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Radio Controlled Tipper Lorry, Traction Engine, Mechanical Horse, Steam Crane, Road Vehicle, Gantry Crane, Mobile Crane and Bedford TK Artic

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Thank you Bulleid.

 

The Austin 7 is awaiting a replacement receiver and it's correct battery at the moment. 

 

It required a new chassis- this one was fabricated from brass, but I've drawn it up to CNC it should I ever do another one.

 

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Austin 7 by giles favell, on Flickr

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I thought I might make a few informal videos to help things along, as a visual aid, for anyone that's interested. I hopefully have a book coming out in the not too distant future on such things as converting vehicles, and the like - but these videos may also be of interest if not taken too seriously.

 

 

 

 

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An informal look at the LEDs I use. The teeny ones are T0402 type.

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Hi Giles,

 

Did you source new Bedford transfers from somewhere for that TK tipper or just mask before repainting? Chatting to the lads on The Yard the other day about this since I've put off repainting mine but they haven't done theirs yet either.

 

Edit: Just realised that one's not been repainted (I'd forgotten they brought out a red and cream version after the pale blue) but do you know of transfers anyway?

 

Ian

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I'm afraid I don't know of a source of transfers.... no..... It's a shame, it would certainly make repainting easier! The red and cream is the Meccano livery, and it makes a nice change! I have another, so I'll make the pair to it. 

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1 hour ago, Giles said:

I'm afraid I don't know of a source of transfers.... no..... It's a shame, it would certainly make repainting easier! The red and cream is the Meccano livery, and it makes a nice change! I have another, so I'll make the pair to it. 


I need to get transfers made up for another job I have going on and was contemplating getting the Bedford ones done as part of the other job.

 

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9 hours ago, Greengiant said:


I need to get transfers made up for another job I have going on and was contemplating getting the Bedford ones done as part of the other job.

 

Martin

I would be interested in buying a set if you do get some, I have the red circus covered rigid TK and want to repaint the cab ideally.

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Marvellous! In fairness most cars have little more than half a driver!

 

If I may slightly hijack, clearly you still get the odd one of these around now but how common would they have been in every day use by the late 50s?

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My parents owned an Austin Ruby in the first half of the '60s - though it was not long for the world!

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2 hours ago, Hal Nail said:

Marvellous! In fairness most cars have little more than half a driver!

 

If I may slightly hijack, clearly you still get the odd one of these around now but how common would they have been in every day use by the late 50s?

Quite common up until about 1960 as were Morris 8's and Ford Y's. The big cull of such cars came from the introduction of the MoT in 1959. That also resulted in vast numbers of old cars being abandoned on waste ground or even at the kerb.

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I've wrecked my back, and so I can't do much and I'm on some quite effective painkillers that put me to sleep nicely, so merely an update on the convertion of a nice little model (whilst im sitting down....)

 

Converted very easily to right hand drive, the rear axle is sorted with its bevel gear, and the front axle is also complete and fitted. Servo next when I can.

 

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2019-12-03_06-12-45 by giles favell, on Flickr

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4 hours ago, Giles said:

I've wrecked my back, and so I can't do much and I'm on some quite effective painkillers that put me to sleep nicely, so merely an update on the convertion of a nice little model (whilst im sitting down....)

 

Converted very easily to right hand drive, the rear axle is sorted with its bevel gear, and the front axle is also complete and fitted. Servo next when I can.

 

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2019-12-03_06-12-45 by giles favell, on Flickr

What is the source of the vehicle please?

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I will get some proper railway stuff done sometime.....

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2 hours ago, Giles said:

The usual EBay!

 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=1%3A43+sava+bmc&_sacat=0

 

A worldwide search is recommended to dig these out. The conversion to Right hand drive is very easy - and indeed this whole mod is relatively straightforward. 

 

Thanks, but in some cases the postage is more than the model. I scrolled down and there is a very nice looking Austin J4 van at just a smigen under £25 including postage.

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I know we all tend to get shown different things on the internet - so this is what I am seeing. Most of the models are approx £31 including postage, which I think is a very reasonable price.

Of course the advantage of a pick up is the clear load bed.

 

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Looks as if they're from a partwork. I'm visiting a big swapmeet this Saturday (Brentwood) and I'll keep an eye out for one, and the J4 van.

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27 minutes ago, PhilJ W said:

Looks as if they're from a partwork. I'm visiting a big swapmeet this Saturday (Brentwood) and I'll keep an eye out for one, and the J4 van.

I think the BMC is quite recent so unlikely to be available any cheaper at the moment but you never know. I picked up a J4 on eBay a while back for much less than £25 - not sure why they have shot up. Edit: still available on eBay for £16.50.

 

Often pays to buy a couple as postage is usually still the same and you can then always sell one on, especially when they dont show up on uk only listings!

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Here's info on building the front axles. When drawing up an axle kit, the stub axles are included as acrylic components - but since I can CNC them, I make brass ones for my own models.

 

 

 

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I was sorely tempted by an FG but went for an IXO Bedford TK in the end, I still couldn't get one for less than £21 plus £10 postage but the way I saw it is it is 4 times bigger than an EFE 4mm version so on that basis only cost me the equivalent of £7 on a like for like basis which when you look at it that way is not so bad...

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