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I bought this model several years with the intention to make it EM and thinking it would give me a leg up on it since there isn't an RTR version from the major manufacturers.

00Works site is here:  http://www.ooworks.co.uk/#/past-models/4568653184  Unfortunately this model isn't pictured.

The model has a whitemetal body, which is good and milled brass chassis.  Wheels are Markits and there's a quite nice metal geared GB.  The model is not DCC ready so I hardwired a decoder.  The model is akin to a kit built loco.

Running qualities, and this is my opinion, leave a lot to be desired.  I found the loco waddled down the track and wouldn't run smoothly.  First the center axle was supported by quite stiff spring and the driven axle by the gearbox.  There are no bearings as such, so that was disappointing.

It was quite a long time ago that I attempted to modify the chassis for compensation and that sort of worked although I managed to break it - there's not a lot of material left after the hornguide slots are made.

So, here's the loco as I left it:




You can see below the compensated chassis that I made. 



I decided that this chassis wouldn't do:

a) as I mentioned it is broken

b) the frames are way too think and there's isn't any detail.

c) I want to spring it using Continuous Spring Beam or CSB.  Learn more here:

http://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=96&t=3605

My solution was to obtain the chassis etch from London Road Models:




I was quite pleasantly surprised when I contacted LRM to request this and they agreed.  I was warned that it is not a chassis kit, but that's OK for my purposes since I have the other bits from the original model.  You'll note that there are coupling rods which is something you want on a chassis etch.  These have quite clearly been etched to coincide with the bearing centers.

So, as I bring the Jinty together, I will start this.

My first job was to confirm that the wheel flanges are the right depth - they are.

Next I will prepare the frames to accept High Level CSB components.

John

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A Lanky, Nice job of work ahead John.
That LRM etch looks nice and clean plus they do some nice stuff.I see they have also brought out a 42 ft TT kit and well for smaller Pre grouping steam jobs.
Best of luck with the project.
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In hindsight, I would have been better off buying the LRM kit given the money spent so far.

I've been watching developments at LRM.  There are some interesting wagon kits but I have more than enough in stock for now.

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Looking forward to it John - "messing" with locos is in the future for me.  Actually, "messing" with anything is still in the future.  I need some free time before I can think of embarking on such projects ...............but I do enjoy watching how you go about it. :mrgreen:

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"Messing" is definitely the right word Peter.  I frequently make a mess but usually manage to work around it.

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I spent some time over the last couple of days getting the frames assembled.  With CSB, this is more involved than usual.

First, the hornguides must be assembled and the hornblocks fettled to get a nice sliding fit.  This is a very time consuming activity.




Having done that, the spring supports must be calculated.  This is made easy by the use of a spreadsheet developed by CLAG: 

http://www.clag.org.uk/

Variables are wheelbase and loco weight.

I removed the frames from the etch and discovered:

1)  that the frames needed shortening by about 1mm to fit the body and

2) wheel bearing locations were not the same as the old chassis :hmm

The bearing holes needed opening which was hard work with a reamer.

Spring support holes were located using the very clever High Level jig:




Used thusly:




The above is the Cauliflower but the process is the same.  The jig has holes to locate the corners of the hornguide cutout if necessary. 

Next is to use the chassis jig to attach the hornguide/hornblock assemblies.  In order to do this the coupling rods had to be made up.  These are double thickness and I made them articulated.  The rods are then used to determine the spacing of the bearing pins in the chassis jig.

The process is to leave one bearing rigid for now and to solder on the hornguides.  Once these are done, make the cutout and solder on the final hornguide.

Today I soldered in the spring support pins which are medium handrail knobs.  The spring wire was threaded through and secured at either end:




Notice that the hornguide/hornblock on the left is slimmer than the others.  This gives me a fighting chance to fit a gearbox.  As it happens the GB I plan to use is narrow enough, but it is a consideration.

Next job is to fit spacers and jig the chassis up.

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This is very interesting John,
I like that springing arrangement.
Will study this further.

Oh,I guess those compact high level hornblocks would be best to use with 00 frames ?.Given the tighter clearances.
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Derek.

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They might be Derek, you will need quite a narrow GB though.  The other thought I had was that you could leave the driven axle rigid and spring the other two.  This would give you the same effect as compensation but without the beam that takes up a lot of space.

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Good thinking John,Not a lot to play with useing narrow gauge frames.The High Level site has excellent drawings and examples of various combinations.
Oh Templot.Martin Wynne has released a vid on constructing a single slip drawing,Its fairly involved and remembering each step will take some study.
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Thinking back to when I made 00 chassis', the gearbox (usually Romford or similar) tended to be a very snug fit between the frames.  I recall filing the bearings flush.

One of the skills I have yet to tick off is getting the hang of Templot. 

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I spent a few hours yesterday getting the frames put together.  Quite a fiddly job getting the spacers square and had to re-do one or two.  The end spacers with holes aligned for fixing screws took some time as well.

This morning I fitted axles by reaming the bearings ever so gently until the axles fell through the holes on their own.

I then attached the wheels and ran the chassis through the test point - very nice!

A dry fit of the rods using wire insulation to retain them temporarily confirmed that everything is good.

I then fixed the rods by soldering crank pin nuts on the crank pins, using a scrap of paper to ensure that I didn't solder everything solid.  The paper also gives a good working clearance.  Again a run through the test point was good - oooooh!

Lesson learned:  you should only need to open the coupling rod holes to slightly more than the pin diameter (1mm).  If you find you need to ream the holes heavily, as I did on my first Jinty chassis build, you know something's off.

I then test fitted the body:




The assembly fair whizzes through the point with nary a bump as it traverses the crossing - very chuffed with that.  I'm not sure about those buffers - I may change them.




Here's a look at the spacers.  I going to need to do some thinking about getting a Kadee on the back - long shank maybe.

The center axle moves too much and I think it would benefit from some thin washers.  There are washers on the front and rear axles.

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Super looking job John.How does the suspension behave?.
Oh when you fit that Kadee could you show a similar photo as the bottom one so one gets an idea of how they are sorted.
Another question those 0.8 rivets you used for articulating the coupling rods were they Gibson jobs as I was thinking of trying that solution out.Medium or small I see advertised on Mainly Trains site.
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Well, Derek, I mentioned that the loco went through the point without a bump.  Normally, with rigid locos, you get a bump when going through the crossing.  Therefore I reckon it works a treat.  I didn't make the loco go over a matchstick though.

There you go again with the rivet thing and coupling rods. :lol: These don't have rivets, just an overlap at the cosmetic joint.  If you want to go to the trouble, I suppose riveted joints look better...marginally.  You'll need three layer rods for that though.  They obviously can't be seen when whizzing 'round.

I'll certainly show how I fit the Kadees when I get there.

I just spent some time fabricating guard irons and fixing them.  I also put the brake hanger wires in.  Had to reposition a spacer because it fouled the gearbox. :roll:

I will paint next.

Checking some photos, the buffers look accurate.  They need repositioning to be straight though.

John

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Thanks John,Sorry about rivet thing,I just wondered how you got the coupling rods to pivot with sprung axles.
Do Kadee supply NEM pockets with the coupling.
Best of luck with progress,
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If you squint at the picture you can probably see how the rods are overlapped at the middle crankpin.

I use #158 couplings for EM so don't bother with NEM.  When I was working in 00 I used NEM a lot.  I know Parkside Dundas sell the adapters but these would only be required for kits or really old RTR.  For the pockets themselves, I bought a couple of packets of Bachmann T/L couplers just for these.

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Another calamity today :roll:.  I installed the 00Works gearbox and motor because they seemed OK.  Running in today, I noticed a lot of wear on the worm gear and, after futzing around, got it only working in one direction.  My fault probably because I put 1/8" bearings in it (the driven axle originally floated) and I'm guessing there is insufficient backlash.

The other problem I have now is that I can't get an 80:1 GB between the slim bearings, so I'll need to remove those and make the driven axle rigid.  All fun and games.

So, I've ordered some gearboxes and motors from High Level today.  Back on the shelf with this.

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I got my gearbox, extender and motor from High Level the other day.  I thought I'd take a look at the bits:




This is the Loadhauler Compact+ with a gear ratio of 80:1.  I already reamed the 2mm holes to accept the shaft.  Motor is Mashima 1224 with a 1.5mm shaft.  When ordering gearboxes, be sure to specify the worm gear bore dia.  The final drive gear is brass and will be fixed to the axle with Loctite 603.




This is the extender allowing more clearance between GB and cab in the case of driven rear axle, which I'm doing.  My main reason for getting this is because the extender width is ~9mm and will go between the hornblocks in my chassis.

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I've built the gearbox:




The worm is fixed with Loctite 603 as are the shafts.  I had it under power for a few minutes to work out any high spots.  Running is smooth and quiet.  The final drive gear is still loose, this won't be fixed until the very end because I won't be able to get it off after that.

I've had a quick look and there doesn't appear to be any problems getting things into the body.  The drivestretcher will have to be angled so that the main gearbox frames clear the spring wires.

It's looking promising.

I didn't have to adjust any backlash, it was right from the get go.

Note that I've put the motor on sideways, with the fixing screws to the side instead of up and down.  This will let me at least get the motor off, if I have to, with dismantling the whole GB.

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Very tidy looking gearbox John and dare I say well built.Good thinking with the motor fixing.
Cheers,
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I thought it might be useful for you to see one of these things.  They really are the bees knees.

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Brossard wrote: I thought it might be useful for you to see one of these things.  They really are the bees knees.

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:) :) Hi John Thanks,Highlevel will be on my 2015 shopping list.

Have a good Christmas and a better New Year.

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Happy Christmas to all and I look forward to our discussions in the New Year.
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Just a quick post John,I need to get some Gibson driver wheels to finish off that Jinty chassis.Have you had any direct dealings with Gibsons ?.
Oh they are developing ready quartered wheels and axles or at least they are a lot closer to getting them on the market.
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Not recently Derek, but I found Colin to be helpful in the past.  Good to hear that self quartering wheels are on the drawing board - a great step forward.

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Thanks for that info John.I shall phone him next week when things are back to normal after the festive season.Plus I can push him regarding self quartering drivers.The more of us who inquire might help to speed things up ?.
How are things going on your builds.
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I haven't done much this week - too many distractions, so I've been a bit lazy.  I have been tinkering with my Jubilee and will post some pictures soon.

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I've also been working on this project since I think I have all the bits.


First order of business was to disassemble the chassis that had been made for EM and reassemble to 00.  This entailed arranging a compensating beam.  That has been done and the chassis painted waiting for me to add the motor/gearbox and - shudder - pickups/wipers.


Next I turned my attention to the body.  It really is quite well done and I can't fault the detail other than bare buffer beams.  If I can find a picture of these I will add rivet detail using Archer transfers.


The other thing that bugged me was the cab interior which is not good at all.  I did find a picture of a Class 25 cab (0-6-0 tender loco) and that was useful in making a representation of the backhead detail:



This is a cruel closeup but it looks ten times better than the original.  The cab is enclosed and with the crew in, you can't see much detail anyway.  The idea is that the viewer can look in and see something that resembles a backhead.  I don't think anyone will better Bachmann's backheads - wouldn't it be marvellous if we could buy those separately?


I used bits of brass tube, copper wire and styrene rod.  The regulator handle is original.  The handwheels are from a Mainly Trains cab detailing etch.


John


                 

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