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a tale of learning and wandering into 7 mm and the North british

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progress made

Made a fair bit of progress. the plunger pickups are fitted fully with a blob of araldite.   the powerd part of the chassis goes together very well and with the slaters squares axle ends make quartering simple and effective. one thing i would like to see in the instructions are more images ( i am going to send some off to add ) I have found the helping hands a great item to assist when soldering. I have got the brake shoes put together and will be adding them this week   i

nigelb

nigelb

 

Its aliveeeeee

After a short while just collecting thoughts i soldered the couplng rods together and fitted them ....... mmm and there was something binding . I realised you have to countersink the crankpins at the back of the wheel, they were rubbing on the bearings, a 2.5 mm drill gently created a pocket for the bolts head then all rotated smoothly, mmm should I ??? ok i fitted the motor and powered it up and whoo whoo it ran up and down a length of track with no binding no limping or lurching, now I have de

nigelb

nigelb

 

1st try at track

Now being in possession of the required bits I thought I would try a short (very) length of 0FS track. The sleepers were first treated to two coats of celeron dark scratch remover ( its pretty old so i may get a different product ( any recommendations ??))   The rail was cut to length de-burred and two chairs threaded on placed on the sleepers with a track gauge in place and the base of the chairs flooded with MEK a little pause slight pressure applied and then allowed to set Idid coc

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nigelb

 

1st 7mm loco part 2

This evenings efforts resulted in a lovely free running rear bogie and rear frame extensions The instructions refer to the front bogie not sure whats going on there ( unless i decide to run it bunker 1st LOL ) Assembly was straight forward apart from no mention of the 2 rivets to be punched out at the ends of the bogie equalsing beams

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nigelb

 

1st 7mm loco

Pete Mullens G7 arrived on Monday , I was good in that i waited till tonight to begin.   The chassis is well thought out with tabs and slots on sensible place's first stop was to cut of the S7 spacers and compensated frames ( i am F7 modeling and not compensated) These were therefore scrap so i had practice on soldering the frames together no problems so I cut out and cleaned up the correct bits   and assembled as per instructions. I found I had to ream out the bearing holes a fair bi

nigelb

nigelb

 

location finally decided

I have settled on Lauder as the location for the layout as the real station is build on a curve, and I am limited on space i shall follow a leaning L shape will allow me to set up 5 1.000 by 0.750 meter baseboards in my lounge / kitchen area (just) more details to follow   stock continues to grow ( well the kits do) now its going to be a case of finishing them off

nigelb

nigelb

 

Next steps

all my good intentions of doing photographic records came to naught i now have a 4 plank open and 8 ton van ready for the paint shop   RSU on order should be here later this week, so today i purchased a sheet of armor plate ( that is what it feels like ) got it home and stuck cork tiles ( to the bottom) LOL ready to move forward on the brass kits

nigelb

nigelb

 

so It begins

I have decided as do many others to start a blog about my Foray into 7mm NB railway modeling as I am slowly building up my 6 wheel coaching stock ( very Slowly) i am going to be increasing my goods stock so far a Parkside dundas 4 plank NBR open . nice model needs a bit of refining I have a connoisseur models 20 ton brake van whick is going together very nicely and i am saving up my pocket money for a loco ohhh and I have 1 mter of flexi track lol

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