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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Patriot
« Reply #390 on: January 08, 2019, 10:02:25 PM »
Managed to do more on the tender and cab - tender now mostly complete - rails added, and chassis added including jacking it up about 1mm to get the ride height better. Not sure why these BHE tenders ride so low.







Next will be lamp irons at front end, coupling hooks, vac pipes, modifying the front bogie to remove the stoneguards and fitting them to body instead, and a couple of minor details to the tender.

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Alan
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Patriot
« Reply #391 on: January 09, 2019, 09:22:24 AM »
It's looking like another stunner is soon to emerge but, and I hate to ask this, is there meant to be a small gap at the right of the centre splasher?

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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Patriot
« Reply #392 on: January 09, 2019, 09:29:19 AM »
It's looking like another stunner is soon to emerge but, and I hate to ask this, is there meant to be a small gap at the right of the centre splasher?

Yes, well spotted. This is a fix that needs done - reseating the boiler to correct position left a gap there. I'll either solder-fill it, or overlay some thin brass.

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Alan
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Patriot
« Reply #393 on: January 12, 2019, 02:50:15 PM »
Continuing clicking off projects that were unfinished, here is a fast one, and one that's a perfect example of a starter project for those wanting to try more than just RTR out the box.

It's the simplest renumbering/identity change there is. The back story is that this was meant to have been renumbered 2 years ago to "Spitfire". Order placed with Modelmaster, and plates never ever received. Appauling service.

By contrast I finally gave up, and ordered plates from Fox Transfers, whose range is rapidly expanding. What a wonderful contrast - excellent product, excellent efficient polite service. So glad the NGS had dumped Modelmaster.

The exercise was to rename a Farish new tool Castle. This is a perfect starter task, as you need not remove anything from the loco - no removal of old numbers of names. It's simply a case of cutting the new numberplates and names from the etch and gluing them on top of the existing numbers - these give the guide of placement too. A finishing touch is to put decals over the front numberplate to renumber it - Fox also do these, but a starter could simply overpaint the original numbers if decalling is a challenge.

Fox didn't have Spitfire, so instead, this is now 7007 "Great Western". This also comes with a GW crest decal for the middle splasher.





A nice starter 1 hour project - and you'll be left with a unique model.

Cheers,
Alan
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Patriot
« Reply #394 on: January 12, 2019, 03:51:39 PM »
Nice Job sir!!

I cannot rate Fox highly enough. Local company to me but usually in my letterbox within 48hrs. Stock levels are immense and the n gauge range has grown rapidly in the last few years.

Currently renumbering our Bulleids, presumably the farish numbers are the wrong size, Fox by comparison look fantastic

Usual brilliant work Alan  :claphappy:

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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Patriot
« Reply #395 on: January 12, 2019, 04:49:25 PM »
I cannot rate Fox highly enough. Local company to me but usually in my letterbox within 48hrs. Stock levels are immense and the n gauge range has grown rapidly in the last few years.

Agreed. Even when issues occur, they sort them out swiftly and efficiently, and politely (I recall they once sent in incorrect sheet and a 14mL tin of paint rather than the 50ml I'd ordered - it was a case of no problem - keep the things we sent and we'll send out the correct ones in addition - that's customer service).

Currently renumbering our Bulleids, presumably the farish numbers are the wrong size, Fox by comparison look fantastic

Older Farish yes - Bachmann ones should be correct though. It's why I always remove all the numbers, not just individual digits, as factory and decals never ever match making the renumber stand out.

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Alan
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Patriot
« Reply #396 on: January 13, 2019, 06:49:46 PM »
Tender now completed on the Patriot. Final details fitted - with the high fire iron rails and the rear vacuum pipe. This will be off for primer soon.





At the front end new stoneguards fitted and the equivalents have been removed from the bogie. I've also moved the bogie back by ~1/2mm by adjusting the drawbar holes - it now sits in correct location and a bonus it now clears the front steps better.



Cheers,
Alan
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If Dr Al is online he may be able to provide a more comprehensive answer.

“We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.” – Dr. Carl Sagan

 

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