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Public Outing

Thanks to Diesel Dayz for allowing the 2-8-2 a guest appearance on Duke Street at this weekend's Derby Show     raised a few eyebrows and even attracted the attention of Steve Flint B-)

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New (old) Tender Drive for 93000

Over the last few days I have been putting together this for my "Missing" Standard 8F:     Basically the chinese built 5 pole tender drive was incompatible with Peco code 75 turnouts, the 3 way especially. I tried removing the centre wobbly wheels and set the b2bs to 14.4mm (which then needed the wheels shimming to maintain gear mesh!) but then I looked at the way the Crosti 9F just ran at shows without fuss and I remembered the old drive that originally came with the 9F.   It's basically

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Take One Hundred Lines!

It's been a while, as pointed out by Pete Harvey. Well, I've been busy exhibiting and building by Powercab PCP panel/rolling road setup, but I have managed to get the RHS lined up     keen eyes will notice that I have brushed some pre-thinned PP satin varnish over the running plate lining to beef it up ready for me to tackle the other side ........

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ABS 5 Plank Wagon - Part 3

Well, I got the bits from Adrian at ABS so the angled planks at the bottom of the doors and label clips were added and then the painting commenced.   Below shows the wagon as it sits now, basic spraying done but there is a lot of overspray on the black where I couldn't mask well enough. No matter, I'll touch up with Tamiya semi gloss black and no-one will know.     It's done in BR period livery, and just needs black number patches adding once the overspray is sorted, oh and a touch of whi

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You can't get me, I'm part of the union ...

This is getting a little silly, now the union link is too short, even though I've made the connecting rod 1mm longer than the drawing     The combination lever looks a little short too, but I think I can live with this.   No way round it, I've got to fabricate two new union links from scratch to the correct length. Not sure if the 2-8-2 link should be longer than a 9F item, but whatever, mine does. I'll tack solder two bits of scrap etch together and make both at the same time then thi

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The Duke and his Chassis

I'm still doing prep work and planning with this build. Chris' instructions suggest you start with the chassis so I've stripped the brit chassis down to it's drive wheels and coupling rods. Here's a quick snap of the first trial fit of the body on the chassis - it fits!     As I'm not using the recommended chassis there will be a few deviations from the instructions. I will not be using the resin front motion support bracket (part 3) as the cast lubricator supports will do nicely. The Hornb

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The Duke so Far

Well, work on the Duke will be suspended as I've run out of bits!   The ex-JE etched deflectors will be posted out next week, so I'm told. Chris at Golden Arrow is chasing his supplier for the missing buffers - he already has the cylinder drains.   So I thought a few pics of the current state of play might be a good idea.           I still havn't sorted out the cab details yet, although I have found a pair of Hornby crew that will do fine. Big question is how to fabricate the

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Nearly There .....

Quick photo of the 2-8-2 before fitting of the brakes and rigging.     Tender needs coal and a coupling, but that's about it really.   Went a bit mad with the Brit detailing pack I got off eBay, fitted the screw link coupling and backing plate (if that's the word?) plus the steam heat pipe as well as the cylinder drains that I bought it for. The rest will go to the Duke of Gloucester that is to come B)   Wonder if it still works?   UPDATE:   Couldn't resist taking this pic of the

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Golden Arrow Crosti - Back in Black

Whohoo! apart from shed and numberplates it's about done. Still need to add coal, take a little off the tender weight to get the body to sit right down and the power wires betwixt loco and tender need re-soldering but basically it's ready for weathering     The loco will have an extensive photoshoot before hand-over to it's owner, I'll post some here

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The Duke's Plates

I received the plates for the Duke of Gloucester Saturday morning, Narrow planet have done a fantastic job, etching using thinner brass than for the 2-8-2 which has allowed a much better detail for the works plates etc.   Here's the nameplates fitted     I'm still trying to get the rest painted with white raised text etc, might not work due to the thinness of the etching, but I'll give it my best shot.   My large tin of pre-thinned PV72 satin varnish went off, maybe in the cold of the o

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Trains4U Open Day Preview

For those of you who can't make it, and those of you who can, here's what will be making a guest appearance on Summat Colliery         I've got some more fiddling to do with the chassis and more weight to get in around the firebox/ashpan area but in appearance this is what you'll be getting on Sunday   UPDATE: CVs have been tweaked so we now have approx 4 chuffs per rev not 8 and the front smokebox shovelling plate fitted. We'll see what tonight brings .......

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Golden Arrow Crosti - Tender Part 2

Quick photo following fitting of handrails and a quick coat of Carplan grey primer, looks quite nice     note top of drive unit poking through the hole in the coal space. The shell is not quite sitting down as well as it should, need to take a wee bit more off the top of the tender weight then it will be fine.   Will start fettling the loco body over the weekend, first issue is that the casting has the blower duct/tunnel on the left hand side of the boiler that was only fitted to the re

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A Grey Day

Grey primer that is - it's a lovely sunny day really   Various chassis parts have been stripped down and given a coat of Hycote grey primer ready for some satin black     The loco and tender bodies have also been treated to a coat or two, but are hardening off in a darkened room

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Golden Arrow Crosti - Loco Body Fettling

I've set the tender aside for now, fall plate might need adjusting once connected to the loco, but that is to come ...   Bodyshell was fettled and filed, this took much longer than the tender, but then it is a much more complicated casting. It cleans up really easily and what initially looks like a bit of a dogs breakfast very quickly looks the business.   The blower and duct/tunnel cover was scraped off with my trusty Swann Morton #10 and smoothed off. The cab backhead etc was epoxied in pl

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"As Built"

I've had a few requests to see the 2-8-2 in unlined "as built" black, so in homage to Hornby's latest Britannia offering here's 91000 before lining out and naming       Keen eyes will observe the digitally removed cylinder lining and the fact that the return crank is not actually soldered to the crankpin

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Deltic Prototypes - Bodies go Blue

I thought I'd get a quick update in before the server goes down ...   Both bodies are now blue, the Lima one is well on the way to getting it's Fox transfers applied. I'll post pics once we are on the new server.   Airbrushed the Dapol body today and I'm pretty pleased. Think it might do with another quick waft. My proper airbrush arrived today, don't think I'll be able to use it until my birthday in June though     Might get this loco done for the Nottingham Show yet

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The Duke Ready for Lining

Well, the Duke is ready for lining. All the detail painting is done including some picked out pipework and the cab has a few touches of paint around steam pipes and the gauges are picked out in white with black pointers.     Tender is also ready, so there's really no excuse not to get the pressfix out is there?

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Golden Arrow Crosti - Ready for Christmas

As promised, here's a few photos of the Crosti posing on Summat Colliery ready for delivery to it's new owner in time for Christmas. It is intended that Roomey of this parish will weather it in the new year.          

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Deltic Prototypes - quick update

As the title says, a quick update on this weekend's progress. Chassis has been modified so it sits inside the Dapol body. I intend to keep as much of the original fuel tanks and weight as possible so more shaping etc is required to get the body sides fitting correctly.     Once the chassis frames are done I'll sort out some fixing lugs inside the body so that the original screw fixings can be used. After that I need to find some way of holding the body sides to the chassis as they tend to b

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Pipework and Valves Finished

well, for now at least.   All the main components are in place and plumbed up       Handrails and the regulator linkages next then it's probably deflectors.   The chassis needs revisiting as the lubricator supports are still missing and I'd like to add the sandbox filler tubes and possible a sandbox or two between the frames - all fixed to the boiler lower. I've plenty of exhaust steam pipe left to add a representation of it emerging from between the frames up to the running plate

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Cylinders

As I mentioned in the comments of the last entry the cylinders got soldered up the other night. Well now they are fitted to the chassis     I had to add a small amount of packing to the front edge to get the correct angle for them. The original chassis design was based on a Comet Britannia front end so the angle was not quite right. A single strip of scrap etch from the cylinders kit was perfect.   Here's a shot of the loco with the body on     Note the cylinders are slightly too far

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Steps to finish tender ....

Some of you may have seen my questions in the main forum about rear tender footsteps on this loco. Well, a couple of evening's fiddling with 3mm brass strip and a soldering iron has given me a fair representation of said steps.     Don't worry about the roughened area around the base of the step, it's where I've glassfibred away some cyano overspill   So all that's left to do is fabricate the tool tunnel and maybe open up the corresponding hole in the tender front bulkhead. Not sure ab

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Focus Deflected Back to the Duke

Following a brief interlude with my thoughts on a 77xxx I returned to the Duke yeterday whilst recovering from a nasty bout of Bejing Belly (don't ask)   So deflectors are now modified to the single continuous handrail which involved unsoldering the small lower handrail and the handrail knob from the end of the top handrail. This was re-sited higher up in a new hole, two holes were filled with solder and then a new section of handrail soldered in with the join within the old knob.   Pic belo

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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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