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  1. A distraction from the loco, This time a Tri-ang chop. This Tri-ang van, R 11/14 matches very closely the diagram in the http://www.lnwrs.org.uk website. So I've swap the wheels for more modern ones and used the PECO plastic wheel bearing in the original axle holes. This van had lost its roof so a new one was made from plasticard with a lower profile to match the diagram. The ends where filed down to a lower arc so there are about 2mm lower at the top. Next thing to do is to add brake gear and couplings.
  2. Try a graphic artists suppliers shop, a craft shop or a big stationers like Smiths or Rymans?
  3. Yes Hesperus, the front axle can be moved to the second axle slot in the chassis nearer the rear gear driven wheel. I've found if I steal the couple rods from my Nellie loco they fit OK but it has shown that the wheels are not quartered properly so some work to do there pulling a wheel off and replacing it at the correct position. If I can get the chassis running it will encourage me to finish the body. 34theletterbetweenB&D I can't remember exactly what I did to swap the large schools wheels for the smaller 9F one. I used a puller to take them off, I think I used the 9F wheels with there original 9F axles. More to come.
  4. What was the Wheel base and wheel size on these tanks? Where they not tank versions of the 2-6-0s. Find an old Mainline or Bachmann 2-6-0 chassis? Easier option but not so accurate is to use one of the current Hornby or Bachmann 0-6-0 chassis, the Hornby chassis is available separately. Behind those cylinders and under those tanks the small wheel size is not so obvious. Hornby option definitely the most likely of success.
  5. A pumps a pump I guess what ever it's orientation. On American loco's they had pumps, cylinders, feed water heaters, cooler radiators, clack valves, injectors all over the place. The most Steampunkary locos on home railways where the Joseph Beattie 2-4-0s with a miniature steam engine and flywheel mounted on the footplate to drive the feed water heater apparatus. W Worth a Google?
  6. A Westinghouse air pump and reservoir cylinder for the brakes, and being Steam Punk they could use it to charge the pressure on the Steam Punk style pneumatic dart guns, for defence. I'm sure that in the Steam Punk world pneumatics and hydraulics were mature technologies, they were in the similar Victorian era. Fittings from Markits Picture from Youtube Picture from Wikipedia on the Isle of Wight O2 class. Lots of plumbing, if you want even more pipes and stuff do a search on United States steamers.
  7. Sidetracked by yet another unfinished project. Fixing up this old metal Hornby-Dublo mobile crane. I've added some gubbins of cable drums and cog mechanism to the empty space in the top of the rotating cabin part but left the toy hand winding gear alone so the crane can still be set up and posed for pictures lifting stuff and not just be a model to be towed around as an emergency train forever looking for an accident to attend. I'm aiming for a toy to model ratio of about 30% toy to 70% model. Trouble is how do I keep the winding handles and get them cut down enough so they are within the loading gauge but still can be used to wind up the crane hook and jib. Here we see the Great Northern engine , courtesy of new 1980s plastic Hornby. It is vainly trying to get the old metal Hornby crane through the tunnel something seems to be stopping it ?
  8. So who made this accesory? A wooden cylindrical tank. 4mm or 00 I assume. I picked it up at a swapmeet, no one there knew what it was meant to be a model of. When I saw it I thought it would make a good small round tank for a nineteenth century tanker. I could not scratch build that sort of detail of the end caps. Perhaps mount it on a wagon chassis frame with some heavy timber supports and bingo a tar tank or hemp seed oil carrier for a linoleum factory? Here It is resting on an old metal Hornby one plank wagon modernised with Bachmann couplings and wheels. The tank shape is made of wood, see the grain and the ends are white metal castings. Does it jog a memory? It is 65 mm long and 16 mm in diameter.
  9. Hi Compound My experience with coffee cup lids indicates to me they are standard styrene the same stuff as plasti-card and solvent glues work. I have also used paper and aluminium foil for making wagon strapping and overlays as both are good at taking pressed in detail, but need super-glue for attachment. Paper is good for large overlays where there are loads of rivets like these for a cardboard D shaped tank. Because you can print out plans directly onto it.
  10. Card board "Wigan coal and iron" wagons wait for strapping detail and there own peculiar brake arrangements. Also Scottish type wagons.
  11. As this thread is about finishing half done projects, these orange coaches are back. Another Thomas coach set. Are they big enough, are they 4mm or 3.5 mm scale? I found a drawing of some six wheeler and the ends match the profile. So 4mm-ish but still seem a little small next to the Ratio 4 wheelers for instance. Stuck some strips of micro-strip on the ends where I had filed the faces flat. Noses and eyes gone. I know to be a modeller you have to be bonkers but faces on coaches? They will be talking to you next! Oh wait they do these days, have you been on a modern train, bus or car they all talk to you nowadays, telling you where they’re stopping next and please don't forget to take all your luggage with you. Hate to think what they gossip about in the sidings and bus depots across the land, what do they say if you leave a half eaten packet of crisps behind? These two coaches can be a branch line set that the little blue engine will have to pull around as fast as he can so no one notices the windows are only painted on
  12. So progress so far on the 2-4-0 tank. Grey = Ratio footplate sides from there old Midland 2-4-0, I have half a kit. Green and black = the original Airfix Prairie tank kit, seeing the rounded front edges of the tanks triggered this kit mod for me. They seemed to indicate the round edges of the Beyer Peacock made prototype. Black = chassis from a Hornby Schools 4-4-0, a loco way to big and modern for me, I fitted Hornby 9F wheels which are 20mm across and share the same spline fixing system as the larger Schools wheels, so a swap was done and I also moved the rear axle to the forward slot for a shorter wheel base, this chassis is adaptable to go under several of the different Hornby models. I've not yet found matching coupling rods so have not tested the chassis and so will all my wheel swapping let it run smoothly or jam? The front pony truck is just a temporary plastic place holder from the Airfix Prairie, Ideally metal wheels with pick-ups would be best, what can be hidden behind those outside axle boxes? At what stage is it easier just to build new bits out of plasticard sheet? The cab sides are from multiple cuttings of the original Airfix, the openings are sort of about right but a are new front and back needed, here being marked out and cut on white 20 thou- 0.5 mm styrene sheet my favourite thickness.
  13. Here's the slow bit I don't enjoy so much, best done with a distraction like a DVD running not necessarily music could be a film. Adding the surface detail on the white cattle wagon with detail going on in red, there is some white stapping there but difficult to see. Here the red styrene, namely a take away coffee cup lid a readily avaliable source of thin polystyrene. Strapping detail, rivets made by pressing a needle point into the soft red stuff then carefully cutting rectangles or strips to glue on. It does not bear too close a inspection but for my fuzzy vision and impressionistic models it's fine. Side one of 4 nealy done.
  14. Just an open wagon, this one is to commemorate the Ayr Valley Railway, a narrow gauge layout featured in a series in the late 1960s to 70s in the Railway Modeller, can anyone provide the exact date? It was a point to point layout starting and ending in termini and there was a branch. Lots of scratch building and it came with a history. This model is made from a Cambrian Kits 5 planker with round ends. The letters could be a bit bigger for easier reading, the R was a P with the tail made with a spec of another transfer letter as I had run out of Rs.
  15. Building a chassis for the roofless cattle wagon in the above post. I always seem to have trouble with any sort of chassis, so here is a wheeze to get around it. Work on it as a separate sub-chassis the fix it to the wagon when it is rolling well. Two lengths of 1mm x 4mm plasticard strip, in this case built up out of 0.5 mm pieces because I had run out of 1 mm strip. The white metal W-irons, already fitted with their brass top hat bearings super-glued on, as carefully as possible to get the spacing the same on each side. When all the glue has set they are glued to a couple of strips f 0.5 the same length and about 10 mm wide. Then using the wheels and axles as guides they will be attached in parallel with a couple of small cross pieces of card so they can easily be pulled apart it goes wonky, which often happens. This picture was taken with the low resolution option on the camera, an option for taking smaller pictures for reports, like an RMweb report? Gives a very grainy result.
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