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  1. I like the cranes. Are the gears and shafts for the mechanisms from a kit or are they homemade from plastic rod and tube? How did you make the gears?
  2. The loco was a type used on the East and West Junction Rly and the Swindonand and Marlborough Rly. https://ewjr.org/locomotives-of-the-ewjr/numbers-5-and-6/ Some progress made on the plastic tender, building up the front and designing side frames to cover up the wheels. There is going to be a problem with weight at 51 grams or just 2 ounces its not going to be pulling much. Maybe the frames can be cut from some thick brass sheet I have. To that end before I try to cut metal I've been drawing out patterns in Inkscape a computer drawing application programme, this allows me to be much neater than doing it by hand and trying them out for a good fit. They are printed on some thick paper about twice as heavy as normal grade 80 printer paper. A bit fuzzy but you get the idea. The end piece can have the entramce to the coal bunker cut out when the glue is set. I've been using up some UHU it takes a good 24 hours to go hard and is difficult to apply without a little blobbyness but seems to work.
  3. Cut saw, saw, saw, cut and I've turned a perfectly good Airfix prairie kit into a...? I hope it will become a little Beyer Peacock 2-4-0 tank. Cutting and adjusting the old pieces to the new shape. This sort of captures all the details on the original Airfix pieces especialy the rivets. The boiler is some copper plumber pipe opened out a bit in diameter with an Airfix 0-4-2 14xx smoke box. The cab sides need reducing. Motorised tender. Trying to wrap a City of Truro tender around a Hornby Eurostar power bogie. Using 1 mm plastic-card to finish off the front. A sheet of 1 mm card with a motor and gear-shaped hole cut into it to form a footplate, a paper template was made first and when adjusted to fit it was traced onto the plastic. I'll trim the sides later.
  4. Amy and fireless. My homemade simple cut out and fold Amy chassis still awaits some progress. I've put off by it looking so thin and wobbly. I've been cutting up an old computer expansions card circuit board to fit into the chassis to make it rigid. What was once so expensive is now worthless, unless you can recycle it. The circuit board is strong and proof against soldering iron heat. If you score a groove in any copper tracks and so maybe isolate each half and make a split pick-up chassis. As Amy's chassis is so wonky I tried this brass bogie kit to make a chassis for the fireless loco. A professionally etched chassis makes a much squarer and better device than my homemade efforts. I'll try to fit plasti-card sides to make the right shape, while the strength will come from the brass etching.
  5. Not much progress with the above tank engine, well none really because I've been distracted with other models. In the spirit of Boulton's sidings here is an attempt at making an example of a fireless loco. Prompted by reading an old copy of Model Trains from September 1983 page 297 and then seeing what an internet search came up with has provided more photographic examples. Like this photo of an Andrew Barclay example from the Graces' Guide website, an engineering magazine from the19th century whith articles and advertisment. In those days you could actually order a full size working loco from pictures in a magazine now we can only do the same for small scale models. So in the Boulton Sidings way this is an all-spare-parts loco. Cabs sides from a City of Truro kit and it had to be patched. Roof and spectical plate from a Bachmann Junior or Thomas range. Rear cab, footplate and sand boxes from the Airfix pug kit. Steps and buffer beams from wherever. Cardboard till roll for a boiler. It sits on a balsa wood block chassis with a couple of tiny wagon wheels from an American H0 model. Could it ever be motorised? Oh dear the rear buffers wonky.
  6. The aim is to produce a tiny tank engine in 4 mm scale 00. Based on drawing of the enignes made by Isaac Boulton at his sidings back in steam days. He was a builder, modifier providing small engines for hire or sale for use of small industries and building contracters. In th espirit means I try and use parts from a range of sources and build a bitsa like the originals. I've already made a cardborad test chassis to check it's size matches the foot plate and saddle tank I've used for this build. I hope to motorise it. I've spent the last week hacking some brass about to try to produce the chassis, marking out, cutting out and folding has not produce a very straight item. Each step seems to make it more wonky.
  7. Here is my attempt at producing a copycat picture of the old Model Railway News article. From left to right my RTR American switcher, my version of Amy, another small loco from Boulton's, and aversion of the LMS switcher, a non runner built from an original Airfix kit. Amy will now feature over on ascratch building thread where I will try to motor rise it.
  8. Ah another modeller? Is there a parlimentary model railway club, there must be a big empty celler somewhere in Westminster Palace, big enough for a big roundy roundy ? Perhaps a full length model of HS2 using Hornby Eurostars?
  9. The Spirit Of Boulton's Yard Amy Ertle. Sometimes at toy fairs and model railway exhibitions there are trays of broken toys, many basedon the Thomas the Tank Engine club. They are often broken and chewed but the dicast metal ones survive bestand can form the basis of one of my scale ? models. In small locos where cramming in enough weight is difficult a metal saddle tank moulding like this is very handy but does it match any prototype? Nearly matches many of Boulton's industrial tanks which he and his workers made up from a mixture of scapped reused and new parts. JUst like the photo ? So in the Spirit of Boulton I have been assembling an Amy style tanker. One step on from the carboard Amy that was an exercise in size comparison in an earlier post above. OK,metal cab and cabsides after hacksawing from the Ertle original. Footplate is palstic and from the same toy, the smoke box too, cut down from the longer original. Paper, cardboard and wooden coffee stirers for a temporary chassis just there to hold the wheels apart. Wheels 10mm from some defunt Bachmann USA shunter. In the spirit of Boulton I'll leave the step at the back of the footplate as it is. So next how can I motorise such a little jewel maybe an n-gauge chassis can be wideded to run on 00 track? Are Nigel Lawtons 009 motorised chassis kits still in production. Or will it just be a static model painted rust clour and put behind the engine shed in the scrap siding? What make was the original toy, pre-loved and battered I always refer to them as Ertles although there are other makes.
  10. Please expand I don't get the joke. I was trying to make a quick cardboard mock up to see how the drawing appeared in 3D space. Therefore is the PM making a cardboard government and Brexit arrangement to see how it looks?
  11. The last outing for this experimental lightweight mixed traffic type ended in mechanical failure. These types of lococould have been produced in the early 1960s by the Southern Region. Take a boiler from the recently withdrawn Schools class and the wheels and motion of a Bulleid pacific and cook slowly with an arc welder. The driving wheel splashers have been tydied up before the last test runs today. There was never much enthusiams for this machine ( see above posts ) and when the crank axle broke that was the end and it will quickly be dismantled and its parts canabalised for the next project. The tender and cab side are already earmarked for for another experimental type so this is the end for this loco as the crank axle is unserviceable. Looks like it was merely a two cylinder loco, looks like the between the frames chain drive mechanism has already been takne away.
  12. I think this is a Hornby Dublo querey so I'll show my photos here. Can any one identifie these two chassis? The short one is 1/16 inch brass and appears to have Wren or Hornby wheels. The longer one was I thought a Wren 0-6-0 t chassis fitted with Romford wheels but then now I'm thinking that it is from the Wren or Hornby Doublo 0-6-2 tank?
  13. , Everyones a loco designer! So to answer these critiques I've sent the Bulleid/Schools 4-6-0 back to the works for some minor modifications. Back in 1963 when the Schools class was being scraped ( Wiki ) there could have been a few spare Schools boilers available in good condition. For the Johnster and Ramblin Rich, there is now a Bulleid West Country Cab so to can match the tender better Did anyone notice I had forgotten to re-attached the smoke deflectors because the footplate and buffers where moved forward by 9 " or 3mm in scale terms the deflectors needed to be moved forward as well. The curves of the footplate have been removed so it looks more modern and utilitarian The large headlight will be useful for crossing Dartmoor and the wastes of Bodinmoor after nightfall. A new steam turbo-dynamo must be mounted on the other side. A 4-6-0 with the same boiler as a 4-4-0 must have a smaller axle loading? For axle loading back to Wiki, the weight on a Schools coupled axle and wheels is given as 21ton plus 21t. If the same wight is spread over 3 axles it would be 14t + 14t +14t so a much lighter load and if these are 2 cylinder locos the front ends would be lighter than the Schools 13t + 13t bogie weight.
  14. I claim my enthusiast's points, third from left is half a Cornwall Minerals Railway back to back paired 0-6-0 by Beyer Peacock I think.
  15. Washing machine door or possibly a tumble dryer? Is the other side exactly the same ? What is this some sort of crew cabin?
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