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Hello <img src='http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/public/style_emoticons/default/smile3.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' /><br /><br />I though it would be appropriate that I updated my blog to being all you good folk up to date with what I have been upto recently. The modelling mojo has remained and things are gradually moving forward...<br /><br /><p class='bbc_center'></p><br />The main project recently has been the 14xx. It came about from a bit of desperation to build an engine and all my other 'current' projects floundering because of missing parts, incorrect drawings, etc. The chassis is one of Chris Higgs etched creations (I think it was a test version) and the body came from one of my Dapol 14xx engines I have. I have learnt a few lessons building this including opening out the muffs sightly so the wheels are not a very tight fit, adding 'simpson springs' to name but a couple and I am pleased with how its turned out. The engine runs alright too with its 80(ish):1 gear ratio and still managed to keep the cab clear plus adding the gap under the boiler. All thats remaining to add now are the numberplates (once I get hold of them),couplings, and a good dusting judging by that photo! Im not expecting it to pull a heavy freight or anything but it seems to manage a coach or two without any problems.<br /><br /><p class='bbc_center'></p><br />The next in line is the 56xx which I picked up from Ebay. The origin of it is unknown but its becomming apparent that it could possibly be the langley whitemetal kit. If so, then its very well built. Plans for this include detailing of the body and chassis (similar to the 14xx) and I need to work out what to do with the boiler as it doesnt seem to be sitting right at the moment. I have made a start on it already though by shot blasting the body.<br /><br /><p class='bbc_center'></p><br />This is a favour for a friend. Its a con-cor American steam engine of some description but it was passed onto me as a non-runner. As you can see the whole thing has been pulled apart and cleaned, as normal the gears and bearings were full of dirty grease which judging by the (shocking) wheel bearings / electrical pickup design might explain why it wasnt working.<br /><br />That brings you guys up to date, see you at the Abingdon show or maybe Ally Pally (on Sat)?<br /><br />Missy <img src='http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/public/style_emoticons/default/smile3.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />


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