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  1. The model continues to develop. The boiler is now fixed to the footplate and all the lubrication pipes, lubricators and atomiser are done, as is the brake ejector and associated piping - except the steam pipes from the cab. Here's the current state of play. Dave.
  2. Looking very neat indeed, John. Dave.
  3. The boards are aligned using pattern makers dowels (circular items outboard of the wing nut headed bolts) and held together by separate bolts into captive nuts. In the view of the end board, the bolts have been temporarily screwed into the nuts. Normally, they would pass through plain holes in the end of the next board. Dave.
  4. Looking very neat indeed, John. Yes, remembering to add those bits that become hard to access later, is a key concern. I've been caught out a few times with not planning well enough. Dave.
  5. And very nice it is, too. Here are a couple of shots of Peter's goods shed in position on the layout. It's surrounded by the cobbled yard roadway - embossed but not painted in these shots. Might even get round to finishing the layout, eventually. Dave.
  6. Lovely work, as usual, Peter. I'm following progress with the layout - mainly on Western Thunder - and your buildings will certainly enhance to scene. Dave.
  7. Hi Peter. I'm not familiar with the prototype, but that does look to be a wonderful, evocative model. Nice to see you're maintaining standards in these weird times. Hope you're all keeping safe and well. Might try to get some more Delph/Holt buildings done once we can travel again, if you're not too busy. Dave.
  8. Coming along nicely, John, and very neat workmanship. Going back to the "handlebar" discussion, I checked the frames of 2807, at work today, and can confirm that they, and the various "goal post" brackets all have large, flat(ish), 4 feed oil pots mounted to their inner faces - presumably to lubricate the axles box and horn guides. Dave.
  9. Duncan. There's also white and blue - so i suspect the colours help avoid mixing up axleboxes/wheel sets, in due course. I'm sure John will explain the real purpose. I'm intrigued by the little "ape-hanger" handlebars sticking up from the top edge of the frames - or, perhaps, stylised reindeer antlers? Dave.
  10. John, That's the sort of forward planning I admire. Although I do try to do lats of planning, there have been occasions when I've rushed in and then regretted it - like chopping out the horn slots and then wishing I left them in to locate axle centres or, as you have, align the frames for drilling. I commend your more organised approach. Dave.
  11. Progress continues at a slow(ish) pace. Since the last entry, the main visual change has been fitting the boiler (still loose at the moment), which required the removal of quite a lot of resin to pass over the motor and sit down on the splasher tops/footplate. Recently, I've been working on the lubrication system, sand boxes/fillers and some initial boiler fittings. Here's a couple of overall views of the loco in its current state. Dave.
  12. John, On some recent models, I've tried oiling the paper barrier, as you describe - I use cigarette paper - but found the oil must have wicked into the joint and I just couldn't get the solder to take. As a result, I've reverted to using the paper dry but with the part not being soldered chemically blackened. So far, so good. Dave.
  13. And there's me thinking what a wonderful, realistic effect you'd achieved! Wonderful looking model. Dave.
  14. Oh, the Scot...... See you in a couple of years time, then. Dave.
  15. Robin. Despite the pony truck issue, the loco runs well and sound rather impressive. O must say, you really have made good progress with the scenery at the front (inside) of the layout - quite a transformation. Can barely wait till we get out of the lock-down restrictions and get the chance to come and see it all in the flesh, again. Dave.
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