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Author Topic: Hailstone's Workbench  (Read 8042 times)

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Offline Hailstone

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Re: Hailstone's Workbench
« Reply #90 on: January 24, 2018, 10:27:39 pm »
Not a great amount of progress made on the County at the moment, due to a slight mistake in the measurement department. I had finally managed to make the 8f boiler and Castle cab/running plate to fit together reasonably well, so I decided to try them on the Jubilee chassis - disaster! the body shell was too short by 2-3mm what had I done wrong? the answer came after I shrank the drawing from the Russell book of Great Western engines. the boiler/ smokebox was the right length and profile, but the firebox is 2-3 mm too short and the front splashers are too far forward, so more filing and grinding will be necessary to get the correct look and to think on how best to construct new splashers, but at least the cab is the correct size.
the front of the footplate was also a little too long so I cut the front buffer beam off and am filing it back until it matches the drawing. even though all this will take some time, I am reasonably confident now that it will turn out reasonably well, look better than the only available kit and is unlikely to suffer the fate that my upgraded Farish Halls and my 28xx suffered, that is, as soon as I completed them Dapol announced a ready to run one!
the moral to this tale is: get the drawing out first!!

Ah well back to the filing!

Alex


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Re: Hailstone's Workbench
« Reply #91 on: January 25, 2018, 02:44:18 pm »
Go Alex, it would probably have looked fine after a few pints.   :D :D

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Re: Hailstone's Workbench
« Reply #92 on: January 25, 2018, 04:25:29 pm »
Go Alex, it would probably have looked fine after a few pints.   :D :D

Jerry

All things considered, maybe assess progress after a few pints of Ruddles COUNTY would be the best bet.

Joking aside, I love to see people creating something from this and that...modelling in my opinion.

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Re: Hailstone's Workbench
« Reply #93 on: January 25, 2018, 06:52:47 pm »
Ruddles hasn't been the same since it moved from Rutland

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Re: Hailstone's Workbench
« Reply #94 on: May 05, 2018, 12:18:10 am »
Having been stung into action by Jerry Howlett's accusations of heading for the dark side (Triang TT) , I got out the round-to-it box and after 4 years 1370 finally emerges from the works on its way to the paint shop.



And long awaited replacement lower quadrant signals to control the up line into Trewoon reach primer stage.



Time to start another kit I think!

Regards,

Alex

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Re: Hailstone's Workbench
« Reply #95 on: May 14, 2018, 02:44:16 am »
And the next kit is.. an ex GW 53xx, 5322 to be exact. I have had the kit for some time, but had stalled a bit after building the Trojans and 6619, but having finished construction of 1370 I decided to start another while I was still enthusiastic about building!
this is my first attempt at soldering white metal and having got several pieces stuck together, I decided that the firebox was sitting at too much an angle, so I put it aside while I finished the junction signal as a means of light relief



having got that out of the way, I bit the bullet, and took the 53xx to bits again, and cleaned up and re-soldered the body assembly back together, and it looked a bit better



I was then away for a couple of days, and when I returned today, I started to fit the chassis to the body, the modification to the Prarie chassis is quite easy, I took it completeley apart before sawing off 2mm from the back and cutting a new slot to engage in the body. I then reassembled the chassis and tweaked it until I was satisfied with the way it ran. the next job was to try the body on and note where it was tight on the chassis, then remove the body and carefully carve away metal from the inside of the body to enable the chassis to fit.
once this was done, I tried running the loco, but nothing happened! a swift post mortem discovered that additional clearance was required so that the driving wheels did not short out on the body, once this had been done, a trial run up and down the fiddle yard proved to be a success.

 

the next step will be to fit the rest of the body parts and drill for the handrails.

Regards,

Alex

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Re: Hailstone's Workbench
« Reply #96 on: May 14, 2018, 10:29:03 am »
That's quite a gap over the centre splasher, Alex :hmmm:

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Re: Hailstone's Workbench
« Reply #97 on: May 14, 2018, 12:17:20 pm »
That's quite a gap over the centre splasher, Alex :hmmm:


Yes Mick, it is a feature of the P & D Marsh G W loco body kits as they all have to accomodate the Graham farish chassis. I did not take away very much from the boiler casting at all, but it wil look different once I have blackened the worm and painted the loco. at present the unpainted body is a bit stark against the black chassis. if you look at at the picture below of the 28xx that I built, you will see that there is ann even bigger bit of boiler missing and you can even see the armature and the pole piece of the motor showing, but again that is how the kit was designed.



hopefully, once I have finished and painted 5322 she will look as good as that.

Regards,

Alex
« Last Edit: May 14, 2018, 12:20:28 pm by Hailstone »

 

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