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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Lockdown projects
« Reply #765 on: April 10, 2020, 01:07:55 PM »
A clever and neat conversion, Alan. By heck, but that line of rivets down the centre of the cabside doesn't help the locos good looks :-\

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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Lockdown projects
« Reply #766 on: April 11, 2020, 03:18:12 PM »
but that line of rivets down the centre of the cabside doesn't help the locos good looks :-\

Looking again, you have a point. I'll be looking into that....

Meanwhile, more projects have been gathered to push on. The first is the standard 4MT that was almost completed a few posts back. This has been sitting for some time just needing two final front handrails fitted. These have now been done and primer coat applied.



Minor cleanup awaits, and then paint for what will definitely be the last of these for my fleet.

The other project unearthed was another Fowler 2-6-4T. After building a superdetailed on of these (current NGS journal), I have no intention of going to that depth on another, but did have an amassed number of parts and a complete built shell. This has been cleaned up, put on a chassis and painted black, to make a useful layout loco ultimately once lined out (I'll sell it).



Lockdown tally of new projects complete: 1
New lockdown projects started: 1
Existing projects progressing under lockdown: 2

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Alan
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Lockdown projects
« Reply #767 on: April 11, 2020, 03:40:54 PM »
Going back a bit, was the Ivatt mogul completed ? And even further back a Lickey Banker was talked about,did anything ever come of it ?

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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Lockdown projects
« Reply #768 on: April 11, 2020, 06:37:43 PM »
Great stuff Alan, nice to see projects progressing again.

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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Lockdown projects
« Reply #769 on: April 11, 2020, 11:34:38 PM »
but that line of rivets down the centre of the cabside doesn't help the locos good looks :-\

Coming back to this, and looking at photos, it's clear this line of rivets pointed out was actually a feature of the Jubilee, rather than the Patriot. So good spot, and backing up, I've removed them. Another round of numbering will be needed, but it's worth correcting this.



Also, further work has been done on the 4P to push that forward, with the lining and numbering:



Finally, I cracked open the bag on a kit I got in a bag of various recently. This is one I've done before - in fact, on of my very first loco builds, so I've always liked them. It's a Nu-Cast J26/J27. I'll aim to finish it as a J27. No parts are missing, despite rattling around for god knows how long in with a load of other kit parts.



The old favourite, a Farish 94xx chassis is needed, parts being donated from a scrap pannier, and Bachmann Farish tender wheels.



Quick progress was pushed on on the tender.



Lockdown tally of new projects complete: 1 (Black 5)
New lockdown projects started: 2 (Rebuilt Patriot, J27)
Existing projects progressing under lockdown: 2 (4MT, Fowler 4P)

Cheers,
Alan
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Lockdown projects
« Reply #770 on: April 11, 2020, 11:35:24 PM »
Going back a bit, was the Ivatt mogul completed ? And even further back a Lickey Banker was talked about,did anything ever come of it ?

Not yet on either of these, but not forgotten!

Cheers,
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Lockdown projects
« Reply #771 on: April 12, 2020, 10:15:20 AM »
but that line of rivets down the centre of the cabside doesn't help the locos good looks :-\

Coming back to this, and looking at photos, it's clear this line of rivets pointed out was actually a feature of the Jubilee, rather than the Patriot. So good spot, and backing up, I've removed them.

Certainly not any knowledge on my part, Alan. More aesthetics than anything else as it looked like a double line which, on checking my Farish Jubilees, it is. Glad it's helped though.

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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Lockdown projects
« Reply #772 on: April 12, 2020, 11:44:09 AM »
Once you have a little experience with a kit, and with whitemetal soldering, progress can be made rapidly, with no waiting time for glue to dry and the likes.

So the tender of the J27 is already assembled, and first pass of tacking together the handrails.



The ends all were filled with low melt, and the tender coal rails filled and then cleaned out with a razor saw. A little more tidy up needed here.

Loco boiler was in bad shape - really not great condition casting, so needed a lot of filing to remove seam lines, and filling in one particular depression. Once that was done the body flew together to make the bare bones of the model.



The boiler bands are a little non straight, and they represent the locos as built; and later days (certainly BR days) the positioning was different, so these will almost certainly be removed and replaced. Buffers will need replacement, as they are slightly short shots, so are missing the edges of their rims.

Lockdown tally of new projects complete: 1 (Black 5)
New lockdown projects started: 2 (Rebuilt Patriot, J27)
Existing projects progressing under lockdown: 2 (4MT, Fowler 4P)

Cheers,
Alan
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Lockdown projects
« Reply #773 on: April 13, 2020, 11:21:18 AM »
This lockdown malarky means forced workbench time is now a large proportion of the day, meaning swift progress can be made.

J27 has had it's boiler bands removed and replaced with thin paper, in the latter locations.



Handrails also added, easy on the cab as it's marked for hole positions, and the boiler has simple straight rails.

Buffers were located from something completely unknown in the spares box, and while a smidge long, they suit her reasonably well, and are far better than the originals.



Steps also added, with care for the fronts as these are exceptionally close to the rods, so need some of their backs shaving down



This will become 65789, which is well photographed, unfortunately can't embed other folk's pics, but these are the basis photos:

https://flic.kr/p/bbceYv
https://flic.kr/p/2eipveM

Also, going back to previously started projects, the LMS version of 6202 has now been varnished, ready for lining.



Another box of LMS projects has been remembered, so these will be joining for completion soon....

Lockdown tally of new projects complete: 1 (Black 5)
New lockdown projects started: 2 (Rebuilt Patriot, J27)
Existing projects progressing under lockdown: 3 (4MT, Fowler 4P, 6202)

Cheers,
Alan
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Lockdown projects
« Reply #774 on: April 13, 2020, 12:20:57 PM »
Turbomotive looks really cool, I'll look forward to seeing her finished.

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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Lockdown projects
« Reply #775 on: April 13, 2020, 12:24:15 PM »
I like it with smoke deflectors.



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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Lockdown projects
« Reply #776 on: April 13, 2020, 12:37:15 PM »
One can have it like that also...



Lockdown tally of new projects complete: 1 (Black 5)
New lockdown projects started: 2 (Rebuilt Patriot, J27)
Existing projects progressing under lockdown: 4 (4MT, Fowler 4P, 6202x2)

Cheers,
Alan
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Lockdown projects
« Reply #777 on: April 13, 2020, 10:30:33 PM »
Nice to see another J27.  Mine is also 65789 - one of the first batch, and survived almost to the end of North-East steam in 1967. 

Richard


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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Lockdown projects
« Reply #778 on: April 14, 2020, 11:44:26 AM »
If lockdown doesn't drive you mad, try LMS lining....





Lockdown tally of new projects complete: 1 (Black 5)
New lockdown projects started: 2 (Rebuilt Patriot, J27)
Existing projects progressing under lockdown: 4 (4MT, Fowler 4P, 6202x2)

Cheers,
Alan
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Re: Dr Al's workbench - Lockdown projects
« Reply #779 on: April 14, 2020, 12:09:47 PM »
That's a beautiful finish that you have achieved, Alan.

Best wishes.

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