Well, after taking a break (and a little shopping at Wycrail) I have revisited the Yellow Peril and this time it was successful
The 1mm copper wire was first shaped and checked against the dome until I was happy. A flat filed in the side and 0.5mm hole drilled through. 0.45mm brass wire soldered in place and the joint cleaned up.
I then cut the wire off almost flush with the joint and filed it flat to make a suitable location to cyano on the handwheel section salvaged from the previous
OK, safe to say my first attempt at the steam pipework for Yellow Peril didn't go to plan last night!
drilled the 0.5mm hole (only one broken drill) and soldered the 0.45mm wire in place. Started forming the copper wire to shape and the thing snapped where the 0.5mm hole was drilled
I've started again this time shaping the 1mm wire first but didn't have the heart to start fitting a new handwheel to the end.
So, I cut back the side ladder instead and glued the ends to the handrail w
And so to the steam pipe to the cab from the dome for Yellow Peril. After studying two photos it is clear that there is some form of steam cock with a handwheel connected to lagged piping coming from the dome.
So 1mm wire, drilled 0.4mm on the end with 0.3mm wire soldered in, then the smallest hand wheel from an 00 mse point rodding set sweated on. The handwheel is a 4 spoke not three like the real thing but hopefully I will be forgiven that ....
Optivisor to the max lol
Ahead of Summat's date with the public in March I've started fettling the RMweb Austerity.
First off couplings. Off to with the front pocket and the hook removed from the rear tension lock. Home made 3 links held in place on the DJM hooks with a spot of Cyano. Done
Real coal added to the bunker and it looks like the crew have been careless with cleaning out the smokebox....
I've also filled the buffer beam holes as I won't be fitting vacuum pipes. A touch of Tamiya Matt red and they
Wow, last update was a long time ago LOL
Summat will be dusted off again for the 10th Anniversary Mansfield Show in March next year and I'm thinking about giving it a bit of a refresh. I've always had a plan to add another turnout with a stub siding up to the loco coal staithe to hold the colliery loco coal wagon
The siding is even in the track plan on the flyers that I give out to folks
Seeing as I have all the bits and there is a spare output on the MERG accessory decoder
Been a while since I did anything on Summat but after Wigan I left the long conveyor on the parcel shelf in the Scooby and the sun got to it. Half of the plastic deformed like a banana
These sections of the Walthers kit were kindly donated to me by a couple of RMwebbers as I'd already used the large conveyor from my kit to run to the road hopper. Little chance of anyone else having a spare set so I contacted Walthers about the possibility of some spares. Despite an initial favourable respon
This weekend gone was Summat Colliery's first time out since the Member's Day in July and what a great weekend it was.
The show was held in Stickney Village Hall in Lincolnshire and just at the edge of my limit for a show without accommodation, so it was an early start and quite a few miles under my belt in the Scooby (not all bad then )
Summat performed brilliantly as usual, most problems were caused by operator error (me) in the main. Can't thank my two helpers over the weekend enough
Following a shopping trip at Wycrail 10 a Peco SL-E191 short radius point and a pack of PL-9 mounting bases hit the workbench.
So last night whilst watching TV I prepped the point before fitting it to the layout (a bit of a first). The pic below shows what I do to all electrofrogs, nothing new, it's all in the accompanying leaflet, apart from the hacking off of the solenoid mounting points!
I've also fitted the solenoid (an old PL10 with extension pin, bought way before they did a P
At the Mickleover show it occurred to me that a short siding running up to the end of the coaling stage would
Provide somewhere to store the Colliery "loco coal" wagon
Fill a space that is a bit empty that has been bothering me for a while
So if I ripped up the shed road up to somewhere next to the coaling stage and slotted in a steamline short radius point would give something like this:
The Anyrail diagram is very approximate, I've not measured anything, but I only
What another great weekend!
I arrived before anyone else on Saturday morning, having not got lost or heading for Scotland but was soon joined by Mike Bellamy and Selwyn North who carried the layout in for me!. My new helper Keith arrived just in time to miss all the heavy work and we proceded to set up Summat in a more leasurly fashion than normal. I took a lot of care setting up the legs to ensure that the shelves fitted properly to avoid any more accidents with falling, breaking teacups et
The nice chaps at Mickleover have kindly invited Summat Coliery to take part in their show on 2nd & 3rd October.
I will be there with a new "helper" called Keith as disco-dave is otherwise engaged for that weekend, treat him gently lads
What a day, Summat behaved itself really well - first time out since the Mansfield Show. Had a few odd track alignment problems at baseboard joins. Most sorted with a quick tweak with pliers
Loads of great questions from knowledgeable punters and a lot of customers went away inspired.
I think Gareth should start stocking hanging basket liner as I had a lot of questions about it's use on Summat
Summat Colliery set up and ready on the upper floor mezzanine ready for the the off
I've been busy rewiring Summat since the Nottingham show. One consequence of using a Powercab on the layout is that the Powercab does not respond gracefully to a short circuit, especially with two throttles in operation. So to mitigate all the unseemly unplugging of power, swapping handsets and reassigning of cab numbers some form of protection was in order.
Many moons ago Mike Bolton at MERG sent me one of his prototype BCO1 block cut-out pcbs to test with Dynamis. It didn't work, being un
Firstly I'd like to add a vote of thanks from myself and disco-dave to all the guys and gals at the Nottingham Model Railway Society for their hospitality all weekend. Were looked after very well, even to the extent of moving the demo tables to clear the end of my layout when it became clear that the legs would be kicked all weekend as the main access to the inside of our "block" was, yes, you guessed it, right next to my layout
Had a thoroughly brilliant weekend, it all went too quickly,
Well, the first exhibition of the season went really well. Thanks to Mark and crew for an excellent show which raised a good sum for the school so I'm told.
Summat behaved itself really well considering it hadn't come out from under the desk since Wycrail last year. Had the odd electrical gremlin (interboard jumper wire loose in choclate block connector) and one point microswitch was a bit reluctant to throw fully resulting in a couple of shorts in running.
Harry and #49 performed really
Found this in the kitchen today
Now I'm told it's a funnel for adding salt to a device called a dishwasher. However, SWMBO informs me we don't add salt to ours so looking at the photos from New Haden Colliery in this month's HM rang a bell.
Would this be a drying tower (?) for Summat perchance B)
Took a break last night from the Deltics to do a bit more detailing on the red lorry for Summat, it was about time that the owner's name was added to the sides B)
I've added a sprinking of coal dust to the loadspace floor too
EDIT: looking at the photo there's room to add "UK" on the end as well, not sure how many traders in 1958 were keen to say they were a UK company but hey ho!
What can I say, Wycrail on Saturday went really well. The journey down on Friday was fine, a bit sticky round Birmingham/Solihull on the M42, clearly the bods in charge of the variable speed limit were bored and were playing silly beggars (40, national speed limit, 50, 60, 50 ......) but despite this I got down to High Wycombe from Robin Hood country in 2 1/2 hours and safely tucked up in the digs by 5pm. Shame it was raining.
Pootled down to the venue for about 6pm and got Summat set up (st
Tonight I have to pack up Summat Colliery ready for the trip down south for Wycrail on Saturday, so no time left for futher fiddling - frankly I'm getting ready to pack it away under the desk and get on with some other modelling. It's the last outing until the Mansfield show next year - I could do with a few more bookings, so if you have a space to fill .......
So, hope to see loads of you at Wycrail, there's a lot of new detail etc on the layout since Member's Day and the Derby show, not le
Popped in to my local purveyor of all things electronic (been using them for 30 odd years!) and bought a 2.5mm mono plug and matching screened metal cased socket. Soldered the plug to the end of the bulb wires and drilled a 7mm hole in the baseboard. Glued the socket in said hole and connected wires to the 18v DC bus and hey presto
Also bought a new right angled speaker plug - I use these to connect the DCC signal from the controller to the baseboard(s) - This one has screw connections
Added some lighting to the main screen building last night, again the long leaded 6v miniature bulbs bought at the Derby Show masking taped to the roofs in strategic places to get a fairly even spread of light. Only 4 bulbs for the whole building which ends up brighter lit than the "bus garage" on the other board.
Next step is to get some kind of connector for the power as this building is removeable for transport etc - a trip to Mapins this afternoon methinks