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Standard Eight - Back in black

In between fitting window sill and skirting to the bathroom I managed to get some satin black on the body     Buffer beam to repaint and get the methfix numbers on next methinks

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Parkside RCH 5 Plank 12 Ton Wagon - 1

Picked this kit up at Wycrail along with some Bachmann NEM pocket coupling mounts. The wagon will hopefully end up as a severely distressed wagon on Summat Colliery used to ferry loco coal from the screens to the coaling stage.   Anyway, following half an hour's work this lunchtime we have this     buffers and couplings yet to fit, will rob a couple of NEM pocket couplings off Summat's 16 tonners to position the pocket mounts. I want to use the NEM pocket couplings to standardise as much

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Standard Eight - only 14 more jobs

sad I know, but I made a list of things to do to finish the loco - 14 things, so that's two weeks if I only do one a day - eeeek!   so here was the kitchen table workbench last night     The chassis is ready for primer, as is the front bogie having cut off the front section of the Hornby lump and drilling to take a self tapper to hold a Bachmann small coupling in place.       The bodyshell is almost done, I still need to add the screen/window that does behind the driver's seat. I

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Parkside RCH 5 Plank 12 Ton Wagon - 3

One can (well, not all of it!) of Halfords Ford radiant red later and we have this:     The intention is to do a "Summat Colliery" version of this little wagon from my childhood home town     Must get an order off to HMRS for some black shaded lettering etc, it's starting to be quite a pricey wagon

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Frames for the 2-8-2 cut

Finally, I have some real frames. First I cut two pieces of copperclad pcb material to size then spray glued a copy of the frame "comic" to the top piece. These were then clamped to some 12mm mdf. Holes were bench drilled to take some 4ba screws right through the sandwich to secure everything once the clamp was removed.   1.6mm pilot holes were drilled through at the axle locations. I've done this so that I can use crankpins fitted in the mdf as a jig for setting up the coupling rods. As the f

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Standard Eight - details details

Had a pretty peaceful weekend so in between my Dad's 80th and one of my oldest friends getting wed I managed to get some details done on the Eight.   The tender is done, speaker wired up and installed, coal in the bunker and ladder refitted. Just needs a coat or two of varnish to blend it in with the loco.     The Comet lubricators have been fitted and the holes above in the footplate filled with Squadron White. I've also stripped the lining and cabside numbers ready for painting.    

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Final Photos Before Painting

As promised here's the 2-8-2 in all her unpainted glory so you can see what has been added to the basic Hornby green mouldings                 Now, where's that grey primer .......

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Organisation

I've made a start sorting out all my parts. Prompted by the upheaval of completely re-doing the office/study, including the new desk you see in the photo, I have spent a small fortune on storage boxes.   The one below is one of the larger ones, I will have five of these. Also I have bought nine smaller ones that will fit into one of the new cupboards in the study.     Resolution #1: Never again will I once a kit/project is built keep all the spare bits and bobs in the kit box whilst the e

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Not another Neverwazza!

A spoof photoshopped photo posted on Facebook has coincided with me having a Triang Evening Star with a disintegrated tender frame going for spares. So ladles and Jellyspoons, we have the BR Standard 9MT Tank Engine   Black outline is the stock 9F, red the 4MT Tank. Green is the extended tanks and bunker (well it is a 9F) which also moves the rear pony to a more suitable place. The blue line is where the bottom of the tank front needs to be raised to clear the weighshaft and line

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Duke of Gloucester - All Lined Out

Yes,   I've finally got round to finishing the lining on the Duke of Gloucester - prompted by Narrow Planet sending me the proof for the plates which have now been paid for and will be away at the etchers soon.   As soon as the plates are painted and in place the whole loco will be varnished then I can get it back together for an ex-works photo shoot. It will probably get a "2 weeks into service" weathering after that.   I also have a DJH example in for refurbish, well, rebuild chassis wis

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Deltic Prototypes - Bachmann Chassis Mods

The following image shows the plastic chassis frame from the Donor Bachmann deltic following an attack with razor saw, large file and 120 grit wet or dry     I started by razor sawing off a section from the ends of each tank end to reduce the overall length of the tanks so that they fit within the "lip" on the inside of the Dapol sides. The tank side faces were then sawn off as close to flush with the frame sides as I dared. These sides were then filed flush and the bottom edges of the ta

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More power Igor!

I always knew that the second hand Sagami motor that I had installed in the 2-8-2 was, well, a bit weak. It ran hot even just connected to the gearbox.   Now that I'm in the final assembly stage when it came to running in the assembled chassis following painting it was clear that it was just not up to the job.   Thanks to artisan100 - Geoff at Comet Models a Mashima 1628 together with a new matching steel worm gear was supplied in doble quick time. I took the liberty of also ordering a 14mm

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The Duke

OK, Golden Arrow Duke of Gloucester build starts now. Opening the box we have:     I've cleaned the loco body of the small amount of flash, needs a final fettle with some fine files to finish. There are a couple of air bubble holes in the chimney and a w/m replacement might be in the offing.   Similarly I might use some ex-JE etched deflctors now I've got the hang of them with the Clan and 2-8-2.   Tender is Chris' new BR1J and a fine moulding it is too - should match up to the Hornby c

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Tender for the 2-8-2 continued

Some progress on the tender. Basic chassis is soldered up and ready for pickups, dragbox and NEM pocket sorting.   I've also been detailing the body, adding wire handrails and brake handles. I've also added the brass strips on the top of the coal space and fixed in a section from a scrap tender to replace the broken corner of the top lip at the front of the coal space (see where I've sanded down etc in the second photo - the replacement bit is black plastic too)       I want to produce

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Deltic Prototypes - Dapol Bogies Revisited

Something about the Dapol/Bachmann DP1 did not look right. Only when I put the Lima body back on it's chassis did I realise that the Dapol body was far too high, buffers were a good 2mm up on what they should be Easy job to file off the ridges on top of the Bachmann chassis.   Then I looked at the bogies, they overhung the front and the steps were 2.5mm out of line with the doors. Ideally I would have liked to have moved the bogie pivots back but this would have been an almightly job not wit

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(Too) Close Coupling

Thought I'd check the tender to loco coupling as the extra 4mm length at the back was concerning me. Glad I did before going any further. For those who do not know, the current spec Brit chassis connects to the tender via a pin under the cab fixed to the chassis not the pony as in earlier variants.   Here's the result on the widest setting of the drawbar     and this one shows how it all connects     Fine if I don't expect the loco to go round curves!   The plan is to lose the c

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In Print!

Well, spring seems to be a popular time for my random scribblings.   The 2-8-2 is scheduled to appear in the next Model Rail - May issue out April 19th and yesterday Mike at Hornby Magazine confirmed the Duke of Gloucester will be appearing in the June edition (HM60) out 11th May

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Deltic Prototypes - Bachmann Chassis Fitted

Chassis matched up to the Dapol body at last     needed to nip a little bit out of the chassis sides to clear the angular webs that link the Dapol tanks to the body sides and then used a bit of Hornby handrail wire bent in a long C section inserted into two 0.6mm holes in the Dapol tanks to hold the sides in place. I will add a keeper plate over this wire secured with screws to the underside to stop the wire from dropping out in service. The fit is so good that I am minded to not bother wit

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3MT Mogul - a Decision

OK, the decision seems to have been made. The Airfix kit and Bachmann tender appeared yesterday and last night I offered up various bits of kit to the chassis and boiler.   There is a difference in mould quality, I had hoped that by using an original airfix kit the plastic might be crisper than the Dapol kit, oh well.   A few issues to consider: The motor is wider than the outside dimensions of the firebox lower/ashpan The nice painted backhead does not fit the airfix footplate - and t

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Coming together

not much progress this weekend, spent too long in the kitchen ripping off tiles and wall units ready for the plasterer on Wednesday   Finished off the front bogie and did a little more fetting with the boiler lower. Here's a couple of shots of the loco assembled so far       the second one shows an area of concern for me. I will have to fabricate the missing section of firebox bottom and grate so that it at least meets the frames (that shouldn't really be there). Ashpan might get so

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More photos

Thanks to Steve (ramrig) of this parish for these nice shots taken at Derby last weekend               Those of you coming to the Member's Day in July will be able to see it in the flesh so to speak

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Duke Chassis Progress

Not much to show really since the last update - although a lot of thought and planning has been done   here's the Caprotti gear with plasticard slivers epoxied to the backs of the lubricator castings. These will fit into the slots in the cast lubricator mounts on the chassis. The rear mounting points will be bonded to the already fabricated rear bracket.     The seconds shot shows the Hornby cylinders modified with the GA castings. The tops of the cylinders were cut away with razor saw a

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