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3 hours ago, berwicksfinest said:

Can I ask a stupid question with the 156 ?

 

What do you do for weight ?? as new underframe components take the place of the weight.

 

 

Nothing as yet. Still going to look at that shortly 

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22 minutes ago, Charlie said:

Hi Eddie, any news as to whether the class 156 under frame bits are available to all yet? Hoping some of it can be adapted for a class 155 too.

Hi, I believe from one of my workmates that the kit is available on eBay. He managed to order one during the week. 

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1 minute ago, Eddie R v2.0 said:

Hi, I believe from one of my workmates that the kit is available on eBay. He managed to order one during the week. 

Ah ok, any idea what the title is? I tried Class 156 and under frame and drew a blank :(

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13 minutes ago, Charlie said:

Ah ok, any idea what the title is? I tried Class 156 and under frame and drew a blank :(


I can vouch for the kit/seller, I too ordered one last week and as Eddie has shown, it looks perfect, though it’ll be a while before I get chance to try.

 

Here's a link to their eBay profile, they currently have ploughs/BSI sets for sale:

 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/midland_valenta
 

I had issues finding the kit too, can’t remember which search eventually returned it but it took a bit of guessing. If you save the seller or check periodically I’m sure more will appear. It was a Facebook post in a model railway group (forget which one) that alerted me to more being available.

 

Thanks,

Jack.

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Some small rolling stock projects also done today. 
 

I’ve finally got round to fitting the headcode discs to the green 20 and blended in the weathering with some very dilute acrylic paint. 
 

Next was new Lanarkshire Model Supplies buffers to one of my brake vans. These are lovely castings and very easy to fit. 
 

I’ve also been testing the signals that I removed from Inverawe prior to disposal. Will need to get new resistors for them before I can sell them. 
 

Finally, I’ve made a start on the blue 26 by epoxying styrene mounting blocks for fitting Kadees to the body. Once dry, I’ll get the Kadees fitted and pipework onto the buffer beam. Finally, it will get snowploughs fitted too. 

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The 26 is well on its way to being complete. I’ve body mounted the Kadees and ploughs, fitted vac and steam heat pipes. Next job will be to move the bogie springs back slightly and a few wee bits of paint needing tweaked. 

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On 12/03/2021 at 18:23, Eddie R v2.0 said:

The 26 is well on its way to being complete. I’ve body mounted the Kadees and ploughs, fitted vac and steam heat pipes. Next job will be to move the bogie springs back slightly and a few wee bits of paint needing tweaked. 

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That 26 looks great, any chance you could post and underneath shot of the plough and kadee arrangement please? I need to do something similar.  
 

Interestingly I’ve recently purchased one of the newer 27’s (5363 as you have sat behind) and NEM Kadees seem to sit at the right height on it - not sure if they’ve modified anything or just not as much droop.

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Here are a couple of pics of how the Kadees are mounted. 
 

First I cut off the NEM pocket from the bogie, then a 2mm piece of styrene is attached to the chassis with Araldite and left to dry over night. Following that, a 1mm thick shim is glued to the previous block and again left to harden. Next, a small section of the bufferbeam is filed back till flush with the mounting block. The Kadee (#146 or #149) is trimmed at the rear carefully for maximum clearance. This is attached with some plastic weld and once dry, a test of the height with the gauge is carried out. If not at the correct height, further shims or some filing will need to be carried out so that the coupling is at the correct height. 
Once this is done, a small hole is drilled and a small self tapping screw used to properly secure the coupling. Important to make sure the screw isn’t too long as it will force the entire mounting block off the chassis. 
 

As for the snowploughs, these are trimmed on the centre section and mounted onto the Kadee before a small slither of plastics used to strengthen the joint. I’ve used the Class 47 style ploughs that were originally designed to fit behind their buffer beams. 
 

 

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2 hours ago, Eddie R v2.0 said:

Here are a couple of pics of how the Kadees are mounted. 
 

First I cut off the NEM pocket from the bogie, then a 2mm piece of styrene is attached to the chassis with Araldite and left to dry over night. Following that, a 1mm thick shim is glued to the previous block and again left to harden. Next, a small section of the bufferbeam is filed back till flush with the mounting block. The Kadee (#146 or #149) is trimmed at the rear carefully for maximum clearance. This is attached with some plastic weld and once dry, a test of the height with the gauge is carried out. If not at the correct height, further shims or some filing will need to be carried out so that the coupling is at the correct height. 
Once this is done, a small hole is drilled and a small self tapping screw used to properly secure the coupling. Important to make sure the screw isn’t too long as it will force the entire mounting block off the chassis. 
 

As for the snowploughs, these are trimmed on the centre section and mounted onto the Kadee before a small slither of plastics used to strengthen the joint. I’ve used the Class 47 style ploughs that were originally designed to fit behind their buffer beams. 
 

 

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Thanks, that’s fantastic.

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I’ve been working on the larger members of my fleet today.....:)

 

First up is the Heljan 37 which now has an identity- 37423. I’ve used Nairnshire Modelling Supplies transfers and a set of etched plates from a supplier on ebay ( forgive me as I can’t remember the sellers name). Also fitted the ploughs and tomorrow I’ll get the rest of the detail parts on. 
 

Next job is to hit the bench (not literally) is the 20. It will become 20138 which was a resident of Fort William for a while in the late 80s. As you may have seen from a question I asked, the ploughs are causing me some issues but I may have a solution. 

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Another few jobs ticked off the steam

fleet list. Decoder fitted to the Ivatt and tested. Lovely wee loco that has been previously weathered by @Mad McCann  

 

Then it was the turn of the Standard 4MT tank. Eventually found out how to get the body off only to discover that it already has a decoder on board! Hey ho, but it’s an hour that I won’t be getting back. 
 


 

Finally, the remaining PTAs have turned up and the extra outers are on their way to their new owner along with a certain class 26 to get weathered. 
 

 

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Bit of a wagon kit update. 
 

Got some more done to the 0 gauge Grampus kit. Work included fitting the buffers, axles and draw hook. Next job will be all the brake gear. 
 

Back in 00 land, I found a Cambrian Catfish that I had forgotten about. It had been started and the body given a coat of primer then left to dry- which is were it must have got “stored”. Anyway, it’s been treated to a coat of olive drab paint and will be getting finished. I’ll be upgrading some of the components to better quality parts too 

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