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De Snitzlton - Part 3

First off I must apologize for the long delay in posting a blog, the truth is that for the time being at least, I cannot spend as much time as I'd like on model railway's. Therefore, after what seems like an eternity, here's part three of 'De Snitzlton'. This blog covers the design and construction of a trailing bogie / pony which I considered a last resort 'steam assisted uncoupler' method as I much preferred the original design that featured in Part 1, but this design failed to deliver. This b

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De Snitzlton - Part 2.

I've been doing a little more work on 'De Snitzlton', a small 0:4:0 shunting locomotive for Fun Town's market stall's. This blog covers the scratch building of the wheels, connecting rods, gearbox modifications, axles, mechanical parts for the steam assisted uncoupler and the animated and non animated 4mm scale figures. I probably got to carried away a little with one figure that seemed like a good idea at the time, but after a period of calm / settling down, this figure was destined for the lay

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De Snitzlton - Part 1.

I've been working on a small 0:4:0 shunting locomotive for Fun Town's market stall's. I decided early on to design a new locomotive drawing inspiration from the transverse cylinder engine "Albion" and a small shunting loco De Winton. To make things even more interesting, the loco would be operated with DCC and include a DCC uncoupler with an animated operator and also, other as yet undetermined animations to be added as the project progressed. The project starts with a compensating chassis machi

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Tenshodo 14:1 Worm and Wheel.

I needed a Tenshodo type 14:1 worm and wheel for the current project I'm working on. The Tenshodo's were about the right size and would probably do the job, but a preference for metal gears prompted this sub project. The one thing that this blog demonstrates besides novice gear making, is how much time can be spent making side tracked components before work can begin on the job in hand. Now that the gears are complete, changes have been made in the main project that may render these gears as unr

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Market Stall Wagons - Part 1.

Modelling the Market Stall wagons for Fun Town.   Searching the web for market stalls that actually ran on tracks and existed in our historic  past proved fruitless, I've no doubt that when this blog get's published on rmweb, dozens  of examples will turn up, if so, they might inspire further models. The type of market stall required for Fun Town did exist as a road type vehicle and was available in model form as a  plastic kit by Wills, therefore the Will's model was used as a dimensi

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Market Stall Wagons - Part 2.

Part 2 continues modelling of  the market stall wagons for Fun Town.   If you've already read part 1 of Market Stall Wagons, then please skip past this intro text  to the images below.   Searching the web for market stalls that actually ran on tracks and existed in our historic  past proved fruitless, I've no doubt that when this blog get's published on rmweb, dozens  of examples will turn up, if so, they might inspire further models. The type of market stall  required for Fu

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Verne's Tower - Flying Machine.

Verne's Tower - Flying Machine.   As part of Fun Town, I was thinking of modelling a hot air balloon that revolved around  the large tower, but in the previous blog on Mike Sharmans vertical boiler steam traverser,  Mikkel commented that the traverser was very much in the stye of Jules Verne in appearance.  This got me thinking about maybe modelling the hot balloon baised on something Jules Verne  might have designed, a web search was done and after browsing through many images a compl

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Sharman's Traverser.

Fun Town - Sharmans Traverser.   Mike Sharmans vertical boiler steam traverser appears briefly on a Railscene 2 video that  features one of Mike's earliest multigauge layouts with some of the most unusual locomotives,  rail stock and features history has ever produced. I remember reading in one of the monthly  magazines that lack of information would not prevent Mike from a loco build if one took his  fancy, building a scale model from a single photograph was quite acceptable to him so

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Monorail Part 2.

Fun Town - Monorail Part 2.   In this, part 2 of the monorail tram design and development, a lot of effort has been put into reliable running and how it was or was not acheived. A decision was made in part 1 of the design, to keep areas of development that didn't work out in the blog, this was so that we can see how the final design was arrived at. Normally, when ideas don't work out,  I'll delete all the unwanted material, go back a few pages and hide all evidence to give the impressi

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Monorail - Part 1.

Follow the development of a monorail for Fun Town in this part 1,   Is it a bird, is it a plane, or is it just Snitzl Town's overhead tram.  To be honest, didn't know whether to call this project an overhead train, engine or  tram, technically its not yet a train, so I opted for tram. It's actually been eight  months since my last blog, the main reason being that development of this overhead tram system has had a few major setbacks that caused me to take a three month break to sort o

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Fun Town Micro Layout - Part 2.

Fun Town Micro Layout - Part II.   Here's part 2 of a small fun type layout which will also be my first venture into DCC. The  main feature of part 2 of Fun Town Micro Layout has been the construction of wrought iron  railings from 10 thou brass sheet and 0.5mm dia brass wire. Never tried this before, so there was a little learning curve in the initial satges as the process developed. Before  starting the job, I purchased 20 x 0.5mm dia twist drills from the bay, expecting to break  qu

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Fun Town Micro Layout - Part 1.

Fun Town Micro Layout - Part 1.   Here's the humble beginnings of a small fun type layout which will also be my first  venture into DCC. The layout will eventually include led lighting, traverser, animated room interiors, animated figures, overhead transportation and a market train that will consist of an engine and market stalls ( running on rails of course ).  

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Snitzl's Controller Development.

Continues with the development of an analog Pentroller type.   This blog brings to an end the development of an analog Pentroller type controller with a couple of versions that have turned out rather well. The blog also includes a shuttle circuit that is designed to be used in combination with the controller in a future fun type layout with  automatic trains, automated chimney sweep brushes, people waving, light flashing and whatever  else that springs to mind. So, while browsing the r

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Snitzl Investigates Pentroller.

An investigation into Stewart Hines Pentroller.   This blog investigates Stuart Hines Pentroller and presents a layout of the board, identifies  components, includes schematics and presents various oscilloscope captures of the pulse width  modulation and timimg pulses in an effort to understand the function of the design. Last night,  I was a pleasantly surprised to receive a telephone call from Stuart, granting permission for  details of Pentroller to be presented in this blog, howeve

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Snitzlspeed Controller.

Using a laser printer to create printed circuit boards ?.   Stumbled across the method of using a laser printer to create printed circuit boards on the  internet and thought I'd present my experiences with this method as a blog. Not having the appropriate software for creating circuit board artworks, I actually photographed the trackside  of a now discontinued controller from the 1990's, made a few alterations, coloured the track  in black, mirrored the artwork and then printed nine co

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Lining with Decals.

An experiment with full panel decals as an alternative to traditional lining methods.   The idea for this experimental blog came after a second attempt at lining the Beattie Well Tank.  I've often heard it said that lining rolling stock takes practice, practice practice, but I didn't want to spend the rest of my life re-spraying and lining a Beattie Well Tank, I'd sooner spend that time building, building, building, also the Beattie Well Tank required bespoke graphics that would be i

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Beattie Well Tank.

Adding details to the chassis including springes, valves and lots more.   History. Joseph Beattie was one of the old school locomotive designers who believed in a low centre  of gravity for his locos. Boiler centre line was kept naturally low, while well tanks  between the frames were employed rather than the higher side or saddle tanks. An whole  series of boilers and smokebox's were designed for burning coal instead of coke. The last six and the Nine Elms locomotives had square

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Motor Bogie Design.

Here's a  little design and development work on Flexichas Motor Bogies.   Been thinking for quite some time about modelling a couple of motor bogies with Sharman type  suspension and although the idea I have in mind is new to me, I wouldn't be overly surprised  if the idea had already been done. Some years ago, scale flange wheels were fitted to all  snitzl rolling stock, which in turn made all of the fixed chassis locos unreliable due to  derailing. Presently, with the exception of tw

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LSWR class T14 4-6-0 Locomotive.

Brief Prototype History for the T14.   The LSWR Class T14 was a class of ten 4-6-0 locomotives designed by Dugald Drummond for  express passenger service for London & South Western Railway, built at Eastleigh between 1911 and 1912. The T14 was not one of Drummonds better loco designs, they suffered from heavy coal and water consumption and the axle boxes ran  extremely hot. Later modifications included removal of the paddlebox type splashers,  raising the footplate and forced lubri

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Drummond's Bug.

This project is to try and do as much as possible to finish off an L.S.W.R. class F9 4:2:4T.   Brief Prototype History for the Bug. The bug was Dugald Drummonds inspection loco built by L.S.W.R. works at Nine Elms and  completed in april of 1899, numbered 733. Original livery for the loco was apple green  edged with chocolate with a black line edged either side by white. The saloon was painted  dark green / brown with the upper recessed panels in salmon pink, lining for the saloon

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Replacing Coupling Rods.

Here's a couple of methods you can use for making replacement coupling rods.   Its not unusual when scratchbuilding a new loco chassis to make the rods first and use them  as a jig to drill axle bearings holes or holes for axle bushes, but there are times when there's a need to make replacement rods. Here are a couple of methods that may be of use. The  first method is the simplest, but requires the use of either a milling machine or compound slide mounted on a bench drill. For those t

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Coffee Pot Modifications.

Modifications and detailing on Neilson & Co 0:4:0  Coffee Pot.   After reading other modellers blogs, its seems that quite a few of us are plaqued with infinished projects syndrome, with incomplete models littering our shelfs. In my case, I  had scratchbuilt 16 locos and 5 remained unfinished, so a decision was made to try and get  some of them transferred to the done section. This scratchbuilt model of the coffeepot was  started some 30 years ago, but because of its racehorse like

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Gearbox Madness.

Geabox Madness illustrates the construction of different gearbox types.   How many modellers do you know that make a closed gearbox for an Adams B4 only to find that  the motor intended for use with the gearbox has packed in, a modification is made to the gearbox  to later find that the unit will not fit in the intended B4 without surgery to the boiler, a  start is then made on a cradle type gearbox only to find the same, the end solution on the B4  can be viewed in another blog.

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Cutting Gears.

Ever wanted to make your own worm and gear wheel ?.   Here's how to make a simple 30:1 worm and gear along with a home made gear cutter,  both lathe and milling machine were used in the process.  

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Adams B4 Modification.

Scratchbuilt Em to P4 conversion with wheel rim turning for this L.S.W.R. class B4 Dock Tank.   This second installment of Snitzl Works section covers the conversion of a scratchbuilt Adams  B4 in EM gauge to P4. The original model was built way back in the early 1980's to standard  gauge and a few years later converted to EM, so its taken a while to build up enough  enthusiasm to do this final conversion.  

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