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I managed to get a couple of 3mm etched kits (M7 and class Z 0-8-0) and the material used is unbelievable.  The M7 body material is 0.13mm (some parts were 0.26mm) thick. A lot is half etched giving the thinner material so the beading is 0.26 leaving the rest at 0.13 and its chassis 0.26mm as well. It is ridiculous using such thin material for various reasons, weight, distortion when soldering, difficult to file edges without distortion, very easily bent by accident when handling, chassis in my opinion just useless.

 

Garry

ps no painting for a while as no paint in house so had to order some which may get posted out next Monday or Tuesday.

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Here is the M7 and Z class locos as they are at the minute.  

 

Those valances on the Z class are a nightmare, although looking at the model normally it is not as bad as the photo, so small and so thin two pieces laminated. The saddle was far too small to hold and assemble so I made one from a solid piece of brass filing a recess for the smokebox. The "tissue paper" boiler did bend when drilling but thankfully most has been remedied. Still needs more cleaning and the cab steps will be fitted when I sort out how to strengthen the side sheets before taking off the parts in the doorways, material at 0.13 is very easily bent/distorted. I did once say I would not touch another of these kits but I am a mug, hopefully never again. The castings again are just placed in situ with blue tack for the smokebox door. Hopefully all its short comings will be hidden under some paint.

 

The M7 footplate was etched where the cab floorboards are BUT the etching has gone all the way across so these are seen on the outside, yet another issue. The castings and handrail are not fixed as yet and more cleaning required. The steps are all coming off as far too thin, one has already broken off. When I draw a chassis up I will add some stronger steps to it. Cannot believe someone once said "a nice kit for a beginner".  

 

I am not an expert but definitely not a beginner. 

 

Garry

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Made a couple of mock up chassis's to test the motors fitting into the bodies and I think I have sorted them now. A bit more cutting was required, more on the M7, but was easily done. I did have to modify the motor as well for the M7 though.

 

For some reason I cannot upload the M7 photos, not even in a new post which are well under the 10mb limit, will try later.

 

Garry

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The Bo-Bo Warship is coming along and I am close to thinking of small Yellow panels as this loco looks like it suits them but the yellow shape is not like the others unfortunately. It is difficult to tell if they are straight on the top or slightly curved. I also need to sort out some buffers too, this may get 00 ones.  The windows will not be cut out, just painted black.

 

Garry

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5 minutes ago, BernardTPM said:

A more or less front-on view here. It pretty much comes to an angle right under the top lamp bracket.

Thanks Bernard, it does look as if the edges are very slightly curved to the Apex but I guess in 3mm straight ones may suffice. At 100 mph who will notice? 

 

Garry 

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Morning Garry,

 

Regarding the Warship windows, rather than painting them black you could try 'colouring' them in with a HB pencil which gives a nice sheen effect and is simple to do, I've used this method on a couple of Zvesda lorry kits.

 

Regards,

Ian.

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Thanks Ian, I will have to give that a go, a long time ago a couple of people said they had done that on the old Dublo tinprinted coaches where the silver windows had started to "disappear". 

 

Garry 

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Had 3 DMU sets delivered today and one set was destined for the stripping bath. Before delivery that was on the cards though as I knew what they were like.  Surprisingly all 3 went in the bath at the same time and was agitated yet all 3 had different amounts stripped of the roofs. All 3 are now primed and awaiting a paint job. Until I see what car paint is available in the shop I have no idea yet which colour scheme it will be. 

 

Garry 

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Also delivered today were 3 Britannias and the first one I started to clean up happened to have a smoke unit fitted. This is in pretty good condition and I don't like smoke units so it may be on Ebay soon as opposed to just disconnecting/removing it lol. 

 

Garry 

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Yet another reason why I do not use Neo magnets. I found this yesterday with the plating on the ends cracking and peeling. This has never been in a loco as I had discovered the issues with these before fitting it so it has just been used as a paper weight. 

 

There is nothing wrong with old Tri-ang magnets, they are still very reliable after all these years, I know the one here is for the Dublo 1/2" motor but I wont be buying any TT ones. 

 

Garry 

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