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On 21/03/2021 at 19:23, MrSimon said:

Hello everybody! 

Today I did probably the scariest thing I’ve had to do so far I. 2mm... I cut the crank pins to length and soldered on a washer that stops the coupling rod falling off:

 

 

I think this was scary because I’ve got the chassis running quite well and I didn’t want to ruin it.  
 

 

I used two layers of tin foil - one to stop the rod soldering to the bottom of the crank pin/the wheel, and the second layer between the rod and the washer.  Once the washer was soldered on I filed it flat.

 

And it still worked!  
 

 

 

 

Now it’s just cosmetic work on the chassis - I need to build a new brake block after losing one, but once I’ve worked out where to attach the wires everything else is painting :) 

 

Just the body left to finish now... lots to do!

Simon

Hi Simon,

 

The saddle tank chassis is coming along nicely. I think you've got it running pretty smoothly, especially for an 0-6-0T in 2mm scale. Hopefully you've cleaned your track and the driving wheels to ensure the best possible pick-up. It can be hard enough anyway getting 2mm scale locos running sweetly without making life more difficult with dirty track or wheels. I look forward to seeing further progress on this.

 

Nigel Hunt

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Thanks Nigel,

 

I think that might be with unclean track and wheels!  It went together really well (I think the only issue I face was that I put the spacer too close to the brake rod and got a short - easily sorted!) - I’ll be in touch about some more kits :D

 

Hello everybody!

 

It’s been a year since my first lockdown Saturday afternoon on the floor video, here’s an anniversary special:

 

I’d planned on running more trains but found I’d included some too tight corners and spent ages wondering why the ore tipplers wouldn’t stay coupled.


I’m trying loctite on the class 60, let’s see what happens there...

 

Lots to do! 
Simon

 

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Owning up to not cleaning the track...
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Hello everybody!

 

Managed to skive off a little over lunch and finish off a pair of wagons that have been staring at me so long I dusted them twice...

 

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LNER wagon and a Southern 9’ which I stuck a highbar on, which I modelled bent (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it).  Two fitted opens to go in mixed/pickup goods...

 

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I’m slightly more pleased with this one (these were taken before I added chalk markings) - not sure if it will ever make it back to the Manchester Ship Canal, but I couldn’t read the wording on the transfer sheet until it was on the wagon...

 

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In other news Loctite didn’t do anything for this, but a good blob of liquid glaze did.  My other TPM 60 needs the same cure so I might try Easytrac Glue on it.  I think I also need to revisit the weathering on this, it’s never really recovered from being varnish the first time (but I’m keen to avoid a third repaint)

 

Lots to do!

Simon

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Hello everybody!

 

Just a few bits done, all things that look quite small but took forever... first up two long afternoons work on the L&Y tank 

 

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My first bit of scratchbuilding for it, new coal rails.  Unfortunately I made them from what I had instead of what I needed so they’re a bit chunky (if I need to make some for an LNER tank I know exactly what to use!  Here are the bits of rod soldered together after I’d started to clean it up

 

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Comparison between the one I made and the one that came with the kit. This is also my first ever soldered on lamp iron.

 

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After this I glued it on.  Next on the back I need to do the cab handrails, the rest of the lamp irons and some rivet detail.  Buffers will wait for now.

 

The next day I started work on the tank. I shortened it slightly and opened out the hole at the front so it now sits properly, then I filled the random gap and fitted the tank filler cap and safety valves... then I replaced the rivet detail that came ready moulded on:

 

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After I saw this pic I straightened up the lines.  The trouble I had was none of the pictures of the prototype matched the rivets on the kit.  
 

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Finally I sprayed it black to seal the rivet transfers on (they didn’t stick too well to the totally flat matt primer I used, no surprise there!)

 

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Today I finished off a wagon underframe (one I’d messed up last time I started wagons) and built two new ones - they’ll give me plenty of small jobs to do over the next few weeks and keep my brain going...

 

Lots to do!

 

Simon

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On 29/03/2021 at 16:56, MrSimon said:

 

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I’m slightly more pleased with this one (these were taken before I added chalk markings) - not sure if it will ever make it back to the Manchester Ship Canal, but I couldn’t read the wording on the transfer sheet until it was on the wagon...

 

Lots to do!

Simon

 

Very nice paintwork/weathering Simon, although I have to confess that I read the lettering on that wagon the first time as "empty into Manchester Ship Canal"...

 

Andy

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Some good work in 2FS here, Simon. I expect you're glad that we now supply 3D printed axleboxes and springs!

 

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Thanks David!

 

A year ago definitely - the last few builds I think I’ve got the hang of it after Justin told me his foolproof method (with a little more practice needed) - printed ones are definitely better than the white metal (I’ve exploded one on a chassis when I soldered something else too closely to it!).

 

 I think pre-formed brake levers would be my ideal, they’re always hit and miss...

 

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Two opens now on their chassis, with buffers.  I’ve just primed them.

 

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I varnished and weathered this during breaks on Tuesday.  Just couplings to go...

 

Plenty to keep me busy!

Simon

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Hello everybody!

 

Plenty done in the last few weeks, bodies built and finished for all the chassis’s above and I temporarily broke the 4F...

 

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The LNER chassis I build looked too short for a standard van kit, so like many pages ago I shortened an old Farish one.  I’m not planning on doing loads of these but a little (possibly imaginary) variation won’t hurt.  This was after the body was glued together but before I filled the massive cracks and sanded off the logos.

 

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Here is is finished (right) with a 10’ chassis under the body is built.

 

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Slight disaster, I accidentally soldered the con rod onto the crank pin, then I caught the step with the soldering iron.  I said all the words and put it in its box for sulking.


Luckily for me Bachman had a spare chassis casing so I just need to transfer the brass chassis, power, etc over to the new one, but not until I’m done with the soldering iron!!

 

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The LNER open was painted LNER grey, I saw a picture with diagonal strips pointing towards the end door so copied it.  Here it is masked up so I could dab on the white line with a cotton bud...
 

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...and here it is finished.  I’m not sure how accurate it is but I’m pleased with how it’s turned out.

 

Lots to do!

Simon

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Hello everybody,

 

Hope you all had a good bank holiday weekend? Here’s what I got upto waiting for my local to reopen :D

 

Firstly, I had a delivery of Cambridge Custom transfers so was able to get two wagons finished:

 

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It’s my first time using transfers like that before - they’re very fine but you need to trim the carrier film really close to the wording!  
 

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Next, this has been on my desk to fix for a while, it had 2mm wheels fitted and I’ve started painting planks out.  We’ll see how lived in this ends up looking...

 

Thirdly over the weekend I built up three chassis and a van body:

 

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Nothing I haven’t made before, but the banana van came out much neater this time!

 

Finally over the weekend I started fitting details onto the L&Y tank - rivets, handrails and lamp irons on the back end:

 

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I can’t tell if I’ve made the lamp irons too big... I usually shape a staple but they often look a little small!  (The black satin is just to stick the rivets down, it’s not a top coat or anything) 

 

Do you think I need to try again with the lamp irons?

 

Lots to do!

Simon

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8 hours ago, MrSimon said:

Hello everybody,

 

Hope you all had a good bank holiday weekend? Here’s what I got upto waiting for my local to reopen :D

 

Firstly, I had a delivery of Cambridge Custom transfers so was able to get two wagons finished:

 

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It’s my first time using transfers like that before - they’re very fine but you need to trim the carrier film really close to the wording!  
 

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Next, this has been on my desk to fix for a while, it had 2mm wheels fitted and I’ve started painting planks out.  We’ll see how lived in this ends up looking...

 

Thirdly over the weekend I built up three chassis and a van body:

 

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Nothing I haven’t made before, but the banana van came out much neater this time!

 

Finally over the weekend I started fitting details onto the L&Y tank - rivets, handrails and lamp irons on the back end:

 

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I can’t tell if I’ve made the lamp irons too big... I usually shape a staple but they often look a little small!  (The black satin is just to stick the rivets down, it’s not a top coat or anything) 

 

Do you think I need to try again with the lamp irons?

 

Lots to do!

Simon

 

Depends on whether you want anyone to see them....

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Hello everybody,

 

Some bits started and some finished in the last few weeks while I put off working on the 060s smokebox...

 

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First, I’m not sure if I showed it widely, I built a tandem turnout, after some discussion and further reading I decided that moving one of the frogs slightly would free up some space at the blades end to work better.  I Sharpied the rails that would have to move and after a bit more staring I replaced three sleepers with longer ones... we’ll see how this turns out!

 

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On Saturday I made my first pair of 2mm freight bogies, I think they’ll pass muster if the rest of the wagon is good enough!  
 

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I even took some time out my work day to prime them and the two other chassis I made at the weekend.  
 

A few weeks/months ago I made a kit for a PO wagon, then realised it probably wouldn’t have been painted a nice uniform grey by the period I’m modelling... so it went on the shelf while I did some thinking.

 

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With a combination of acrylics for the lettering and some painted out planks I free-hand painted this.  
 

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Weathered and with BR number transfers it’s turned out quite well, I’m happy with these (but don’t want too many!)

 

Lots to do!

Simon

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Hello everybody!

 

I forced myself to have a transfers session first thing on Monday morning:

 

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The plate is now ready for weathering and final finishing. The banana needs some steam & brake pipes adding and the bauxide touching up - there are some gaps visible!

 

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More steam pipes on the other banana van and then weathering - I want this one to be more heavily weathered than the BR brown one.  The 8 plank open needs the white line adding and then it can be lightly weathered.

 

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Also over the weekend I built a wagon to go on the bogies I built last week; it’s a Parkwood/NGS BOPLATE.  I took the moulded brake detail off and used parts from a NGS bogie bolster kit.  The buffers are some 2mm ones from my desk (which probably aren’t right for the wagon). Since taking this picture I fitted couplings and primed it.

 

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Yesterday I had to put my desk away so the plumber can do some stuff, so I brought the 108 to programme and test on Dad’s layout (it wouldn’t stay coupled round the off-scene corners), but it ran and should be running at the Farnham show in October.  I had one bit of great news as I was tidying the desk - I found the brake shoe that came off the L&Y 060 a few months back, so now I can fit this next time I have the soldering iron out :)

 

(and the layout shown around the class 108 will be at the NGS international exhibition in Potters Bar on 31 July)

 

Lots to do!

Simon

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Hello everybody,

 

I got a few things finished this evening:

 

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2 x LMS banana vans - these aren’t strictly finished, I need to fit brake and steam pipes

 

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Weathered and finished the LNER 8 plank wagon

 

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Unfitted plate.  I really aught to make a brake van… and some track!

 

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I spent quite a while painting the deck of the BOPLATE this morning.  It just needs weathering down to blend it all together.  I need to paint the bogies and do the transfers then this’ll be another for my plate train.

 

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I bought this back from Dad’s, it’s already had a quick refurb and once I find my bit of paper with the numbers on I’ll number it.

 

Lots to do!

Simon

 

 

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