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Worsdell Forever's LNER F8 2-4-2T Scratchbuild.

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Wow! the solder's really flowing tonight!

 

The cab roof is just about finished, it still needs whistles fitting when I get some.

 

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The base layer is 10thou and the top layer is 4thou from this tin,

it contains 2,3,4,5,10 and 15 thou rolls, wonderful stuff!

 

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After a couple of days off I've fitted the leading/trailing bearings tonight. The spring is a length of phosphor bronze wire soldered round the bearing and then to the frame, it seems to work well but final testing will have to wait till I get the motor and gearbox at S4 North.

 

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I got the wheels from Alan Gibson at York yesterday, the drivers are 5' 8" instead of 5' 7 1/4" for the ex GER E4, so from the same 'family', they have the correct number of spokes and the crankpin is in the right position.

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Neat idea for the springing Paul. Have you drilled the bearing and soldered the wire in?

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Hi Rob,

No drilling, I just bent the end of the wire around the bearing and soldered it on.

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I like to leave one end of the wire loose in a hole or resting on the top ot the bearing, it means the bearing is free to move. If you solder both ends the bearing works on an arc not an up and down movement.

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Hi Peter,

As both ends are fixed I have made the slots quite generous, they only really stop the bearing at the top and bottom.

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I've been doing a bit of work at the back end tonight, I've fitted the coal rails, I was going to build them up from a strip of brass with wire soldered on for the rails but I had a rummage and found some Alexander Models tender rails which I cut down to fit. The lamp irons were made from scrap etch. The drawing I have shows a handrail across the bunker but the few photos that I can find that show the bunker back don't have one.

 

It's since been in the ultrasonic cleaner and is sparkling again!

 

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Made the front upper frames from some scrap etch (always keep this), fitted them and the rear spectacle guards, these are Alexander Models etches.

 

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Not 100% happy with the line of rivets on the frame, it doesn't look as bad as that 'in the flesh'. May replace it though.

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A step - or four - in the right direction...

 

Steps fabricated from 15thou for the backs and 10thou for the treads. The front sandboxes are behind the front ones and I may make something up to represent this later, possibly in plasticard.

 

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Hi Paul,

 

It's coming on a treat.

 

Despite looking at lot's of photo's of the F8 I hadn't noticed the quite prominent off centre top step. looking back through photo's after seeing your representation I am amazed that I hadn't noticed before. Something to bear in mind when I build mine.

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Lovely build, showing how easy it is to scratch build.

 

I might have missed it, but with the frames how did you set up the axles to get the horizontal and vertical alignment right. I have always thought it needed a pillar drill on a milling type bed and am hoping you will say it is easier than that.

 

kind regards

Duncan

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Thanks for the comments.

 

Duncan, the frames were soldered together then drilled and cut to profile, the rods will be made to match the holes. A mill would be very nice but a bit expensive.

 

Boiler bands, cut from 4thou brass, 1mm wide, soldered on and cleaned up. I've also drilled the holes for the handrail knobs on the sides of the boiler, the two on the front of the smokebox still need to be done.

 

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The wheels are now prepared and ready to be fitted when I get the motor and gearbox on Saturday so I thought I would take a photo of where it is up to at the moment, there aren't any drivers on the other side and the boiler is held on with blue tac.

 

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That's looking lovely - looks very North Eastern too!

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Thanks for the comments.

 

I haven't done a great deal to it since the last update but I should be getting started again next week, I've got the motor and gearbox now and there are a few bits to do to the chassis before it and the wheels can be fitted.

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Class F8, the first loco I ever built for "Proffit", the date would be c1976. I can't remember much of the details, but all the fittings, including smokebox door and buffers, were almost certainly home turned. I do recall, I used the same Nick Campling drawing ex "Railway Modeller" as yourself and probably a ref to the "Green Book". 35 years ago, there was nothing else. Today, it would be an hour train ride to the "NRM" and a few hundred "Digi's" of their drawings, time moves on.

I look forward to seeing your completed model. Best Wishes, Mick.

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At last some progress...

 

The frames have been painted and the bearings cleaned out.

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The gearbox has been prepared and is now ready to be fitted.

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Gearbox test fitted into the frames.

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And with the body on to check for clearances, there's plenty of room.

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Next job will be to assemble the chassis and wheels, fit some pick-ups and get it running. I've added a centre frame spacer to add strength and to attach the pick-ups to.

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Hopefully I'll get the drivers fitted tonight and we'll find out. There is quite a lot of side play in the leading and trailing wheels so I'm hoping it should work out ok, it has a longer wheelbase than my Q5 but there is quite a lot more side play.

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