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Old 13-11-2016, 11:54 AM   #11
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Thanks for sharing. Amazing what you can achieve with some parts, plus some basic materials!
Thanks. It has been rather fun. A lot was made from surplus 00 gauge bits and pieces as I hate throwing things out when they can be used.
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These were built because I set myself a challenge of making as close as possible a 100% scratchbuild.
While they do work (Not painted them to show others how they are made) it is better for me to use ready made wheels. (The wheels on these wagons are home made from resin).
The wagons were made from resin via a Sylmasta resin casting kit, and tea sturers, along with axles and uprights being old bicycle spokes.
It is easy for me to use ready made wheels for making more wagons in the future.
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Old 13-11-2016, 12:13 PM   #13
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The same castings were used on this wagon as the unpainted wagons in the previous picture except this wagon uses the axle box assembly from cutting the resin into seperate axlebox/spring assemblies and were glued onto thin perspex (I happened to have lying around destined for the bin!) and old Romford bearings and wheels were used.
This wagon (The body came from a wagon in a cheap plastic trainset) shows well the home made couplings used, made from drawing pins and paper clips etc. The loop that hangs below is raised over the point of the drawing pin (Suitably shaped with a file) on the wagon it is coupled to. I can put a loop in a raised position and bump it into another wagon, and the loop will fall in place to couple. I can also push wagons into sidings in an uncoupled position.
Yes these couplings need manual intervention, but they are cheap, and far easier to use then 3 links!
(See previous pic near the start of this thread of this wagon for a better pic of the coupling).
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Loco No.1 "Ruthy".
Has a Smallbrook Studio "Clio" kit (Modified with coal bunkers etc) and mounted on a hybrid chassis of a vintage metal cast chassis with modern Hornby wheels, motor and gears etc.
Have not finished the work yet as I need to paint the visible motor etc, and need to replace the buffer at each end as they were mounted on the previous Hornby 0/4/0 chassis the body kit was intended to run with, so I'm getting there!
The little train is quite heavy now!
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Work commencing on an old Hornby Mk2. Out came the resin casting kit to cast myself some missing vestibule doors...
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Great stuff, I like a bit of scratch-built and modified, plenty of character
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(Thanks Captain Bubble).

Another one of the wooden wagons with a different body type. Chassis with suspension in the form of a strand from a bicycle gear cable mounted across the top of the axles in the centre of the chassis.
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Shows simple chassis design of the wooden wagons. Start of conversion to the new type couplings on one end.
Chassis "Spring" is just about visible!
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Ruthy again on the previous chassis. The buffer was mounted on the chassis, hence the need for additional work to extend the body to mount new buffers. Previous chassis works fine and will be used again on another project... (I love to experiment!)
The nameplates are home made from an aluminium fizzy drinks can by scribing the details, then reverse scribing from the back, and then painting the whole nameplate. When the nameplate is dry, one then gently scrapes the paint off the raised bits and voilla! A set of nameplates and number plates (All going to plan!)
The bunkers were made from a long piece of plastic edging that was cut to fit. Though they add lead shot to the saddle tank at Smallbrook Studio (Only certain kits) I decided to add some liquid lead to the bunkers, and then top it off with real coal. However now it has a new chassis that already is weighty, it needs no extra weight. If anything, it may be too heavy, so I may add plastic loco crew rather then cast metal ones.
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One issue was that the new (Actually about 35 to 40 ish years old) chassis had broken pickups, not only that, I needed pickups on both sides of the wheels. Now I did try using copper type pickups from a Hornby 0/4/0 chassis but due to making a new strip from a printed circuit board to solder them onto, they were a bit to rigid to work. Back to the imaginary drawing board of my mind...
What I needed was some sort of lightly sprung metal that conducts electricity.
My thoughts went back to the strands of bicycle cable I used to spring my wooden wagons.
I heated up the solder to take off the copper strips and I replaced them with strips of springy bicycle cable and it works! Not only that, though the soldering now looked a bit messy, I was able to fit six pickup points. Four on the wheel sides and two on the wheel treads of one pair of wheels.
I've only had belief testings but those brief testings show the new chassis to be very good so far so I'm a happy person!
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