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 Posted: Sun Nov 1st, 2015 09:46 am
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Hi Pete some seriously good modeling there, envious of your skills.

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Thank you all, its nice to have a little encouragement when doing projects of this type, I haven,t scratch built in brass before so its been a steep learning curve, when you build a kit (hope fully) all the bugs have been ironed out, with scratch building you have to work them out as you go along, I have tried to plan ahead but now and again I come up against a, you daft beggar you should have thought of that, moment, last night was a case in point, I have put the smoke box saddle parts on then realised the front fixing for the body to the chassis is blocked by the front axle pivot :thud however I was mulling it over at around 2am and I think I have a solution I will see if it will work and show and tell later.

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In this game Pete you learn from mistakes. I know, I've made a few in the past. But have I learnt? Time will tell



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I,ve done a little more, I,ve sorted how to fix the boiler barrel in place,



I have drilled the running plate and soldered a 6BA screw in,




next I slotted the smokebox saddle and boiler to take the head of the screw,



the boiler is now fixed securely at the front but is easy to remove for painting  later,



next I cut out and screwed to the other end the cab front,






to cover the screw head and fix the the cab end I soldered the backhead to a 10mm strip of brass to simulate the firebox, I also soldered a small strip of brass to the bottom of the firebox with a captive 6BA nut inside, soldered the cab floor to the cab front and bolted the whole lot to the running plate,




unfortunately the cab front isn,t dead square to the boiler ( my fault! ) but I hope with a little fettling I may be able to improve that fit.

Thats it for now thanks for watching this build.


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Thanks Darius, its coming along slowly but steadily I need to do some investigating on the real thing now before I go much further with it so as to get the details right, luckily I have a heritage railway not to far away with one, I just need to get my finger out and go there with my camera and tape measure :lol:.
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Steady progress Pete, now you've got this far you have to finish it. It looks solid to me... But then, I've never built one.

Carry on, prototype photos next?

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Hi Marty, thanks, yes I will get some photos of the loco at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway its not to far away, I would have gone over today but the weather is foul and I didn,t fancy crawling under and over it to get the brake and cab details that I need, I will try and get over this week if the weather is better.

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I have done a little more to my loco, the fold up gearbox that came with the gears wasn,t a very good fit so I have fixed the motor in place by soldering a plate to the top of the frames like this....



unfortunately the motor will be seen from the side so I will paint it matt black hopefully it will not be too noticeable also it sticks up higher than the boiler so I had to cut some holes in the boiler with my dremel...





thankfully the saddle tank will cover the top of the motor but I will have to cut down the motor shaft with my dremel ( the shaft is very hard to cut with anything else!)....



still needs tidying up and adjustment, those of you with eagle eyes will notice the cab isn,t very square, I,m hoping it will not be too obvious when it is finished.


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Slow, steady and calculated progress will result in a great model. Looking good Pete. :thumbs

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You're a better man than I Gunga Din :shock:

I've never made a loco kit, never mind scratch built one.  In fact, I've never made anything in brass. :oops:   Nothing like jumping in at the deep end !!!  It's looking really good but working around those awkward bits like how to fit the motor, would sorely test my lack of patience.

Looking forward to the next installment. :thumbs:thumbs




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That's looking good mate. One thought though. Wouldn't it have been better to angle the motor back into the firebox?



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Hi Peter, I am beginning to think I have picked a stinker to build nothing is straight forward and there are few parts out there to help with the build so it is a case of scratch building most parts but it is teaching me a lot of tricks to get around the problems, I have built a fare few kits in the past but they did not really prepare me for this, I have a couple more kits to build after this they should be a walk in the park :lol:.

Hi Henry, the fire box in these locos are so small there was no room I had to fit it where it is `cos there aint no room elsewhere.

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For a first try Pete i'm impressed.As for the boiler to cab problem can you infill with solder?.



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Hi Alan, the boiler, cab and running plate are all demountable for painting the gap between the boiler and cab front is not so noticeable now I have made the saddle tank ( still to upload the pics I have taken-left my camera in the shed :roll: ) so all is fine.

Cheers for now, Pete. 



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Here is my loco with saddle tank on, I,ve still to work out how to fix it yet but I will sort it.



not a particulaly good photo but I think it gives an idea of how its going.   Pete.



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Its been a long time since posting any progress on the Barclay, mostly because I haven,t done a great deal, however I have had a few nights in the shed and this is what I have got done so far.

There is a shaft that runs across the rear of the chassis that connects to the brakes, this shaft is operated from the rear of the cab via a screw hand brake, this photo should give an idea of what I mean.



The end of this shaft has brackets which connect to the brake hangers via bars, also there is another bracket that connects to an air/vacummn cylinder brake and it is those brackets i have been working on.









Although these brackets are very small I still spent around 5 hours making them, I still have the opposite side to do, make the coupling from the cross bar to the hand brake capstan and make the balance weight for the shaft, probably another few nights in the shed with very little to show for it ;-).


Cheers, Pete. 


 



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A few more pics of the body build.



I wanted to see how the chimney looked in situ, a number of photos I have seen have shorter chimneys, it wasn,t until quite recently that I realised the saddle tanks were made in different sizes :???:, just go,s to show that research is key to model building.
I have fixed the backhead in place but it can be removed for painting/detailing etc.



I have made up the cab rear panel and fitted it in place.



The front buffers were fitted loselly to see what they look like, those  with eagle eyes will notice the cab roof aint level, its about 2mm high at the back, I have sorted it but I haven,t taken a pic yet.




Thats all for now folks, cheers, Pete. 



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You're doing a terrific job of it, Pete.  :thumbs

I don't think that the motor will be noticeable, once it's painted flat black.



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