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Stour Valley Dream - More on bridges, trees, oh and a J20

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IMG_6965a.jpg.82e9b9cbc27651a4d69df22f78c60073.jpgProgress has been made on various projects I thought I'd share.

 

First up, on the small river bridge, I re-drew the 3d model for the girders and added the walk-way and handrail supports. These were threaded with brass wire and bent to shape. The result makes for a fairly unique bridge, certainly one in the 'you couldn't make this up' category.

 

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While I've been waiting for paint to dry I decided to start preparing some trees. I'd bought some tree armatures sold under the brand name 'Footpath' by Model Scenery Supplies. These seemed good value to me at £9.85 for 5 armatures about 140mm tall.

As supplied they are a little squashed together in the packet, the wire is well twisted, but on the recommendation of MSS I applied a little solder to the major joints just to stop them unwrapping.

 

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The wire is quite robust but nowhere near as painful on the fingers as picture wire or brake cable. I found that a little extra winding is worthwhile at the ends of the branches, this probably took about 5-10 minutes per armature.

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I've added some bark (sorry I don't know the source, it was just a plastic bag in my scenics box labelled 'bark'!. I mixed whatever this was with some PVA and painted it on in a number of layers.

 

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Finally I thought I'd show a bit more progress on the Crownline J20. The tender is now fitted with a revised sprung chassis and a motor fitted to the gearbox. The loco has moved 'on jump leads' along a test track and seems to do so smoothly and without binding. I've now got to a point where the 'hot work' has been done on the boiler so stuck on a couple of the parts which I had 3D printed.

 

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I wasn't happy with the rather prominent washout plugs just being represented by a half-etched circle so I drilled these out a stuck a more detailed fitting behind the boiler cladding. I also printed the sandboxes, complete with the flange around the base, rather than use the fold up etch from the kit. I retained the etch cover on the front though.

 

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Now what else can I do to procrastinate over static grass?

 

David

 

 

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David,

The J20 looks to have had an incredibly long wheel base for an 0-6-0. An interesting looking loco, though. Just a thought, if you don't mind - I think you need to add a front to the firebox, between the boiler and foot plate. There's a rather obvious hole there.

Like what you've done with the tree armatures - a vast improvement. They look to be a useful base for smaller trees, such hawthorn, flowering cherry, etc.

The bridge is also looking good.

Dave.

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On 28/03/2019 at 12:11, Dave Holt said:

David,

The J20 looks to have had an incredibly long wheel base for an 0-6-0. An interesting looking loco, though. Just a thought, if you don't mind - I think you need to add a front to the firebox, between the boiler and foot plate. There's a rather obvious hole there.

Like what you've done with the tree armatures - a vast improvement. They look to be a useful base for smaller trees, such hawthorn, flowering cherry, etc.

The bridge is also looking good.

Dave.

Yes the J20 was a bit of a beast. It had the same boiler as a B12 on an 0-6-0 chassis! I agree I'm probably going to have to do something with the hole in the front of the firebox, fixing it in a manner that means I can still get the motor and gearbox in and out is the problem.

 

David

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