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Author Topic: Dr Al's workbench - clearing the backlog, and adding some Zs  (Read 73355 times)

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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Fowler 2-6-4T
« Reply #615 on: August 27, 2019, 05:23:56 PM »
Lining session one completed last night, with only a few small tidy ups needed, and the front boiler band added. This was about 2 hours work and one complete Fox lining sheet (well, all the outside sharp corners of which there are never enough).

Tonight's task will be giving it an identity and some tidy ups.





Cheers,
Alan
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Fowler 2-6-4T
« Reply #616 on: August 27, 2019, 10:07:58 PM »
Final bits now done, and letting everything set now.

Numbers and crests added, as well as warning flashes, red buffer beams painted.







Also, I replaced the screws on the central wheelsets with hex bolts, and through necessity the crank pin was filed down to increase clearance between it and the tank undersides, as it's.....close! As below:



Final varnishing is the last remaining task.

Cheers,
Alan
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Fowler 2-6-4T
« Reply #617 on: August 28, 2019, 07:44:51 AM »
Very nice indeed, Alan.

On the screen I am using the model in the photographs was about 'S' scale size.

The painting and lining looks terrific, even at that magnification.

Although my personal preference is pre-War, I think the BR lined black livery can look excellent.  It suits some locomotives more than others, of course.  That Fowler 'Class 4' tank is splendid in this livery.

A very fine job.

Best wishes.

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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Fowler 2-6-4T
« Reply #618 on: August 28, 2019, 11:07:57 PM »
Fowler has now been varnished. There are a few final touch ins to do, but it is largely now complete. Needs coaling, dusting and a few minor touch ups.







Cheers,
Alan
« Last Edit: August 29, 2019, 08:44:59 AM by Dr Al »
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Fowler 2-6-4T
« Reply #619 on: August 29, 2019, 10:33:21 AM »
DrAl, your work is inspirational as ever, thanks for  posting.
May I ask a few questions?
1/. What are the reasons for the choice of chassis rather than the kits spec of Black 5
2/. How do you wind the brake hose ribbing; do you wind on a straight ‘hose’ then bend to the squashed inverted U?
3/. Please can you mention the Fox lining sheet number?
4/. How do you drill / fit the vertical handrails at the cab door entry?
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Fowler 2-6-4T
« Reply #620 on: August 29, 2019, 10:43:23 AM »
1/. What are the reasons for the choice of chassis rather than the kits spec of Black 5

A chinese made old B5 chassis would be fine and I've built two with Poole chassis like that in the past. However, to really start getting it to look right you need to significantly modify these to get the bogies sitting in the right place, especially when trying to avoid using the tiny castor wheels as bogie wheels.

I used the Farish 3MT chassis lightly modified here as it has distinct advantages in its wheelbase being pretty close, and having properly spoked wheels, has finer and more relevant valve gear detail, to take the level up a notch. It also keeps the cab completely clear of mechanism.

2/. How do you wind the brake hose ribbing; do you wind on a straight ‘hose’ then bend to the squashed inverted U?

As above in Doc Pye's questions - coiled around a pre-shaped wire pipe.

3/. Please can you mention the Fox lining sheet number?

Don't know the sheet number off the top of my head, but it's just the standard BR mixed traffic lining sheet, newer style without the separate black central line decal.

4/. How do you drill / fit the vertical handrails at the cab door entry?

At an angle with a lot of swearing.....

Cheers,
Alan
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Fowler 2-6-4T
« Reply #621 on: September 02, 2019, 08:31:27 PM »
As a quick spacer project, prior to taking on something intense like the Fowler, I've picked up another Standard 4MT for a little refurbishment job.

This will be a quicky - rebuild with solder construction (only a few parts in this model, so a quick job), clean up and repaint. The front bogie will need re-cited (sitting too far forward, but has nice NGS bogie wheels) and the loco-tender gap will be reduced.

My aim will be to have this one done in less than a week, here is the starting point.



Cheers,
Alan
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Quickie!
« Reply #622 on: September 03, 2019, 07:23:47 PM »
Quickie, part 2.

The great thing about most builders is that they build kits with glue rather than solder, meaning disassembly becomes a case of a dunk in acetone to loosen it all off (and take the paint off), followed by an overall clean. The overscale coal came away too.

This kit has a tiny number of parts - which is why I'd still make it my number 1 recommendation to beginners - chimney, buffers, coupling hook, safety valves, whistle, cab floor, cab pipework and front steps is all, and tender is 2 parts - body and rear ladder. This means assembly can be fast - I've reassembled this one (all soldered) already, and primed it.



I had to make up one of the boiler pipes that was missing in wire.



Next will be painting.

Cheers,
Alan
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Quickie!
« Reply #623 on: September 04, 2019, 09:28:56 AM »
Dr Al, being purely inquisitive; where does this kit loco score relative to the Bachmann Farish Std4?, im guessing this is a Langley kit on a Farish Black 5?
Ive only the one Langley; a Q1 which i rate as very poor casting and poor detail, have I the exception?
As usual i shall watch and learn from your specialist attention to detail.
Kind regards
(Totally unrelated im still hunting for a Cowans breakdown crane kit..)

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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Quickie!
« Reply #624 on: September 04, 2019, 11:36:45 AM »
Dr Al, being purely inquisitive; where does this kit loco score relative to the Bachmann Farish Std4?, im guessing this is a Langley kit on a Farish Black 5?

These are fairly decent castings in my opinion, and can be detailed up as much as you want to bring close to bought models. Look back at my build of @Newportnobby 's model where handrails and superdetailing were added as well as a Chinese chassis and N-brass front bogie, to see how far you can go.

This will not be superdetailed, but done hopefully to a decent standard.

Cheers,
Alan
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Quickie!
« Reply #625 on: September 04, 2019, 07:39:32 PM »
Quickie, part 3

4MT now painted. I used a different budget technique for this to show prospective newbies that you can do without airbrush - this was done simply from a spray can. The result is slightly thicker than an airbrushed finish, but still lovely and smooth, and will give a great surface for lining.



Also, I replaced the drawbar to pull loco and tender together, and adjusted the position of the front bogie. Next up is lining.

Cheers,
Alan
« Last Edit: September 04, 2019, 10:17:41 PM by Dr Al »
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Quickie!
« Reply #626 on: September 05, 2019, 06:46:53 PM »
Quickie part 4.

Lining now done - and it's this that really can make or break a paint job. Fox's lining these days is much improved over how it used to be, with single pass only needed, rather than having multiple layers to make up the various colours.



Final stage will be a varnish sealer coat.

Cheers,
Alan
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Quickie!
« Reply #627 on: September 05, 2019, 08:38:29 PM »
Whoa, that looks absolutely superb.

Bob

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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Quickie!
« Reply #628 on: September 06, 2019, 07:32:21 PM »
Quickie, part 5.

Model now almost complete - varnished in matt, just needs a few minor touch ups and a dust.

I think this shows that with a little effort and a basic kit, you can make a very very useful model, and something unique to you.



This one I will sell on - if anyone's interested let me know.

Cheers,
Alan
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Quickie!
« Reply #629 on: September 06, 2019, 09:07:46 PM »
Very nice indeed, Alan. A worthy addition to anyone's loco stud

 

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