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 Posted: Tue May 19th, 2009 07:48 pm
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This Highland Railway Small Ben was bought from ebay part finished.....its a sorry state and looks like a train wreck (it looks like it crashed into a vat of glue and rolled over - just check out the underside of the boiler/footplate and the coal rails!)...i dont intend starting this until I finish the D1. It is evident that original owner just wanted a running model and ran it without the coupling rods (I know from bitter experience how frustrating getting the coupling rods right that can be!)

Any thoughts on how to remove the glue (I think its epoxy resin?) - heat is not an option given that it is whitemetal. I have seen recommendations as to Nitromors...any other ideas as to how to disassemble?

















 

 



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 Posted: Tue May 19th, 2009 08:45 pm
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Sh"t Darren thats in a state a real challenge there

Nitromors is worth a try it may loosen it enough for you to scrape or prise it off you may be able to remove some of it with a dremel tool if you have one a small stone may well get into some of the tighter areas and remove the blobs allowing you to cut or scrape the rest with the aid of nitromors

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It turns out that I already have the solvent to hand! : after some research I discovered that MEK (methyl ethyl ketone) is apparently even better than another alternative (acetone)



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 Posted: Tue May 19th, 2009 09:23 pm
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I couldnt resist trying out my pro-weld on the steps to see if it would help removal - it works!! The glue goes all rubbery and can be cleaned off...no more now till the weekend...






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Another neat tip... and another build to look forward to.
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OMG Darren

You really do have your hands full with this one, it will be really interesting watching you restore this loco :thumbs

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This looks in such a state (it could be one of my efforts:lol:) I do hope you can rescue it from its present  prediciment!



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:wowI'm going to watch this with fascination, Darren. Cor, what a challenge:exclam :wow

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The dismantling continues...(the sad thing is that its evident that the original castings are lovely and sharp but are no longer where where they have been bodged...)




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And continues............................................................;-)

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I've got every confidence in your ability to turn this into a superb little loco.Added to your other kit-built one,you've got the beginnings of something really special.You'll value those 2 so much more because of the time and effort you're investing in them also.
   Its also great to let us monkeys see how its all done!!!:lol::lol::lol:

Watching with interest,:shock:
 
cheers,John.B.:thumbs

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Well after a further year, I am now restarting this. Need to continue dismantling though. I thought i could salvage the tender as is but it also does need dismantling.





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After some further attempts at disassembling the tender with MekPak I decided to take the "plünge"and try boiling water (as my Nitomors was left behind in the UK in the move as that couldnt be shipped with our possessions)

The tender was placed on a shallow sieve and suspended in boiling water, after careful checking every 1 minute or so and after 5-10 minutes I pulled it out and the tender literally fell apart!




 



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I cooked a chicken like that once.  :mutley



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Stick with it, Darren.

(or rather unstick).



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After clean up with a scalpel with a chisel blade and a fibreglass brush, this is now ready to restart construction. I just realised that i started dismantling this TWO YEARS AGO (the time has gone at lightning speed)!





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From the pile of scrap you started with, you now have a set of components that should go together nicely. :thumbs

I admire your tenacity in getting it all stripped down. The rest of the job shouldn't take as long.......

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It's amazing what comes out in the wash ....................:lol::lol:

From those early pictures to what you now have Darren, is all down to your tenacity.  I presume it was cheap when you bought it so that's another plus. :thumbs

Looking forward to seeing how you progress with it.



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Tender has been tacked together with solder, some final adjustments and final soldering to do. Thereafter all th attachhments such as toolboxes, filler caps and handrails to do.








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It looks a bit better than the last time it was in that form Darren. :thumbs



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