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 Posted: Sat Sep 9th, 2017 10:42 pm
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Hi Max,

Smooth. It will be better with a decent sound decoder. Lots of spares available, plus Bachmann's outstanding warranty. Ordered the steel cab version. Inside frame. Same price. That will make 2 steam and 2 diesels on the roster, enough to get going.

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Hi all,

Cut the whole for the radiator mesh. "Strong and flexible nylon". Took be the better part of an hour, 5 minutes drilling and 55 minutes filing. I'll remember that when I'm tempted to order another body shell. Mocked up with some screen repair mesh, white stuff that looks like cobwebs is hot melt adhesive. I'm waiting for some brass mesh to come. With that thick body shell it will be a fit inside the hole, not attached on the inside. Need to think about a protective bar frame on the outside as well. Given the working conditions they'll face, the crew will need a ventilation hatch in the roof of the cab. Job for tomorrow. Maybe.

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Nice work Nigel.  I can a silk purse in the offing.

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Hi John

Thanks - one can only hope. Removed the buffer beam details tonight, resorted to the Surform planer and the big box cutter, along with some #80 grit paper, followed by some #100, Lots of key for the CA.. New buffer plates in brass tomorrow. Still looking for pin and link couplers in brass, so far only white metal (must be cosmetic) and "tough, flexible nylon". I may have to go with the later for the buffer mounts in the same material. At least it's tough enough for probably 100 wagons.

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I think it's great fun to bring these things to a much better standard - bragging rights too.

You do have photos etc., don't you?

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Hi All,

A fun session last night and this afternoon - lots of butchery and hackery with the "big knife", aka the box cutter with the heavy-duty scalpel-sharp blades (as my thumb will attest to). This blade is about the only thing that cuts through the nylon ("hard, flexible", keep remembering that lad, next time you get tempted into another one). I tried the Dremel and a cut-off disc, that just melted its way through. Not enough precision.

So, this what got done:

Buffer beam detail gone front and back. Nice and fluffy after a going over with #100 grit, ideal for gluing on the new buffer beams (which will be in brass).
Hole in the cab roof to allow some sunshine in and heat out. Mocked up with a hatch from another kit to see how things will look.
Both doors removed. I will have to do something about the chassis that juts into the cab. I will be raiding the Lego box to make a cosmetic control box.

I like the look of it with the doors gone or simply opened into the cab - more dynamic. Needs some crew. Waiting on the grills and louvers.

Nigel

And we're away! Doors off and the precision surgical instrument.




Door posed half open.




'Ole in the roof. The nylon was half the thickness of the body and frame, the drill bits just kept melting the nylon and not going anywhere. The blade did 95% of the work, touched up with the big file.




Hopefully this is what it will look like when I'm done. The slding hatch is from a center cab On30 diesel shell in brass that I'll be using for the next build.A bit of rivet (as opposed to bolt) detail wouldn't come amiss either.




Trim on the front with what could be some more barnacles. Ready for the new plate in brass. "Hard, flexible, nylon". Rremember that lad,...




And a trim on the back. More barnacles in the making.

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Hi All,

So this morning I was looking at the body shell with the chassis in place, and thinking to myself "how on earth am I going to get my fingers inside the cab to do some detailing with the chassis in place, or from the underneath without it in place?". Hmm. Out with the big blade, off with the roof, problem solved. Need to move the light to the roof (headlight pointing back), but plenty of space to work with for the control cabinet. The floor even has a non-slip surface for the crew! (So do the walls, window frames and the underside of the roof. Ah well). H&S must have been around.

Designers of these shells need to keep access in mind. A few do, most don't. Windows are big in O scale, interiors need detailing as they're highly visible. It's a scratch building aid ("hard, flexible, nylon"), lad, remember that.

Drilling holes for the door handrails is going to be fun as well.

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