Friday, 24 October 2008
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
2-482 5'0" 13 leaf spring with L.H. & roller bearing axle box
2-351 Wagon chassis etch - 12' 0" w/b 21'0" long for Parkside kits
Plus wheels, top hats etc.
1823 Alternative catwalk for Peco 45t tank (Different etch shown)
- Discard catwalk, coupling pockets and axles.
- Remove chassis details, rigging/brake shoes (keep safe).
- Widen slots where brakes once sat, to accept W irons. Using a flat file, file towards the outside of the wagon.
- Machine off W irons, leaving the leaf hangers
- W irons are cut from the etched chassis. Fit flush with top of sole bar, fill/ sand.
- Refit brake shoes and rigging.
- Cut leaf hangers from white metal castings, glue to new W irons.
- Fit catwalk as per instructions.
... easy, he says. I have tried fitting the springs in two ways, what's your opinion? Left or Right?
Friday, 5 September 2008
I've decided to model the main shell from 30thou plasticard and covering with brick embossed plastic sheets. I was tempted to go the paper route but the complex brick work on the main shed made me go with what I know best. Etched window frames from the Ratio range will be used.
No real progress has been made, the Templot print out is back on the dining table and little card structures are popping up to give a sense of scale. Hopefully I can then decide on baseboard dimensions.
Monday, 7 July 2008
The title says it all. Due to a change in career, I'm also moving house. As we all know this does tend to eat into modelling time. For now I will leave you with a quick shot of a rake of 16T minerals I have been building for the layout. Designed and sold by Stephen Harris, these have to be the most straight forward etched kit money can buy. Each kit can be made to the above stage in one evenings work. Fantastic bit of etching.
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
On the class 25 front there is progress, the motor is in and runs... not great but tweaks and running in is still needed. Work carried out as described before, the motor is supported on it's on armature and is stopped from rotating by a snug fitment in the milled slot within the plastic chassis moulding.
Thursday, 17 April 2008
The plan is to simply(?) to remove the existing armature, mill out the chassis block and insert the Mashima. After running over the chassis bock with the calipers it was soon apparent there wouldn't be much left after fitting the motor, so a brass spine would have to be provided.
So far, the chassis has been machined ready for the motor and the spine bolted to the top of the block. More machining is require to clear the new motor's armature...
... but it's late and the miller/hoover combination is keeping the neighbours up. To be continued.
Tuesday, 5 February 2008
Thursday, 24 January 2008
Image - Grahame Hedges