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Author Topic: Tilbury Tanks and Midland Spinners  (Read 28897 times)

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Tilbury Tanks and Midland Spinners
« on: May 19, 2015, 04:32:12 PM »
I've begun to build an N gauge Tilbury Tank (Class 51, tank fans) for a friend and was thinking about adapting a Farish chassis with a Nigel Stanley motor to fit everything in. And wondering quite how to do it. And then I discovered the N Gauge Forum and Gareth's topic. Marvellous!

Here's how things are going so far.

If I could work out how to attach a photo, curses. I'll have another go after a cuppa.

Simon
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Re: Tilbury Tanks
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2015, 04:40:57 PM »
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Oh, has that worked?

If it has, the tank sides are compared to the 4mm version that is also underway...

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Re: Tilbury Tanks
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2015, 04:52:47 PM »
Yup - it's worked :thumbsup:

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Re: Tilbury Tanks
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2015, 05:56:41 PM »
Hi Simon,

I don't know about the wheel size and axle spacing, but might the new Bachmann-Farish Jinty provide a solution?  There are some good photos on this link:
http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/82934-farish-jinty-2fs-dcc/

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Re: Tilbury Tanks
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2015, 07:43:32 PM »
Fascinating stuff.

Thank-you Michael, I'll have a little look into it. Dispensing with the front drivers should be OK and it would be great if the motor/chassis combo would fit inside the tanks and boiler. I'll keep an eye on eBay...

Thanks again.

Simon

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Re: Tilbury Tanks
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2015, 10:18:50 AM »
A bit further on. Soon I'll know how much space I've got under there.
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Could anyone tell me of a source of the very fine insulated wires such as those used on Nigel Stanley motors?

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Re: Tilbury Tanks
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2015, 10:32:26 AM »
Very neat work so far. :thumbsup:

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Re: Tilbury Tanks
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2015, 11:12:55 AM »

Could anyone tell me of a source of the very fine insulated wires such as those used on Nigel Stanley motors?

Hi Simon,
Nice work with the build. As I see you're a member of the 2mm SA part number S3-260 is 30cm of 0.5mm multicore wire should do the job. Anyway, who's this Nigel Stanley chap? I thought he was Nigel Lawton ;)
Gareth

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Re: Tilbury Tanks
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2015, 01:43:24 PM »
Hi, thanks both for your kind comments.

Gareth, I'm rubbish at names, I thought Nigel Lawton played the violin. I'll get hold of some of that wire.

Cheers

Simon

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Re: Tilbury Tanks
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2015, 07:00:59 PM »
Some more Tilbury work.
I folded up a little smoke-box saddle and used a cylindrical oil-stone as a file for the curves.
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A 12BA nut was then soldered over a hole in the base.
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The saddle soldered onto the smoke-box and the whole lot bolted to the footplate.
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The 5p piece is to show friends the size of things!

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Re: Tilbury Tanks
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2015, 08:13:03 PM »
Hi Simon,
One thing you didn't mention at the beginning of your thread is whether this is an etched kit or scratch built? If it's a kit I'd be interested to know the source.
Cheers
Gareth

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Re: Tilbury Tanks
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2015, 10:26:18 PM »
Hi Gareth, it's a scratch-built body that I hope to fit to a modified Farish chassis.

Cheers
Simon

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Re: Tilbury Tanks
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2015, 11:31:41 AM »
That's really neat work on such a small prototype.

Is that a purpose-built soldering accessory in the sixth photograph, or a cut-down clothes peg? Me seeing that photo has probably spelled doom for a couple of pegs from our family stash!

Jim
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Re: Tilbury Tanks
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2015, 11:46:05 AM »
Hi Jim:

Thanks very much.

It's a mini-peg from, I think, Hobby Holidays. They and their big brothers are excellent modelling and soldering aids and should be liberated from laundry duties at the first opportunity.

Cheers
Simon

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Re: Tilbury Tanks
« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2015, 10:35:54 PM »
Moving on:

I usually make the tank fronts as one piece with a cut out shaped to hold the tank at the correct height.
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And then with the boiler in place I solder on the tank tops.
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The boiler is then removed and the tank fronts separated by removing the connecting piece.
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