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 Posted: Wed Dec 1st, 2010 10:16 am
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On a whim, I bought a Dapol 15T Diesel Crane kit yesterday.

How's this for stupid: I opened the bag, laid out all the pieces on the bench, then completely forgot to check them all off, something I'm usually fairly hot on.

Anyway, I set about filling up holes, filing off rubbish, etc, etc, and made a start on contruction. It wasn't until I was part-way into building the kit, - far too late to return it to the model shop - that I discovered that one of the four bogie sides was missing!

Dapol quite clearly state on their packaging, they cannot supply spare parts. The model shop is a thirty mile round trip away. I had no option but to make a replacement from scratch. :brickwall

I used various thicknesses of plastikard and microstrip to make a copy. Fortunately, the bogie sides are in pairs, so I had one to use as a pattern.

The result isn't perfect, but bearing in mind that the whole structure is only 3 cms long, I'm reasonably happy with it. The model will only be used static anyway, and with a coat of paint and a bit of weathering, I don't think the slight inaccuracy will be too noticeable. (I hope!) :oops:



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That looks pretty impressive Perry, but have you checked under the chair/desk for the missing piece...?



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Don't even go there...........:mutley:mutley:mutley

I've searched everywhere, which probably means I won't find it until next week. :shock:

The moral of this story is...CHECK THE PARTS BEFORE YOU START!

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Impressive bit of scratch building Perry. Can't understand why you bought the kit, should have scratch built the whole thing!!!! (just kidding). I have been thinking about having a go at this kit, again as a static display item. I will beinterested to see how it comes out at the end.

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The jib mouldings have seen better days. One of the sections in my kit is actually broken. I'm going to have a very tricky repair to do to it.

Dapol now provide metal wheels already mounted on axles, so that part of the job is nice and easy now.

I'll post some more on here as I go.

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You could make it look as if the real one broke and has had to be repaired - welded or riveted patches added, plus additional strengthening struts.



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Stubby47 wrote: You could make it look as if the real one broke and has had to be repaired - welded or riveted patches added, plus additional strengthening struts.
I may have to do that. I have now discovered that two of the jib parts are broken. :shock:

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Surprisingly, the jib has been assembled with little difficulty. Because of the bevelled-edged design of the parts, the broken bits fitted back together really well - so much so that it's hard to see where the breaks were.

A little tip here though; when glueing up the jib, coat the bevelled edges with a thin coat of tube polystyrene cement and let them become tacky before putting the parts together. This will give enough grip to hold them where you put them, but provide enough movement to enable adjustments to be made easily. I made sure I had a nice even coat of cement by running a cocktail stick along the edges to spread the cement out before bringing the parts together.

I would strongly advise against trying to do this job with solvent; it dries too quickly for this sort of task.

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Good tip Perry.:thumbs



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Construction and basic painting has been finished, along with the rigging. but there is still lots of detail and touch-up painting and to do, plus the weathering.

Also the fixing the decals have to be put in place, followed by a coat or two of matt varnish, followed by a coat of satin varnish.





The red needs toning down by weathering, but there's no point in doing that until the decals are done.

I haven't built one of these since Airfix first issued them, but it's still a nice kit to do.

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Nice work Perry. :thumbs

Which is "your" bogie ?  They all look the same to me.



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Petermac wrote: Nice work Perry. :thumbs

Which is "your" bogie ?  They all look the same to me.


You're very kind! It's the left-hand bogie in the top picture. It's actually very slightly higher than the original, but with a coat of dark paint it isn't too noticeable. The fun part of fabricating it was making sure that the two pieces of the jack leg would still fit inside it.

I'm sure this model wouldn't suit the purists, but as I remember building this kit so many years ago, seeing one on my layout really is quite nostalgic.

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One thing I forgot to mention: a small sheet of tranparent material is supplied in the kit - presumably to glaze the windows. It is not mentioned in the instructions.

I wanted to glaze the windows, but as they are quite small and there are 18 panes in all, I took the easy way out and used 'Super Kristal Kleer' on all of them. The result doesn't show up well on the photos, but is probably far neater than I could have done by sticking transparent sheet behind them all.

I don't know if the same stuff is still available. I have had mine for about 30 years and there's still about two-thirds of it left. Economical, or what?! :thumbs

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That looks very good Perry.

 Dont worry about not checking the kit when you open it, comes to us all when we get to a certain age, unfortunately seems you got there before most of us, :mutley:pedal

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It looks very nice Perry.  I wonder if when you spray the varnish on ,if a bit of weight is on the hook Whilst it dries, will straighten the wire rope making the hook look heavy.? you made an excellent job of that replacement bogey. :thumbs



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It turned out well Perry. You have done a nice job on all those cables. Is there a 'wiring diagram' with the kit?

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Nice job, Perry.  :thumbs  I didn't spot the bogey until you pointed it out.



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sparky wrote: It looks very nice Perry.  I wonder if when you spray the varnish on ,if a bit of weight is on the hook Whilst it dries, will straighten the wire rope making the hook look heavy.? you made an excellent job of that replacement bogey. :thumbs

I'm hoping that will be the case. I'm going to give it a try anyway.

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Novice wrote: It turned out well Perry. You have done a nice job on all those cables. Is there a 'wiring diagram' with the kit?

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Indeed there is. :thumbs

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MaxSouthOz wrote: Nice job, Perry.  :thumbs  I didn't spot the bogey until you pointed it out.
Very kind of you to say so. It was a bit fiddly to make but was the only way I could salvage the kit. Sod's Law dictated that it had to be one of the most complex parts in the kit, with the exception of the jib sections. Not only did it have to hold the jack, but the axle also had to be housed in the rear face. It runs smoothly enough anyway.

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