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 Posted: Sun Mar 20th, 2016 02:52 pm
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"To make the hatches, I used 1/4" x 3/4" x 1/16" steel washers and glued 6 mm wide strips of 1 mm styrene across them.
Then I filled the holes with Knead It™  Then I added 1/16" styrene for hinges and handles and  4 mm wide strips of 0.5 mm styrene across the top."


Love it, love it love it......

Real modelling!

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Thanks, Doug.

That's why I'm loving O scale.  You have to make a lot of it yourself.

Just like the old days, eh?



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The underside of my small passenger car.



Still waiting for the couplers.  :roll:



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I've been waylaid again.  My friend gave me an old model of a 19th century slaver, which is roughly O scale.



Both of the masts and the bowsprit were broken, so I've jury rigged a couple of forestays to hold it all in place while the repair glue sets up.  A couple of other minor repairs and she's ready.

The story is that the local hysterical society received a grant to restore her as a sail training ship, so she's on the slipway at the eastern end of the layout.

That way, I'm not under pressure to complete the rigging.

I should get away with it.  :lol:

I've made a cradle (which forced me to at least lay the track for the slipway.)



It's still in etch primer, but will later be weathered etc.

Now, of course the slipway will need a winch.  So, to the scrap box and with a couple of old gears, some plastic pipe, an old bottle cap and some styrene . . .



and here they are in context . . .



The removable lid allows me to add the winch cable and other trimmings.

Now somehow I have to cut the model free from the wooden cradle.  It's been seriously glued in.  :shock:



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MaxSouthOz wrote: Now somehow I have to cut the model free from the wooden cradle.  It's been seriously glued in.  :shock:

Sounds like you've just done the easy bit first Max :mutley

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Wow, a fine restoration job by the hysterical society and in a much cleaner and sweet smelling condition than in its working days! As Ed said, now for the tricky bit, fingers crossed!

Great inventiveness with the winch Max, the design helping the modelling, very clever. If the hysterical society ever fancy a new challenge, how about something like this winch I spotted in Portsmouth's naval dockyard on my last visit?



This one's currently under restoration, hence the couple of gallons of red oxide to hold it!

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Thanks, Ed.  I'm thinking of running a coping saw under it.

Thanks, Bill.  Thanks for the photo.  It might be a trifle large for my job.  :lol:

I'll give them a call and see how much they want for it!  :cool:



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How lovely!

I have a copy of the print below, showing such a trolley, very nicely modelled, Max.

http://www.russellflint.net/russellflint-devonportdockyard.html

I actually worked around that slipway when I/C of a small-craft electrical unit in D'Port yard.

The capstan engine above was one of many in naval yards, usually in a big pit with just the winding drum showing and used to pull ships into and out of flooded dry docks, and indeed to manoeuvre the caissons once they were floated out.

The d'yard L.P. steam main that them.

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Thanks, Doug.

The cradle is modelled on one we had where I used to keep my Van der Stadt 27 footer.

Those were the days.  Working under the hull, scraping all the undergrowth off and then painting on the anti-fouling.  :lol:



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I've managed to cut the boat off its stand (and repair the damage).  :lol:



The boat is safe in its cradle and I don't have to explain to visitors where the scene goes from here.

Now, back to building cars.  :cool:



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Wagon number two is ready for painting.



I don't know anything about it, other than it's nice and short.  I copied an HO model I have.



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Did the couplers turn up Max ?

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Yes, Ed.

I've only installed the coupler boxes as I don't want to get paint on the actual couplers when I paint the cars.

I still have to add the brake hoses, as well.



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Make a few extra Max, you could have a nice little business with the price of O gauge rolling stock :lol:

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:lol:  I can't believe how slow it is, Ed.

I reckon I'm working for about 20 cents an hour.



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Hi Max,

Looks like a high-sided tapered ore car. And very nice too. Coupler levers?

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Thanks, Nigel.

There aren't any cut levers showing on the model I'm working from.

I might have to do some more research and go through and do all of them.



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Hi Max,

If you're using an HO model not many have coupler cut levers (bars) as they are pretty fragile in plastic.

Normally found on the LHS, although some cars have one on each side. Have a look at http://www.planomodelproducts.com/coupbar_scq.html for some examples (model and real). Under, over, trombones even. Easy enough to fabricate from a bit of channel and some P/B or brass wire. Bet you could have them working in O!

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Ha ha.  Thanks Nigel - not sure I will be able to get them working.

I can't believe that none of the manufacturers has attempted such an obtrusive device.



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Hi Max,

Just checked my RTR freight cars - no cut levers (Atlas, Athearn, Walthers, MTH). In contrast most of the kit manufacturers supply them (Athearn blue box and Roundhouse excepted). All of them are plastic with varying degrees of fragility, and no good for club layouts. As you say, it's a pretty obvious detail, but it's easily added using brass or P/B wire and some right angle channel. Same goes for air lines and steam lines. Pretty obvious, especially if the coupler magnetic trip pins are removed.

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