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« Reply #2450 on: April 19, 2019, 09:24:56 pm »

Could not resist. I drilled the other side as well.
Thosw two holes went in well.
Only about 1/10th mm offset on one, and no offset on the other.
No filing required.
Will assemble tomorrow.

PS: WOW! Page 99!!
*puts on another few shovels of coal*
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« Reply #2451 on: April 19, 2019, 09:44:52 pm »

Page 99.  We'll be needing to start a new thread soon. 
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« Reply #2452 on: April 19, 2019, 10:34:18 pm »

Page 99.  We'll be needing to start a new thread soon. 

I shall leave that to your good self Mr Harrison.....
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« Reply #2453 on: April 20, 2019, 11:24:07 am »

Page 99.  We'll be needing to start a new thread soon. 

I shall leave that to your good self Mr Harrison.....

Happy to oblige, when the time comes!

This morning these little things of beauty arrived. 



1960s/ 1970s vintage push-fit veteran motor car kits.  They are really quite astonishingly tiny, no scale on the box but generally given online as varying between roughly 1:76 and 1:90, so quite useful if, like me, you're building a layout in the pre-mid 1920s period, for which road transport models are few (very few) and far (very, very far) between.  It's pretty generally limited to WWI vehicles- early flatbeds and staff cars- and such kits as are available are aimed at military modellers and so tend to be 1) expensive and 2) perhaps too detailed and intricate for my purposes.   
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« Reply #2454 on: April 20, 2019, 06:18:08 pm »

Well, cast whitemetal lamps went up.  Cast whitemetal station nameboards, with individually applied plastic letters, went up. 

Ummm,  I think we're finished here chaps and chapesses.

Actually- no....









Brilliant, it can be used as planned!
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« Reply #2455 on: April 20, 2019, 09:43:00 pm »

Very nice....
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« Reply #2456 on: April 20, 2019, 10:19:35 pm »

@James:
Did your permanent way gang attend to the barrow crossing yet?

The station looks great with all the matching details.
I can only guess how many hours went into that.

All tail lamps are in place on the Taigatrommel.
Two were slightly off and had to be adjusted  using "gentle persuasion (tm)" with a small hammer to get straight.
Tomorrow I will paint them (and also touch up the areas damaged by welding heat) and solder the new LEDs in.

Running day planned for next Saturday.
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« Reply #2457 on: April 20, 2019, 10:46:36 pm »

The barrow crossing is still on the to-do list, but the problem is more deciding how to fix it. The problem is that it has been designed for use with a different rail section, so it either needs some more filing down or outright replacement. It's only really a small job and doesn't stop it being used as a photo plank.
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« Reply #2458 on: April 21, 2019, 02:03:02 am »

Very nice indeed, James! They must have all just come out of the washing shed, they are so sparkly clean! Although the washers were human in those days, methinks!
Which engine is on the station building end?
And I think your little kit cars will fit in very nicely.
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« Reply #2459 on: April 21, 2019, 11:10:18 am »

The engine on the other train is my 4-4-2 tank. 



I'm already finding with this that it's difficult to get the wheels on the track if there's a train on the other line, also that some of the couplings need work in terms of heights...
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« Reply #2460 on: April 21, 2019, 10:06:12 pm »

GAH!

Never trust them....

Painted the Lamps on the Taigatrommel today. Decided to touch up any scratch I could find.
As John told me he painted it with RAL 3005 (Weinrot) I believed him.
Opened the can, went to work.
Took ages to touch up all minor scratches.
Went to look a few hours later......Not the right shade of red, too dark.

Will have to do that again.
But first I must find out which shade of red he used.
GAH!
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« Reply #2461 on: April 22, 2019, 09:18:51 am »

GAH Again.
Painted two pieces of scrap metal with RAL 3002 and 3003 (cans from the shelf). Karminrot and Rubinrot.
Neither of the two matches.

So it might be RAL 3004 Purpurrot.
Have to wait until tomorrow to buy a can.
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« Reply #2462 on: April 22, 2019, 11:45:09 am »

That's got to be really frustrating.  No chance that it's a mix of two shades, or an old can, or the makeup of the paint and pigment having changed?
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« Reply #2463 on: April 22, 2019, 12:17:13 pm »

Found another can. RAL 3004. Almost perfect match.
This will do.
When finished the whole loco will be re-painted anyway.
The prototype locos had visible touch-ups and some were faded to a bright orange so no problem there.

I have no idea what "Llanelli loco works" used for that coat of paint.
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« Reply #2464 on: April 22, 2019, 01:09:53 pm »

The beginnings of what I'm calling 'the London train'. 



This is going to be a rake of more esoteric or unusual mainline stock, as you might expect to find on a long distance express train. 

Back to front so far I have an open third, a luggage composite (first and third class compartments and a luggage compartment) and a full brake, half built.  The full brake and the luggage composite are two that I bought last week as warped bodies.  Having done a bit of investigative work on them my supposition is that the bodysides wrre insufficiently braced to begin with and warped along the length in plan.  Once built into a body, and secured only along the top edge, the warp in plan transferred into a warp in elevation along the length, hence the banana shape. 

The luggage composite is roughly finished but still needs a bit of work to repair a crack in roof.  The full brake has so far only been put on wheels and had the body braced. 

To follow once these two are finished are the third and final of the rescued bodies- a brake third- and a restaurant car of my own construction.  This set of five then becomes my version of a real train- Mansfield had a direct train to Marylebone that ran once a day in each direction and consisted of a dining car set. 
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« Reply #2465 on: April 23, 2019, 09:39:19 pm »

Cast some more lead today.
12 sets of ventilation frames.
3 x 6 cm
3 flaps each.
Now I need to file them down to proper thickness.
Might take a while.....
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« Reply #2466 on: April 24, 2019, 09:05:16 am »

This is the setup:


Pattern mostly wood with some alu strips inside to form the "steps".
Just filled it, waiting to cool down.


Flaps after cooling.
The top step needs to be filed to an angle.
A general clean-up is also necessary.
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« Reply #2467 on: April 24, 2019, 07:51:33 pm »

Custom, home made castings!  Marvellous. 
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« Reply #2468 on: April 25, 2019, 07:39:39 am »

Cleaned them up with the file and brought the topstep to proper shape using the angle grinder.
What a mess.....
Need to clean the workshop.
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« Reply #2469 on: April 26, 2019, 08:33:07 pm »

Work planned for this weekend;

1. Complete the full brake (complete roof painting, paint the solebars, varnish). 
2. New barrow crossing on Cremorne & Pittance. 
3. Paint the edges of Cremorne & Pittance. 
4. Start work on the last of the rescued carriages (the brake third).
5. Start those Replicar kits.
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« Reply #2470 on: April 27, 2019, 12:05:17 pm »

First fruits of the weekend...

Both the luggage composite and the full brake are finished now.







You might also notice that work has started on the brake third.  The bowing on this one is, I think, so slight that to break the model up and try to take it out would not result in a measureable improvement, so this one will just get new running gear, an interior and a repaint.

The allure of the Replicars also proved irresistible.



This is the 1913 Morris Bullnose Oxford.  It came moulded in a bright blue colour throughout so I gave it a bit of a repaint in acrylics and, as the designer intended, push-fit it together.  For a 1960s (?) kit it's remarkably well-thought-out, I think.  It measures up as a wheelbase of 32mm by 16mm track and an overall height of 20mm.  I thought this was perhaps too small- these kits are, after all, to 'fit-in-the-darn-box' scale- but recourse to Wikipedia this morning suggests that if anything the kit is slightly larger than 4mm scale. 
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« Reply #2471 on: April 27, 2019, 08:21:27 pm »

Just remembered I haven't uploaded a minor project I've been working on, namely improving these PO wagons.


Obviously there wasn't a lot wrong with them, but as I got them as a birthday present from my parents about 20something years ago (most of which they've spent sat in the box of the train set I got for the previous christmas) I thought they were a nice opportunity to try out some techniques and try and make them a little bit more 'mine'.

The first step was to distress the owner's names (which may not be exactly prototypical, but I have little time for rivet counters so what the hell?) and then I added a load to each one. The crassmoor wagon has been given a load of coal over a polstyrene block to pad out the wagon bed a little bit...


And the other 4 plank wagon has received a little bit more attention..

As well as a load of painted cork chips (another one for the rivet counters to have a fit over) its' had a coat of weathering ink applied to the main body so it at least looks like it's actually been somewhere near a working quarry.
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« Reply #2472 on: April 27, 2019, 10:03:48 pm »

Nicely done.  I do have a thing for wagons (you may have noticed)...

Today's tasks have been to build a new barrow crossing and paint the edges Cremorne & Pittance.  I now need to find another project I can labour over for 8 months or so.  The worrying thing is, I've bought some embossed plastic sheet and window kits today with an idea of gathering materials for a loco depot.  A loco depot which, currently, there is no room for. 
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« Reply #2473 on: April 28, 2019, 11:49:11 am »

Battle Scars......

Reminder:
Never under any circumstances let an engineer test your tank.
Never remove the wedge from under the accelerator pedal.

Had a running day yesterday.
Got interrupted by a sudden burst of hail and heavy rain.
That came without warning.

I let a fellow electrical engineer test the railcar.
He did a few laps without problems, testing the systems as he went.
Told him several times not to give more than half speed....

After a while I saw the railcar enter the uphill curve, run on two wheels, tip over, plow into the grass with the front right corner and buffer, turn furthe over the turret and come to a rest on the left side.

Turret fell off (it only sits on top guided by ball bearings).
Damage:
nothing really.
Just a bent bracket holding the wire junction (bent back with a pair of pliers) and a stripped screw. Thread was still functioning but I replaced it anyway. A shovel, one hammer and a pickaxe fell off the top and one of the brackets broke. The bracket was quickly soldered back together and the tools put back in place.

Pays off to have the bodyshell consisting of 3mm thick steel...
The almost 40kg left quite a mark in the grass.
The front corner created a furrow of almost 15cm length and 5cm depth.

Needs a good clean:













Guess someone will have to clean it using a toothbrush (literally, not a scale one).
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« Reply #2474 on: April 28, 2019, 03:20:46 pm »

Looks like it has had a run over a battlefield!
I dunno, a scale toothbrush would keep you occupied for a while!! Grin
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