Santa brought me a MR Sentinel, bless her and after clearing the deask recently I thought I'd get it ready for duty on Summat Colliery. I initially chipped it with a Hornby R8215 just to test it out and was pleased with how nicely it ran. However, in an exhibition environment I don't want a slow moving shunter to be prodded by the hand of god too often, so a StayAlive capacitor was in order.
Space being an issue I investigated the TCS DP2X-UK - no wires to worry about for a start. Looking a
Basic construction is done on the Parkside wagon. I've fitted the Bachmann NEM pocket mounts - took more fiddling than I expected to get the height right. I ended up carving off the vertical projections off the mounts and then cutting back the underframe bracing until the correct height was achieved - silly me for expecting that they would just fit
Here's a pic of the underframe prior to priming
and here's it replendant in red oxide primer
I might keep it this colour as i
Had time for a quick dusting with grey primer, sorry Chris, they really show up the porosity in places. It really does not look this bad to the naked eye
looks like more fettling is needed before the black goes on but that's why we do the grey primer thing, it not only keys the top coat but it's great for showing those minor little imperfections.
After getting the body and chassis together the next step was to sort out the tender coupling/drag box area. I filed 1mm off the sides of the chassis at the rear and then cyano'd a 1mm piece of plastikard over the top. A suitable hole drilled in this allowed a shoulder screw to hold the chassis in place and also provide the pivot for the Britannia tender coupling.
frame extensions were then fabricated to fill the gaps and a new plate was cut from 10 'thou brass as the Bachmann one did n
More pipework and handrails today. I'm still waiting for some guitar strings to do the main boiler feed pipes. These need to be done before handrails and the smoke deflector can't be fitted before the handrail ....
Fitted the blastpipe etc to the underside of the side chimney though - starting to look like a Crosti now
Luggage racks now have their netting - strips of carefully cut up mozzy netting bought off eBay. I have enough netting to do the racks from the entire Slater's production until the end of time
AND FINALLY - the door ventilators are fixed and I've also cemented the top plastikard strip in place. I hope to start drilling and tapping said strip tonight to take the roof lamps which will hold the roof in place.
I'll be getting that paint out before you know it
So the crew climbed aboard (driver needed his right leg amputating below the knee to clear the motor) and I've added a little coal around the door bottoms and chassis ledges to simulate spillages during loading.
Not sure how prototypical this is but is made me smile last night
So here's some snaps ahead of the photoshoot for the MR article
So, that's it, on to the next project - rebuilding the L&Y Pug I bought from Scanman ages ago - the chassis is already s
After doing a little more tweaking of the Crosti I'm building for Gavvy2 I took the opportunity to take a low light snap of all three locos recently received back from Roomey.
My Crosti is behind '021 with an O1 at the back. The O1 has had real coal added and the detailing pack fitted before weathering. A Paul Chetter (pauliebanger) L1 Zimo sound chip awaits, which whilst not strictly accurate is at least a Thompson 2 cylinder loco
First outing for my two new locos will be the Linc
Been busy adding some of the Craftsman kit to the prepped Lima bodyshell, the main constituents are in place, grilles, nose lights etc. The "whiskers" and body stripes will be applied after painting the body.
As you can see I've started on the sandbox fillers which are very time consuming to do. First a 2x4mm hole needs making in the body then the etched part folding in a off-centre V shape. This is then inserted in the hole and glued in place. Any etch left sticking proud is filed off
Just a quick update, the truss rod, axleboxes, springs and footboard hangers fitted to one side
I have hit a bit of a stop now as the truss rod support for the other side was broken - I've contacted Slaters and David is sending me a new casting in exchange for a couple of stamps
I'll find something else to do on it I'm sure while I am waiting for Postman Pat
I received the Bachmann class 5 bodyshell from Invicta on Monday so last night I set about persuading it to sit on the Hornby 8F chassis. First obstacle was the lower section of the smokebox which fouled the cylinder block. So out came the hacksaw and slitting wheel!
I cut a slot in the rear of the chassis block to accept the mounting pillar under the cab and fitted the two together, or so I thought .... The terminal block on the motor fouled the extreme back edge of the boiler - s
Well, the castings from Meteor arrived as promised and mighty fine they are too. I ended up with quite a few spare bits including 5(!) buffers, a round chimney, a cast roof vent and what I think is the internal chimney.
Some modifications were needed to fit the model though. 5mm was removed from the height of the filler and the driveshafts tie bars had to be lengthened - I guess the Lima chassis has a wider wheelbase than a prototypical Sentinel. Here's how I did this:
First I cut off th
Bit of a jump forward, but all the detailing is now done on the body and this morning I masked off the windows and got a few coats of grey primer on
Now baking off in the sun. Should get the bits that will be yellow masked off and the brown on later
What to do when your 13 year old takes a shine to an old Atlas loco at the Mansfield Model Railway show. Prize out the Kaydees and glue in some spare NEM pockets. He likes the big old style couplings so we have standardised on them. Plenty of spare small Bachmann style ones for me
My attention turned to the pre-heater today, so the chassis was stripped down to release the Hornby underboiler/motion support and the resin parts trimmed up and superglued on. After a quick test assembly to make sure everything was in the right place the joins were re-inforced on the insides with epoxy resin glue.
After leaving the epoxy to set, a final fettle was needed to ensure a good fit with the chassis block and job done (apart from painting).
Note also from the photo the sec
Following a trip to my local music shop I ended up with a Rotosound second bass string for the insulated pipework. I felt kinda silly as I have three fully strung basses in the wardrobe that I never even considered checking oh well.
So pipework is all done and I have also added the extra steps using Evergreen microstrip cemented in an "L" section for the undercab step and some scraps of phosphor bronze sheet for the smokebox steps.
Construction is done and following a good wash in warm
More pipework, a part of a build that I actually really enjoy and always end up doing more detail than I intended at the start. So here's the steam pipes to injectors with the control valves made out of fine wire and some old electical insulation. Note new Hornby pipework below the cab.
I've also fitted the safety valves from the donor bodyshell and some nice Bachmann sprung buffers. The reverser rod is some mains wiring cable I found lying around that was the right diameter.
So I finally got it finished
Pretty pleased with the finish, could be better but having the drill press made the machining of the case loads easier One thing I would do different, and this goes out to anyone else who is contemplating building one of these bits of kit is that the LEDs are mounted on the track side of the pcb. This makes them very prone to being caught during subsequent handling and wiring up which cracks the pcb track!
I should have drilled a couple more holes in th
Well, a huge thanks to David at Slater's as a package with a replacement sprue was waiting for me when I got home - I only posted off the stamps yesterday, so he must have trusted me
So the truss rod, support, axleboxes, springs and footboard hangers fitted tonight on the other side
also here's a shot of the gas cylinder and vacuum cylinder work from last night
buffer shanks and footboards next, then finish off the delicate bits underneath before (hopefully) a coat of pai
Last night I managed to get the LEDs and push buttons fitted to the pcb and then fitted the front panel.
The front panel was tricky and takes time to get anything like right. A bit disappointing that the legend for the rotary controls does not line up fully. Something not quite right in the print methinks.
Anyway, here it it ready for the next stage which is completing the electronics.
Well, in between the showers I got the brown paint on - thanks to Brian at Shawplan for letting me pop round on Friday and pick up some stocks. Why is is I always spend at least an hour chatting???
anyway here's a pic
Next is to see if I can paint the black raised areas then flood the cream in the recesses, but that's not until the brown is well and truly dry.
Sorry Moz, I used grey primer ......
It's finished! All detailing added and I've even risked my own hands with an airbrush to give it a basic weathering ahead of the Peterborough BRM show
Here's a few snaps
Pretty pleased, just got to clean the wheels and sort out the chuff frequency on the sound chip. Note cut down Bachmann coupling to allow for the vac pipe on the front buffer beam.
The original 93000 will be prepared for sale at the show (or after). I will be including a copy of the Hornby mag th
The GWR coach cream was airbrushed on last night, so while that hardens in readiness for the brown (yes, I know camping coaches were green and cream, but the SK that www.railholiday.co.uk have is brown and cream) I thought that some form of rudimentary buffers needed to be sourced.
The coaches bought from Blackrat of this parish both came without the standard Lima offerings, so from my bit box we have some 8mm lengths of Chuppa Chups lolly stick (kids are useful after all!) and common all ga
All the detailing done, bits missing from the second hand chassis fabricated and so, good weather permitting, some paint should fall on the loco body this weekend.
Plates are on the way from Narrow Planet (thanks Steve!) so hopefully next week I should have some pics of the loco in ex-works condition before I try to weather it
Here's a quick snap of the Sentinel as it stands this lunchtime
All I need to add is the "RA 1" lettering (will have a dig around in the transfers box tonight) and then it's varnish time
I am going to have a go at oil finishing the steel buffers, not done this since school, but I have a blowtorch and some nice dirty engine oil - what can possibly go wrong