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A Bird for Brent pt4

The Fatadder

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Another nights work and Nightingale is starting to come together.  
 

 

The first task was to build a batch of 6 boiler washout plugs.   I ended up making 8 as two were lost to the carpet at the final stage.  (I suppose given my dyspraxia I should be happy that I have the coordination to make these things, but it does result in the loss of a lot of small parts!) 

 

The next job was to mark out the positions of the plugs (Using the drawing inspiration Russell and a photo as a guide), before drilling an indentation with a screw drill.  Before drilling 1mm diameter holes with the pillar drill.  The brass of the firebox is very thick so it took some effort even with the pillar drill.

 

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The holes were then opened up with cutting broaches to 1/16 before test fitting with a length of the brass tube.  Normally I would want to solder these in, however the inside of the firebox contains some crude soldering, a lot of cruddy paint and generally isn’t in a great condition for soldering.  To top it off it’s very tricky to get access to clean it up.  Instead I just used superglue...

 

So that is the first side done, tomorrow I need to repeat the process for the other side. 
 

 

Other remaining jobs:

>tender rear details (steps, lamp irons, handrails)

>rivet details on smokebox, bufferbeam  and bogie (I need to find a uk source of Archers transfers)

>mud door covers ( I may have a go at scratch building some as I can’t find any in the scrap box).

>smokebox dart
>Reattach handrail

>Test motor and decide on how it will eventually be powered 

>determine livery, I am tending towards wartime black, but I’d love to confirm dates 3449  was in the works  between 43 and 48 To help confirm it 

 

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