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Before starting the next big job (7mm ROD 2-8-0) I did a bit more work on 40936, the tender etch produced some interest at Warley but as I said before I only have one of these.

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Parts for the tender set out here, I didn't etch any frame spacers for this so the inner frames have been assembled on screwed spacers in the axle holes. Two of my "universal" spacers bolted under the footplate which is half etched underneath to leave locations for the steps and outside frames, buffer beam and drag beam also fitted in half etches. This is .015" n/s, half etch leaves the visible edge just about scale thickness. A few space fillers on this etch, BR aws bang plates and buffer extension pads - also the loco smokebox wrapper which I had forgotten was there when O made one to fit on the loco....

 

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Inner frames soldered to the spacers, next under the footplate the steps are soldered in place. Buffers are Slater's, fitted on pads.

 

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All steps and one frame fitted, the outer frames are cut out to clear the buffer tails and 12BA nuts but this doesn't show behind the step plates when finished. Cross wires for brakes soldered in and the guard irons bent outwards, final shape later. That's all on this for now, main job this afternoon.

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Really good to meet you on Sunday Michael, it's always good to put a face to a name.:good_mini:

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11 hours ago, Blandford1969 said:

That tender is seriously nice, I will just have to hope one day you do some more.

That's the easy bit, the half etched sides (something I don't usually do) with a curve at the top will be more "interesting". This is the first Midland style tender I've etched, scratchbuilding technique would have been to add the flat beading from thin strip to full thickness sides.

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Thanks for the quartering lesson.

 

I think I MAY have to replace a couple of wheels but to get it to run would be worthwhile.

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Next 7mm job underway now

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This is our GC 4000 gal. tender scaled up to 7mm and etched in.022" n/s. Everything seems to fit, this is for an ROD loco.

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Hello Mike,

 

That is looking good. Will it be a full 7mm kit with castings? If so, I may need one or two.

 

I will just mention a couple of things that are fairly easy to alter if you feel it may be required.

 

The upper steps on GCR tenders have the angle bracket attaching them to the step plate under the step rather than above it. Presumably so they can be made with a 90 degree angle onto the straight lower section of the step plate. I have not seen one with the angle above the step but maybe there were variations I am not aware of.

 

Also, the front dragbox plate between the loco and tender is, as far as I can tell, tapered towards the bottom to match the angle of the step plate. I am not sure if they were all like that but most were. The ROD tenders on 63601 and on Morayshire certainly are.

 

If you have seen some with vertical edges and the angle above the step, I would be interested to know where you found them.

 

Regards

 

Tony

 

 

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We're not thinking of selling this as a kit, there's a perfectly good Gladiator kit already available - I just did it this way with a one-off etch to see how well it worked.

Yes. I've got the top steps upside down and you're right about the drag beam - all will be altered this week.

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