Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I have taken some shots, but these are on my SLR and will take some time to download as I’m in Newcastle for the next 2 days and then will be moving house.
I also painted my FR hearse waggon’s body black and added black strapping to another FR covered van.
87’s front tank also had its wooden tank top boarding repainted in humbrol acrylic ‘natural wood’. I will mask this off before repainting these in what I expect to be a blue livery, if Boston Lodge rumours prove to be correct.
On the layout, I added some filler to one of the baseboard sides, where after planning, parts of the plywood had come away. This has tidied it up nicely ready for the house move.
PS I still can’t get the smokebox door off 87’s somkebox, ready for the smoke unit’s installation – it protests and I don't want to snap or damage the white metal casting!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I also soldered up 3 boxes for Upnor, these sit on the running plate and were duly installed. Many photos were studied and a method for fixing the bullant to the body was arrived at using a 10BA captive nut or two. I also soldered up the very fiddly footsteps, but have yet to install them.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Not much progress actually because we are now in the process of moving house (again!). Not too far this time, but the house we have bought needs quite a bit of work, so this is likely to reduce modelling time.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
- The smokebox saddle and riveted flanges above them are now in place
- Both motors have had their trailing ends cut off using a cutting disc
- The 2mm axles for the gearboxes have been cut to length
- The roof has had its hatch soldered on and small microstrip pieces added to represent the rails it runs along
- The whistle has been added after much drilling into the boiler
- All the nickel silver valve gear parts have been cut from their fret
- The cab and smokebox have been securely soldered onto the cradle, whereas previously it was just the back of the cab fixed on.
- I have tested whether there is room for a small flywheel and found there is not
- I am considering investing the proceeds from the sale of Nant Gwernol into a digital sound chip for the Funkey. I need to find a good approximation for the horn...any ideas from standard gauge engines???
- The cab side handrails and smokebox door wheel were added
- The gearboxes have had their bearings installed and have been bent to shape and tested for binding. The 20T gears have had their moulded sections removed as per the instructions. Next I need to cut the 2mm shaft to length, but I have run out of cutting discs!
- All 4 pony trucks were bent to shape and soldered (however I bent two of them the wrong way and on trying to correct this one snapped off. After 30 mins of messing about I decided to add a new piece of brass as a strengthener and I think I have retrieved the situation). These then had the cosmetic bearings and fronts added.
- The cab roof had extra filler added and two pieces of plastic microstrip to represent the cab roof ventilator sliding bars.
- The front tank has two extra pieces of microstrip added to represent the wooden tank top boards as per the prototype.
- The two smokebox supports had their cutouts filled in (as per the prototype) and are ready for installation.
Monday, October 12, 2009
12 tiny flycranks were cut out of their frets (using a piercing saw), cleaned up, tapped to 14BA and crankpins have been screwed in. Also the wheels have been pushed onto their axles, although I have stupidly done them all, when one axles needs to be part of the gearbox. That wheel will have to come off again, but I think this will be ok.
The tanks I created have gone to Cheltenham with Dad and will become NGG16 No. 138 in red, lined with straw and black.
Oh and Nant Gwernol's sold.
Friday, October 09, 2009
and the cab has moved forward with the fitting of the ashpan and its tiny doors plus the assembly of the backhead.
On the tanks for 138, further fittings have been added and the tank top details for the front tank are now being attended to. I have also noted a difference in the rear of the bunker (no coal chute, but a wider opening instead which I need to sort. These should be ready for the family visit on Sunday, so I can swap these tanks with Dad (who has 143's tanks).
The boiler cradle was also put together, the sides were laminated, a central spine added and then two tanks added underneath.
Also details on the tanks (which are for 138) are being added - here the sandbox pipes and lamp irons are on.
and the same on the front tank, but with two grab handles added too.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
I also called into maplins and bought one of these - a soldering tool kit. Some of the tools are meant for electronic applications, but many of them are very useful indeed.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
The 'new' tanks for 138 are approaching completion, seen here after the sand boxes were added. Since this was taken the filler cap on the front tank has also been added.
Monday, October 05, 2009
Well the layout is supposed to be (as defined by me in 2005) "a snapshot of the WHR when the full line opens to Porthmadog in 2009."
However, we know that didn't happen, and it may well be 2011 before it is opened all the way to Port...
So, do I freeze time at 2009 and only model what is now, do I wait until 2011, or do I ensure the best of all worlds and utilise 'modeller's licence'? It will probably be the latter, whilst trying to keep all trains on the layout at any moment consistent with each other.
That then brings another problem, for example Pullman 2115 which is currently in Pullman brown/cream livery, but this winter it will be overhauled and repainted to match the blackberry black observation saloon. I can't bring myself to have multiple versions of the same model, so I'll have to choose.
So, what is there left to do?
- Electrics - minor work to add the final wires taking the bus bars back to the controller base station and to allow for an extension wire around the layout to the second handheld controller. So, basically complete.
- Lighting - a major area that is not complete, I have in stock a load of ikea spots, I just don't have the framework for their support or even a design for the framework yet. I would also like to avoid the 'multiple suns' problem that comes from many spots pointing in different directions.
- Backscene - test prints of this should be done in the next week or so. May not be the problem I first thought.
- Baseboards - the yard board needs finishing works, e.g. sleeper grime etc adding. Work is still required to sort out baseboard joins, although this is underway with all bits necessary in stock.
- Scenics - work left is minor, mainly being fine detail such as signs. The water tanks are mostly complete, although the wire strapping for their legs has yet to be completed.
- Carriages - the first batch are in the paint shop, but glazing, door handles, transfers, couplings and ride height checking will still be required. A long job and one where prioritisation is key.
- Locos - After this winter I should have two NGG16s and K1 ready with another NGG16 (No. 87) close to finish. The two funkeys should be ready as should Upnor and Conway Castles. These are the core stock.
- Fiddle yards - these need a bit of work to sort the alignments between the traverser and running lines, but the traversers themselves are ready.
- Curtains - fabric in stock, requires a full set up of the layout in order to measure exact lengths. I also need some sew-on velcro.
A realistic date for first exhibition? In a rush I could probably make it for the Spring, but Summer 2010 is probably realistic.
I have also started cutting out the main parts for 87, including looking at the cab to see if I can cut it down. Looks like it should be ok, the window will have to be blanked out and there is a tab that goes through the footplate...which is annoying but will have to stay in that position.
Friday, October 02, 2009
- The water tanks have had three coats of red paint. They may need another, but are close now.
- The pipes for each tank have been delivered by knightwing, these were cut to length, cleaned and joined together. I just need to check the distances on the baseboards (i.e. so the pipe sits above the middle of the track) before painting these.
- The new tanks for 138 have been cut out of the frets and work has begun e.g. the water tank has had its rivets removed and its side holes altered to fit the reality.
- An FR oil tanker (in a bizarre and random piece of work - don't ask) had its bogies changed for a better balanced variety. This has made it far less top heavy.
- I have been investigating how best to create rust - does anyone know of a UK supplier of rustall?
- 2 bocoals have been painted base green and await their black banding and weathering.
- I have resoldered the wiring between pickups and motor on a minitrix 0-6-0 chassis I now no longer require. This runs fine. If you need such a chassis (good for WHR 4415 and others) let me know. Else it's going on ebay. Post post note: it's on ebay now http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110442321933#ht_500wt_1101
and the results : 4 B wagons and the SAR brake in primer (which is also their base livery).