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  1. David, The crank axle components are made but I haven't built up the courage to try silver soldering them together, yet. Loose assembly is seen here: The wheels are Alan Gibson. I've had the front face of the rim skimmed to give scale width and also the front face of the boss has been machined to give scale stand-out from the rim (and shortened axles, of course). Hopefully, these mods will give a bit more clearance for valve gear and inside the splashers. I might still move the latter out a bit, just to be sure. Dave.
  2. Having run out of steam getting the Black 5 chassis painted and not sure how to proceed with the Ivatt tank, I thought I might do some planning (scheming) and some preliminary work on a future project - a Brassmasters Re-built Royal Scot. To add interest and a bit of a challenge, I decided to fit the model with working inside valve gear. The kit provides most of the prototypical frame stretchers but makes no provision for the inside cylinder or valve gear. My representation is not going to be exactly to scale but should be a fair representation using as many spare etched and other parts from various kits and left-overs, modified to represent the Scot parts as near as practicable. Here are a few photos showing progress to date. Frame plate marked out for inside cylinder Inside cylinder laid roughly in position. Inside cylinder with front section of valve gear in position. Rear portion of valve gear, temporarily inserted into the mounting bracket, which will be attached to the rear face of the (kit) motion plate. Connecting rod fixed to the cross head and located in the cylinder. Again, front portion of valve gear attached. Dave.
  3. Dave Holt

    Nearly there.

    Thanks for the comments. I'm sure David will do a good job of painting, lining and, crucially, weathering. Dave.
  4. Dave Holt

    Nearly there.

    After contemplating sprung intermediate buffer, due to practical considerations, an executive decision was made - fixed W/M buffers! The tender is now complete and has temporarily been connected to the loco. The latter has had some fine strips added to the rear edge of the fall plates, to bridge the gap to the tender. Still got to fit locating pins to the loco number and shed plates but, otherwise, I think it's finished ready for painting. Here is the finished loco, face to face with a later class mate. Dave.
  5. Another very nice looking loco to join your stud, John. Look forward to seeing it weathered. Dave.
  6. Robin, You must have put the bits back on to good effect - it's running very nicely. An enthusiasts special or football supporters train, perhaps? Dave.
  7. All looking very nice, David. You've got the Bradwell chassis B1 running very smoothly and with good track holding. It's a very complicated chassis though a well designed and produced kit. You must be rightly very pleased with the resultant model. I've got one to do sometime. I wonder if it will run as well as yours? Dave.
  8. The tender has now acquired four sets of steps and all the springs and axleboxes and is beginning to look the part. Intermediate buffers and hoses still to do. Buffer heads will be fitted after painting. Dave.
  9. Very nicely done, Robin. Looks as if you will need to add quite a bit of random debris on the roof. Also, one minor point. I see from the first photo that the structure was actually built with a Jubilee behind it, not a Black Five. I'm sue you'll be able to fix that before final installation. Dave.
  10. Not much progress, but the loco and tender are now connected. The loco and tender kits are from different periods of design and manufacture and the adjustable draw bar supplied with the loco is far too long for the later tender. The fault really lies with the tender because the draw bar pivot is far too close to the buffer beam whereas the earlier tenders were about scale in this respect. The more recent tender is not easily modified to correct this aspect, so the only solution was to make a hybrid draw bar using the etched bar at the loco end and a new part, incorporating a formed eye, made from 0.8 mm brass wire at the tender end. It took a couple of goes soldering the two pieces together to get just the right pivot centre distance so that the rubbing blocks touch but allow the required movement between loco and tender. Although the gap between loco and tender is almost scale, the fall plates on the loco do not land on the front platform on the tender, so some further work is required on this aspect. Dave.
  11. Dave Holt

    Brief up-date

    Thanks for the comments. The Ivatt chassis is quite old, despite it still not being finished, and the coupling rods are simply as Comet etched them. Many of my earlier models have the rods split at the centre crank pin and work satisfactorily even though it's an inferior design compared with working knuckle joints. The two half rods sit on a short crank pin bush and are retained by the connecting rod and return crank. Dave.
  12. Dave Holt

    Brief up-date

    I see it's been over a year since my last posting on here. To be honest, I find the constant pop up adverts which now appear a constant irritant, so am less inclined to participate. Anyway, I have made some limited modelling progress during the gap. Nothing on the layout, but work has been done on locos. We left the Ivatt tank at the stage of making the injectors. This and all other work on the chassis is now complete. It is currently stripped to its component parts, ready to be painted. I left it like this in anticipation of demonstrating at this years Scalefour North which, inevitably, never took place due to the corona virus. No progress has been made on the body. I was pondering whether to cut out and replace the boiler with a spare cast white metal DJH and decided to re-start another loco whilst I made up my mind. Well, it's still not made up and the other model is now well on the way to completion! This latest project is a Brassmasters Stanier Black 5 - 45232, of Newton Heath. The basic frames had been assembled years ago but had not been wheeled. It has now reached the stage of the loco being complete, except cab glazing and fixing the cab roof, both of which have to be done after painting. The tender is also well advanced but not yet finished. Dave.
  13. A wonderful scene, John. Mind, I'm a great admirer of your 9F, so that might be a biased opinion. I imagine that your layout could be viewed to advantage sitting down, so that the embankment is above eye level, as it would be in real life. Dave.
  14. Robin. Yet another lovely running loco by conversion from an R_T_R base. Mmm, I really wonder why I'm bothering with kit construction when they invariably run worse than your conversions. It's the joy of overcoming the challenges, I suppose, but it does make one wonder. Dave.
  15. John. Coming along very nicely. The addition of the buildings and canopies will make a tremendous difference to the look and feel of the station area. They'll also make judging the precise stopping point over the uncoupling magnets rather interesting. Dave.
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