Author Topic: The Brassgoggles Model Making Club (the second non-SP model making thread).  (Read 50592 times)

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Gauge 1 tracks are hard to get if you want a bigger radius than 8.

Finally bought enough tracks to get a full circle of radius 16.
took a bit of cleaning, bending, replacing missing parts.
Now the old EE64 (introduced earlier) can pull a long train without falling over in the tight curves:






Runs well at 40Volts AC (insulation transformer) and takes about 1 amp.
(these locos were constructed to run directly from the mains [up to 230 Volts] with just a lightbulb as resistor in series. This has been forbidden in 1925)
This loco was made between 1919 and 1925.


Here comes a short video:
https://youtu.be/4MRfoDg945M
If brute force does not work....you´re not using enough of it.

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Oh, nice, Bullet!

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Work continues on the Taigatrommel.
Roof access hatches have received hinges. Some roof sections have received lifting eyes.
It is incredible how these small bits (once painted) make a huge difference.
Still did not have time for the sanding gear dummies.

BTW: Where is everyone? It´s been quite silent here lately.

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Work continues on the Taigatrommel.
Roof access hatches have received hinges. Some roof sections have received lifting eyes.
It is incredible how these small bits (once painted) make a huge difference.
Still did not have time for the sanding gear dummies.

BTW: Where is everyone? It´s been quite silent here lately.

Well, I believe Mr Harrison has been preoccupied with domestic arrangements which have been taking up most of his time. I'm very much aware I've not been doing much modelling, but I do have some plans afoot/in progress. I suppose I should give myself a bit of a kick to do some more work.
I made a note in my diary on the way over here. Simply says; "Bugger!"

"DON'T THINK OF IT AS DYING, JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH."

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Vale, Hednesford no.1 Shop. Ave, Stafford Running Shed. At present work is getting underway with the 1:1 scale element of Red Lion Square. The 1:76 bit is, I'm afraid, packed away for the foreseeable future.
Persons intending to travel by open carriage should select a seat with their backs to the engine, by which means they will avoid the ashes emitted therefrom, that in travelling generally, but particularly through the tunnels, prove a great annoyance; the carriage farthest from the engine will in consequence be found the most desirable.

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1:1....hmmmm
My largest locos are 1:11.3
does your 1:1 project feature a loco shed?

;-)

BTW stationroadsteam sell a beautiful 5" gauge Problem class loco.
Would love to have it but storage space is getting a bit of a PROBLEM......

https://www.stationroadsteam.com/5-inch-gauge-lnwr-problem-class-lady-of-the-lake-2-2-2-stock-code-9059/

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That's a Proper Engine.  A shame none were saved, but err luckily we do have Columbine of 1845 and Cornwall of 1847, and Hardwicke of 1892.  The gap in the middle is (slowly) being filled by a working replica of a Bloomer 2-2-2 of the 1850s (no.670) and a non-working replica of the same class as it would have appeared in the 1870s (no.1009).

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Today I made the patterns for the driver desk.
The cab rear walls are installes (including handbrake wheel and two fire-extinguishers each).
Sand hoses and pipes are fitted.
Windscreen wipers made and installed.

Now the big one has left the workshop.

Next one in is the 216 in order to receive the trim strips around the engine room doors and vents and the stripe of grey paint.
Might take a while as some bits are fiddly.

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Finally, some pictures:

Roof: lifting eyes installed, hatches have received hinges.


Bogies: dummy air lines and sand hoses installed.


Front: Windscreen wipers installed.


Cabs: rear walls installed, handbrake wheel and fire extinguishers installed.
Patterns made for driving desks.


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Swallow is back from the overhaul.

Started as a small repair to the crosshead pump.
Then the whistle pipe (too small in diameter) was replaced, then...

This loco does not have a steam dome by design, only a fake one mad e of GFK.
Taking all steam from the manifold causes her to take water when going uphill with more than half glass.
So the decision was taken to open the boiler and fit a proper dome.
The sidetanks were rotting inside.
No idea what kind of metal that is and how it had been protected.
A friend came up with the idea to fit inner tanks made of stainless steel.
I liked the idea and asked who could make this. He made a set. Problem solved.
The loco only had a crosshead pump and hand pump.
The hand pump was situated in the lift side tank.
As it was almost inaccessible, it was moved to the cab.
At this stage I decided that she would also have a steam pump.
(sitting at the smokebox, being dressed to look like a Westinghouse air pump)
A new driving rod for the ratchet oiler was made and about two bucketfuls of clatter removed from the motion.
A new whistle (hidden inside a dummy air reservoir) has been fitted as the old one mostly hissed.

Waiting for the temperature outside to rise to give her a test run.


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Good weather today, so the swallow had a test run.

As soon as a bit of pressure was up (less than 10 psi, the needle did not even move) there was water everywhere.
The gauge glass, some fittings, clacks, everywhere.
so out came the spanner and everything was tightened up.
This is my least favourite task to tighten the nuts on the gauge glass. I did not break it this time...
Steam pump works ok.
Loco requires a little runnign in. The first laps I got stuck on the uphill curve with 50 psi on the clock and just me on the driving truck.
After a few laps I could get up there without stopping with 20 psi.
New drive for the ratchet oiler works.
Just some minor adjustment needed.
Back to the workshop.

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Grave Golem, Reaper Bones.


She's far better in person - Raven, from Knight Model's Batman miniatures game.
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Those look interesting.

Although if anyone's interested, my SP model rail thread has been updated and some stuff has been happening over there, with my latest kit bashes and things.

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Whisper it (very, very quietly) but something might happen this weekend.  Another delivery of numberplates has arrived.

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Had another test run with the Swallow. New grate with bigger spacing works.
Still some teething troubles (small leaks, inefficient blower,...)

Then the Taigatrommel came out for a few laps.

In daylight the added details look even better than in the workshop.

Still working on the drivers desks.

Here she comes, better step aside...


Closeup of the bogies


The roof


Front shot


Side view



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Had another test run with the Swallow. New grate with bigger spacing works.
Still some teething troubles (small leaks, inefficient blower,...)

Then the Taigatrommel came out for a few laps.

In daylight the added details look even better than in the workshop.

Still working on the drivers desks.

Here she comes, better step aside...


Closeup of the bogies


The roof


Front shot


Side view




Excellent job. Beautiful locomotive. That's an incredible amount of detail.

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If only in a very, very limited sense, Stafford no.1 Shop is officially inaugurated. 

City of Lincoln here is seen undergoing a repaint into pre-August 1922 Great Central black livery. 

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Great to see you back in the shop.

I spent a few less enjoyable hours in my 5" gauge singal box.

I wanted to "just swap the old 12V 3AMP power supply for a 12V 20 Amp one".
Just quickly,.....forget it
There was a herd of gremlins in it.
Assembled, tested, one point did not move.
Found broken wire, located its designated spot, re-soldered it, put everything back into the case, back into the building.
Another point did not move
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repeat

Now everything is working again but tomorrow I will have another try to get it back into the box without breaking anything (IP66 box)
and then back into the bottom half of the building.

This is a real brickwork signal box. Internal only accessible via the hinged roof.
Enough for today.

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Signalling is one of those areas that looks absolutely fascinating.  At full size.  (Well, I was inspired to chuck money at a group restoring a 1940s 'box in the middle of nowhere until their website crashed recently).  Modelling it though?  It looks painful.  You can, apparently, buy working kits for interlocking gear in 4mm scale but to be honest I feel life's too short...

Signalling is one of those areas where it's all fun and games whilst it works but the second it breaks boy do you know about it.   

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My system is quite simple.
I have no signals as then you could not move any trains....
Driving is strictly on sight.
What would you expect from a "mainline" (oval) of just 57m?

The thing my system does is set the points.
You push one button and the complete route is set.

There are many buttons all round the track.

Inside the interlocking building there is a diode matrix, one bi-stable relay for each point and "a bit" of power circuitry to drive the points.
Important festure: as soon as the point leaves its position the point indicator is switched off.
It will be switched on only if the point has reached the opposite position.
Like in real life a "dead" point indicator means stop and look at it.

No real magic inside. I showed and explained this in the TURNOUT (GL5 magazine).

I do not want to bore you with schematics but if anyone is interested, just let me know.

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It certainly sounds a bit more complex than my planned bicycle brake cable arrangement.





Lining out has started, my usual method of paint pens and ruler, and as usual limiting myself to just the bits that will be visible from 3' away.


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got rid of the gremlins today (not without another fight).

Ran class 55 today.
Great to have the big D-coupled (for those on the island: 0-8-0) tender loco roll along the back straight and then open up after entering the gradient.
The sound, the steam and the flying sparks from the chimney (burned a hole in my t-shirt) make the loco seem alive.
Had a great time.
The blowdoen valce needs the good old vonegar treatment.
This will be done tomorrow.....

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A few months ago I found a 1/700 kit for another WWI dreadnought; HMS Agincourt.  Now, I didn't buy it because it was a waterline model and all of mine I insist have to be full hull (ie- complete hull, rudders and screws). 

Erm.  Well.  Somebody's tooled up an aftermarket hull bottom kit. 

Long story short I'll be the owner of a 7-turret 12" dreadnought sometime this summer.

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Well, thanks to this damnable plauge I've found myself spending some time with the 'rents and as such found myself going through my recently neglected kit pile stash, and found a white metal kit I acquired shortly before moving out and so never really looked at, and so I've lined it up as my next project to stave off further insanity.

The kit in question is a BR Standard Class 5, which I intend to finish as no. 70386 The Green Knight (not because I happen to have any fondness for the loco in question, but because I happen to have a set of name plates for 70386)

Which will be interesting as this is the first time I'll be looking to model a named loco, rather than just building the kit and slapping on an appropriate number.

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City of Lincoln has now regained her boilerbands, so the last few bits to sort out run to:#

- refitting name and numberplates;
- Great Central lettering insignia;
- Final varnishing.

Right, and then future plans....

I've got three other 4-6-0s that need repainting or other various repairs so I'm toying with the idea of getting through those.  Then back to the remaining goods locos (as I've now got the numberplates for the other 0-6-0 goods engines).  And then after those I'll look at some green engines.  Firstly, I have my doubts my jury-lashed-together atlantic will work, but happily since then I've bought another example complete with chassis, so I'll repaint that one in GCR green and that one will become King Edward VII instead.  Then I've got the two resin Director models that- I'm really not happy any more with the tenders and cabsheets.  So they'll get a repaint.  At the same time there's a third director- a whitemetal one this time- which will likewise be repainted and given new plates as Earl of Kerry (giving me three examples of a class of ten).  

I think that's plenty enough to be getting on with for the moment/ rest of the year.  No new construction but rather getting what I've already got to a stage I'm happy with.  

So; my loco stud by the end of the year:

  One of these (not 2020 construction)

One of these (not 2020 construction)

One of these (not 2020 construction)

Two of these (not 2020 construction)

Four of these (two 2020 construction)

One of these (current project)

Two of these (2020 constriction)

One of these (2020 construction)

One of these (2020 construction)

*Not shown*- various tank engines (2-6-4, 4-6-2, 0-6-2, 0-6-0, 0-6-4, 4-4-2 and 2-4-2 wheel arrangements).

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