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Easter Results. Yard Crane & More Point Rodding!

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Hello.

 

Easter this year in the Adams Household had been quite a quiet affair. For a change I didnt have anything planned so I took it as a oppertunity to relax, especially as April this year is quite a busy one. As a result, apart from numerous easter eggs being consumed I did a bit of modelling for Highclere...

 

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The best bit for me was the oppertunity to get a little more done on Highcleres yard crane. As some of you might remember from an earlier post I got the jib and a few extra bits etched recently and made a start building it at this years Ally Pally exhibition. Well the results above are the results of spending today tinkering away with it. I could have done it the sensible way and spent the time wisely drawing up the extra bits I needed ready to get etched but being a little impatient I decided to make them myself with my own fair hands and above is the result.

 

The numerous covers and casings were made from a mixture of thin Nickel Silver sheet and 0.4mm square rod (from my point rodding), the pulleys were made from bits of brass tube and various brass washers, and the base from a bit of plasticard sheet and tube. There is still more to add to this, especially as I am still trying to decipher the works drawings (what do all those gears do!?!) but with the help of Mr Stationmaster and a couple of very useful pictures lead me to what you see above. Sadly though there are still some bits which need to be etched as they are a little too fiddly to carve out of solid, so I might have to wait a little longer until I can finish this off properly. It looks a little bit more like a yard crane now though.

 

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I have also been plodding on with the point rodding for the layout too. This weekend saw me finish off assembling another 2ft of rodding complete with stools as you see above. This is another one of those labourious tasks that have to get done and its a little scary to think that it took me around 2 days (on and off) to get 2ft done. Thinking about it each foot length has approximately 75 individual point rodding stools, each one individually soldered onto the bar! At least I have found that the resistance solder unit makes the job much easier as I dont have to pre-tin the rodding before soldering the stools to it. There is still plenty more to make but this weekends work now means I can finish off one board ready for ballasting..

 

Missy :)

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Wow Missy very nice i must admit. what will the safe working load of the crane be ? i am correctin assuming it will work going on by your previouse works.

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Unbelievable modeling for such a small scale.

How tall are you ?.

 

Really good, thankyou

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Very nice Julia. I have the point rodding to do once I actually get the trackwork running to my satisfaction. I hope I can make mine look as realistic as yours.

 

Cheers

 

Tony

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Thanks Guys :)

 

what will the safe working load of the crane be ?

 

Probably about 100 grams! Definately not a can of lager!!

 

i am correctin assuming it will work going on by your previouse works.

 

No Nigel. This is a totally static model, I couldnt really see any reason to make this work.

 

How tall are you ?

 

Above average. Not teeny!

 

I hope I can make mine look as realistic as yours.CheersTony

 

Im sure you could make a better job of it than me Tony. Mine is far from perfect.

 

M :)

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Exquisite work with the crane Missy, really lovely :)

 

Can I ask what you are using for the point rodding itself? I have some of the 2mmSA etch but it's a little two dimensional where as yours has more depth to it.

 

Thanks,

 

Tom.

 

Edit: D'oh, Just seen, 0.4 mm square rod!

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Excellent as always, Missy. The crane is coming along very nicely. You've made me want to build one in 4mm right away! :-)

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That point rodding looks the business, definitely worth the extra hours.

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That crane is delectable Missy - lovely job and glad the pics proved useful. I'm not at all sure how you've done it but that channel rodding has a distinctly Western look to it, brilliant job.

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Hello :)

 

Can I ask what you are using for the point rodding itself? I have some of the 2mmSA etch but it's a little two dimensional where as yours has more depth to it.Thanks,Tom.Edit: D'oh, Just seen, 0.4 mm square rod!

 

Hi Tom. Yes, you answered your own question there! Model Signal Engineering sell the 0.4mm Rod, Southwark Bridge Models sell the stools http://www.sbmodels.org/ I can see them appearing on Ropley in the near future then!

 

You've made me want to build one in 4mm right away! :-)

 

Hello Mikkel, heres a thought, why not have a go at another 2mm one! Its much more fun!

 

Inspiring as ever Missy.Don

 

Thank you Don :)

 

That point rodding looks the business, definitely worth the extra hours.

 

Thats good to know Bryn. As you can imagine its a bit mind numbing soldering it all together. I havent even got to the tricky bits yet!

 

That crane is a work of art.

 

I dont know if I would call it a work of art Will but thank you :) Works of art can be usually found in galleries and cost lots of money :P

 

That crane is delectable Missy

 

I thought you would like it!

 

I'm not at all sure how you've done it but that channel rodding has a distinctly Western look to it

 

Im not sure how either! Im keeping a low profile about the origins of it as it might start one or two people off again!!

 

M :)

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