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Old 10-03-2018, 05:54 PM   #291
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That's the centre wheels done... Also decided to find out if it is possible to thin out the radiator grill. While it is possible, it is not ideal. (See photo). I dare not go too much further.
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Old 11-03-2018, 11:14 AM   #292
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As the grill "Wasn't great", I decided to replace it with a suitable material... This came from the handy use of one of these things I've been informed is used for polishing things like bicycles and trains? (I may investigate further....).
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Old 12-03-2018, 11:43 PM   #293
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The big question is, is how am I going to get such a big motor to fit into what is such a small space? Well. There is space below the cab windows so I can raise the bonnet height slightly. By turning the hood of the bonnet the other way round I have used my drill stand to mill out some of the width in the centre of the bonnet as the drill stand has a handy end stop to stop the drill at a certain height which is adjustable, so I can gain some room for the top of the motor. At the base of the radiator grill housing and the bonnet sides, I have raised them by using plasticard which has been superglue on and filed to shape. These can be seen in the photos as the white parts compared to the creamy colour of the resin.
(The pars are balanced in place for the photo and have not been glued into position).
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Old 19-03-2018, 09:37 AM   #294
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Starting to add more bits to it. In this case, the bufferbeams. I've filled in the slots where the tension lock couplings would stick out of the bufferbeams with das modelling clay. I was surprised that when I glued on the bufferbeams both sat square if I take the body off the chassis and sit it on a flat surface. Normally things have to be worked to line up. I did gently file the sides and tops to get a good finish, which is easy to do.
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Thinking of my layout, I do have an idea for an interesting scenic setting. Have you ever in the past bought things, but had no idea why? Well, I certainly have! One of these things introduced me into 7mm narrow gauge!
Going back a decade or so, I saw some lovely items designed for dolls house use, as more recently, I have seen some nice plastic plants designed for fishtanks. I think you know where my thoughts are going with this one! Why not combine them into use on my layout?
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Old 22-03-2018, 11:55 AM   #296
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Some more progress. How to fit the chassis to the footplate frame. The easiest method I could think of was to use the old model railway bodge of using some sort of clip at one end, and then screwing or bolting the other end.
The remaining hole at the cab end of the chassis (The opposite end to the motor on my locomotive) was steadily enlarged and a hole was also drilled into the cab floor.
Two offcuts or resin were glued in the motor end (Front) of the footplate frame to guide the chassis into a central position. Then, a small piece of plasticard from an offcut was glued in to hold the chassis in so when the other end is bolted or screwed into position, the front of the chassis is also held in position.
That is the chassis dealt with for now. (More work to follow soon. Watch this space!).
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Old 22-03-2018, 01:23 PM   #297
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The bonnet has been glued together ready to fit the footplate frame. The insides of the sides, top and front (Actually in all directions) have been thinned out in various places to allow the motor to fit, and also, as stated before, the height has been raised. Here are a few pics... (I've balanced the parts in place temporarily on the footplate to show how they will fit, and how tight the fit is with the motor).
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Old 23-03-2018, 10:57 AM   #298
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Now reshaping the lead weight. It does seem to be lead. It cuts like lead, so no expense spared by Lima. I like Lima.
Like most projects, it is a case of do a bit at a time while one has the spare time and motivation to do it.
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While it does not look like there has been much in the way of progress, there has actually been quite some work on the loco. The cab floor has been raised and the open part which was designed to fit the origional motor, filled in. The weight and internal parts of the bonnet and front cab have been filed, so they fit better when they come together. The bonnet and front cab have been glued together. The steps have been thinned so they now fit my loading gauge. I may need to brace the rear steps by glueing stiff metal from a paperclip to the rear of them. I have filed off the details on the bufferbeam as where these are may interfere with another vehicle when my loco takes tight corners. It saves me from needing to stick out the central buffer too far.
All in all, it has been quite a bit of progress, despite things looking the same, or similar to before.
In theory, things should motor forward from here, apart from when I need to wait for paint to dry!
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Old 30-03-2018, 09:12 PM   #300
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That does look good.
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