi Missy,

 

That's looking really good. 'Elvis' is almost ready to rock and roll (although hopefully not too much rock;) !)

 

Andy

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Hi Andy :)

 

Hi Missy,

 

That's looking really good. 'Elvis' is almost ready to rock and roll (although hopefully not too much rock;) !)

 

Andy

 

Oh yes, I nearlly forgot about that name!

 

M. :)

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