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  1. Thanks i'll probably try a couple if they look close and as you say the primer coat does make a difference so i'll try both red and grey see how they look on a test piece. Time to get that old kit out and get a nice High Level gearbox in it, it'll soon be thundering around the layout.
  2. Hi Jol, Thanks, firstly, I hope your retina problem is improving, i've missed your contribution on your workbench. The pivot position between the front 2 axles allows you to use horn blocks/guides with a pivoting tube on a fixed rod soldered to the frames with an equalising rod/beam resting on the mid point of the 2 axles. As i've chosen on my model to drive the rear axle so splitting the bogie and drivers i've not been able to go for full blown flexichas compensation with a link beam and equalising beam pivoted between the rear axle and the bogie, the twin beams i have used uses the same pivot point. So i'm not sure what i can alter really and if there's not much interest the drawings will be heading to the depths of the hard drive anyway.
  3. The chassis has been finished it's powered by a 1428 Mashima along with a 45:1 High Level Roadrunner plus gearbox driving the rear axle so should be plenty of power. Most of the detailing is now completed (whistle to add though), so next stop will be the sink and a good clean. A few photos attached with the roof placed in position. I'm pleased with how it looks and as Stephen said earlier in the thread it will look nice with a rake of Ratio suburbans so i guess that's something else for the future to do list. I'd better get down to Halfords to see if i can find a replacement for Rover Damask Red (i think maybe Ford Burgundy red) if not i'll maybe get some made up from a Motor Factors. If anyone is interested in an etch, message me please if you do rather than adding onto the thread, the artwork will need a revision as there were a couple of things that need altering. I'll include as many resin castings as i can (they are not perfect by any means the dome could do with being slightly taller), along with round top and belpaire back heads for the superheated version and the usual drawings, instructions, parts lists, parts drawing etc. Cheers
  4. It was coming together nicely too, there is something quite satisfying about the trials of making a silk purse from a sow's ear, the Midland cab front would have been fun to make though.
  5. A couple of shots when i trial fitted the boiler assembly. Lead added in the side tanks and a little in the bunker so it feels far more substantial now. It fit's, Hallelujah, now onto adding the detailing parts, steps, lamp irons, castings, pipework etc and finishing the chassis off.
  6. I've added the steps, lamp iron and water capacity plate before i fitted the bunker rear, the beading and sloping rear tank top has also been fitted. Tank tops have had the filler and ties added these fit into half etched grooves on the inside of the tank sides. All fitted, i've left the front of the beading slightly raised for now so that i can get the boiler assembly into position, the front has locating tabs. I took the opportunity to add the tank handrails while the access is easy. I'll add lead sheet to the inside of the tanks front and rear before i position the boiler assembly for good.
  7. Thanks Rich, the rocker or compensation beams should move up and down if there are any irregularities with the track so in theory giving better adhesion and also probably more importantly better electrical pickup. The etch is primarily done for myself but as with a few of the last locos i've built i've offered them to anyone that's interested once i've ironed out as many of the problems that i can.
  8. Corrected former, i'd never have noticed it unless it had been pointed out as i'm using the saturated version.
  9. Thanks yes you're right, i've just looked and noticed that i put the wrong former onto the boiler end. Doh.
  10. That's something i'd not thought of, it would be possible, it would take some of the open area at the front of the tanks and behind the center driver away from lead filling though. Although there will probably be plenty of room elsewhere. I'll have a play on Cad with it.
  11. I've made up both boiler assemblies, just to make sure both were ok. They were both made up using the guide holes i added to each of the formers so they would locate accurately, the boiler smokebox and firebox (on the superheated version) are all half etched so they form quite easily. The saturated version smokebox front includes the tank fronts also in one piece, whereas the superheated version the smokebox was enlarged to fit the superheater header and consequently protrudes forward of the tank fronts. This is the saturated version, the 3 small holes are for the tank top stays which will hope fully line up with stays fitted onto the tank tops. I used additional larger diameter formers to make the step between boiler and smokebox. The superheated version has the belpaire firebox, several thicknesses of former at the front allow the edge to be filed to shape. The superheated version fits onto a different cab front, a more typical Derby style one. The side windows have been revised on the etch so they are now semi circular at the top and bottom. I'll add the tank tops next so that the boiler assembly can be trial fitted.
  12. More work on the flat irons distinctive cut outs, this time splashers, reversing rod support and what must be the upper frames. The portion of splasher that is visible is quite small, the tops however do roll easily enough with an exacto knife handle bearing down onto the cutting mat. It's a hot finger job when it comes to soldering them to the splasher fronts. Then comes the tricky part in getting them located under the cut out but flush with what would be the footplate, that spare pair of hands would have come in handy. Once these were all in position, the reversing lever support and upper frames fit between them, again it's a bit tricky to keep it all flat underneath. Once done however the cab was formed at the top edges to follow the front/rear profile, The front tank top beadings and those around the cab opening were also added while access was easy, then both sides were fitted to the footplate and cab front and rear. I've left a little cab beading overhanging i'll trim that back once the handrails are fitted. Tank tops and then the boiler assembly next.
  13. With the tank sides removed, i formed each end of the tank cut out around a 12 diameter bar and fitted so they were flush with the outside. The cab floor and cab splashers were also folded to there required shape, window frames added to both cab front and rear which also needed folding to shape. I'm building the original saturated version so the cab front has circular openings rather than the more usual Derby Midland style 4 oblong windows that the superheated version had. The recesses in the sides are for the tank tops and the bunker bottom/rear tank top. And with all of the cab parts fitted to the footplate.
  14. I've folded up the sandboxes and and fitted these to the frame sides, the solder fills the recess on the sloping edge After this i decided to make up the basic footplate assembly so that i could check the chassis fit for length and the locating screw positions. The valences always need care in fitting and i find it's something to take plenty of time over getting the positioning correct. They are set in from the edge just about 0.5mm. Once they were on the buffer beams are added to make a good solid platform for the rest of the model. And with the chassis underneath all fits and lines up perfectly to my relief. But to be honest that's the beauty of CAD as long as you pull the items from the assembly drawing you work too then it's more difficult to go wrong. I set aside the footplate and made up the coupling rods sweating the 2 sides together, after a very slight ream of the holes to remove the excess solder i checked the fit using axle alignment jigs. Then finally the last job before i can paint the chassis adding the sand pipes and supports. The brake hanger rods i've added too but i'll add the actual brake hangers and blocks after it's painted and the wheels are on as i only want to fit them once. I'll give the chassis a good clean now before priming and top coat. While i wait for less damp conditions i'll get the bodywork prepared next.
  15. I'm as always impressed by the exceptional craftsmanship that goes into your builds. Inspiring.
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