Jump to content
  • entries
    21
  • comments
    67
  • views
    12,746

Scorpio Models 7mm GWR Steam Railmotor kit build.


ROSSPOP

301 views

With aging hands and eyesight this will be the last kit build for me as I`ve now got quite a selection of builds to play with, plus it`s time to start playing with them all.

 

I`ve been wanting to build one of these for quite a while and took the plunge just after Christmas.   £ 400  gets you a complete kit including wheels and a motor/gearbox kit plus all the  detail parts in either lost wax or white metal including seating parts for the passenger saloon. Scorpio supply three instruction booklets, covering  the motor bogie, trailing bogie and body. It is a complex kit.

 

As ever I kicked off with building  the motorised bogie and vertical boiler unit, starting with the coupling rods.

 

DSC05941.JPG.9d3bd5d602b0315c50557cb4040580e2.JPG

 

There is a great set of etches in nickel silver for the bogie frames etc.  There is provision for beam compensation but I have opted for a fixed chassis as this is a complex build.

 

DSC05936.JPG.ca8e4e23501e73d83d839b3fe28c6b9f.JPG

 

Reading the instructions several times is essential for this kit as they flit about rather than flow in sequence.

 

Nickel silver solders so well and I numbered the parts required at each stage.

 

DSC05974.JPG.01e55f5dc1ef07024b571bce5dc7bbf8.JPG

 

 The etched bearing holes are accurately positioned.

 

DSC05976.JPG.f0ff6493052644a66a13891f3c7e7f0c.JPG 

But I like to be doubly sure, as this mechanism will be difficult to be dismantled even for painting.

 

DSC05978.JPG.9ff6a6938cbb783521c81d84d339138b.JPG

 

I do like to have compensation with loco chassis but this would have added too much complication with the internal white metal detailing.

 

DSC05981.JPG.6421dc48daa0e0e74253795ece1454f0.JPG

 

DSC05983.JPG.183a4b61075b70a20e677540b2595247.JPG

 

The motion parts are very finely etched or lost wax which benefit from fettling before assembly.

 

DSC05987.JPG.45b618d33303407a6019715c71fbece1.JPG

 

 

DSC05988.JPG.83c819d256af3d99d0e1e99163de63e4.JPG

 

Not the simplest of ways to construct slide bars, but they do look the part.

 

DSC05991.JPG.4e6c601f3d2282fe3c3d63ec0326b62c.JPG

 

But after a bit of a clean up  it all comes together....

 

DSC06001.JPG.e7777a7f038933c34cbea1d460cd86ac.JPG

 

.......................... more to follow...........................

 

 

 

  • Like 9
  • Informative/Useful 1
  • Craftsmanship/clever 3

9 Comments


Recommended Comments

  • RMweb Gold

I’m very much looking forward to following this build, I’ve been planning on building something similar for Sherton Abbas.  What you’ve achieved so far looks excellent!
 

BW

 

Dave

  • Like 1
Link to comment
  • RMweb Gold
11 hours ago, wenlock said:

I’m very much looking forward to following this build, I’ve been planning on building something similar for Sherton Abbas.  What you’ve achieved so far looks excellent!
 

BW

 

Dave

 

 

Thanks Dave, Ah yes Sherton Abbas a favourite of mine....... more about that anon....

  • Like 1
Link to comment
  • RMweb Gold

The valve gear is small and there is not much wriggle room for errors. Pleasingly the kit etches are accurate and if you take time enough a satisfactory mechanism is easily achievable.

 

DSC06004.JPG.793ec6b06e5316f877430778986d7d3d.JPG

 

 

The gearbox is a simple fold up etch and fits the bogie innards very well....

 

DSC06007.JPG.f0a0257876870c513b25592bf94772f5.JPG

 

 

The kit provides some lovely front axle bearing castings to help with the tightness of space behind the slide bars.

 

All in all a very enjoyable build so far.

 

DSC06006.JPG.fc14d37b684f8789a638f57add7bd985.JPG

 

This kit is for an` experienced` modeller.... now there`s a funny thing.   `Experience` well you can be a modeller of 40 years plus and have achieved one experience or you can be a modeller of one year and have achieved 40 experiences.   I would say that if you feel confident and competent and not scared of soldering  then this kit is for you....

 

 

 

Now back to Dave and his Sherton Abbas layout where a Steam Railcar would fit in nicely....

 

An enjoyable interlude at Sherton last seen by me at ` Telfords End ` while I return to the shed........................

 

 

  • Like 6
  • Craftsmanship/clever 3
Link to comment
bgman

Posted (edited)

Lovely to see your mechanism working John, it's what has put me off slightly but your words are encouraging, I had a bad enough time making it work in 4mm. It must be much better on the eyes to assemble in 7mm.

Certainly looking forward to the rest of your build and I think it will be well suited to the revised layout.

 

 

Edited by bgman
Link to comment
  • RMweb Gold
21 hours ago, bgman said:

Lovely to see your mechanism working John, it's what has put me off slightly but your words are encouraging, I had a bad enough time making it work in 4mm. It must be much better on the eyes to assemble in 7mm.

Certainly looking forward to the rest of your build and I think it will be well suited to the revised layout.

 

 

Thanks Graham,

 

I still have nightmares about the valve gear on the Jidenco  4mm LSWR Railcar from way back in the 1980`s !!!

 

Which was the last steam ralicar I made.

 

1390380_Lifetimeofmodelling.jpg.2f01b846d6da80097db9bf9f57da4284.jpg

  • Friendly/supportive 1
Link to comment
  • RMweb Gold

Meanwhile, back at the shed......

 

last night I wrestled with making no less than three cones and a round tube which played havoc with my arthritic fingers.....

 

DSC06011.JPG.9eb74b384aef7fbd504c1e7e69e35b9e.JPG

 

 

DSC06014.JPG.8ada3dcc8214795a195020e5e3463d3d.JPG

 

 

 

Pondering about using a screw fixing to keep the boiler attached to the bogie...but at a later date. There are a myriad of lost wax boiler parts to be fitted later.

I`ve decided to push forward with making the un-powered bogie and the Railmotor body completed  before super detailing when all the complex parts have been made.

 

DSC06013.JPG.70f6d2d569b87b23768161dc49ec8d20.JPG

 

  • Like 4
  • Craftsmanship/clever 5
Link to comment

It's looking beautiful and great to see the video too.  I could watch Walshaerts motion for hours :)

  • Agree 2
Link to comment
  • RMweb Gold
ROSSPOP

Posted (edited)

Thanks Mike,

 

Spent a few days on the trailing  `fish belly` bogie which is quite a kit in itself......

 

DSC06017.JPG.632ddf41342c6b8c19bc478e001e3f4d.JPG

 

 

Having assembled the basic bogie chassis I spent time piecing together all the brake rigging and white metal brake blocks and after a struggle trying to get it all in place decided that there was far too much risk of electrical shorting between the brake blocks and wheels....far too risky for an impending DCC sound set up.

 

 

DSC06020.JPG.34bcc2f6267333ca59a70a5fa7f68cbf.JPG

 

Also, I needed as much space as possible for unobtrusive wiper pickups so without all the brake rigging is going to be much easier.

 

 

At any rate the bogie is now completed, so on to the basic body build........

 

DSC06022.JPG.57977767af701abc3fd6fbaedaf038dc.JPG

 

DSC06021.JPG.aa16c2a81684dec89549d62e032d95fc.JPG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited by ROSSPOP
  • Like 5
  • Craftsmanship/clever 2
Link to comment
  • RMweb Gold

Today I started the Railmotor body construction.

 

My biggest concern was shaping the flat roof etch into a GWR shaped roof profile . It`s one thing shaping flat brass in 4mm but O Gauge is a major beast.....

 

I dont possess any rolling bars, not that they would be a lot of use to me.   But I wanted to get this worry out of the way so I could enjoy the rest of the build knowing I hav`nt got a black cloud hanging over me...........

 

So it was study photos of the real thing and then find suitable diameter brush and broom handles and slowly work away by hand.

 

Surprisingly, it turned out easier than I envisaged.............

 

DSC06032.JPG.7c5fca0410dd598c9191604fea42fbaa.JPG

 

 

I expected difficulties with the etched on roof rain strips going against the bends and considered filing them off in case of trouble.

 

But in the end they were`nt a problem...

 

DSC06027.JPG.59ae3fad598e2978f2783d0fc6369150.JPG

 

 

There are a few `dinks` here and there but these will easily be sorted later...

 

DSC06030.JPG.c99d07d93ba0f8b986ee1192664e8f8f.JPG

 

 

DSC06029.JPG.8d6a891c0c065b97f9f7fcac7dcdc916.JPG

 

 

DSC06034.JPG.f9dc141f0d856068d3f16db781d11cfa.JPG

 

Whew ! that headache is out of the way.  I shall retire for a cuppa and a slice of ginger cake plus Paracetamol for my aching hands and fingers.....

  • Like 2
  • Craftsmanship/clever 3
Link to comment

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.