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 Posted: Mon Jan 3rd, 2011 06:16 am
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I have started a new Locomotive (the previous GNR D1 Class will be completed however!), a DJH Highland Railway "Barney"Class 0-6-0

The chassis was built yesterday and thankfully is nice and square, the instructions with the kit suggest using the romford axles and one set of wheels (one side of the chassis with the chassis on its side) as the jig. I just used three 3.2mm drills instead which seemed to work quite nicely! It was quite fiddly to get right but as I understand it, spending time now should see dividends in a nice smooth running chassis (a bit like wallpapering!).

I have tested it with the wheels and axles and it seems to run nice and free. Now need to complete soldering, prime and paint black.




 



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Hello Darren,
Happy New Year, mate.  :cheers I will watch this "build" with interest. Looks like an excellent start has been made. Take Care,
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Completed soldering, test fitted motor/axles/wheels/coupling rods, disassembled and now primed.

Shown drying after being spray primed in the booth.





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I painted the chassis black and assembled wheels/axles/coupling rods and fitted the footplate (some filing also completed on underside of footplate to clear wheels/coupling rods. Picture shows trial fit of bolier (boiler halves temporarily held together with sellotape for now)





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Motor installed and bench testing on the homebrew rolling road - its running very nicely - i was a absolutely paranoid about making sure there were no tight spots or resistance - this seemed to pay off! Oh one other item was lubricating first (only a small amount but a big difference)






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Wow darren from that last photo it looks like its doing 500mph


With your whitemetal boiler etc do you polish that with something or does it smooth out nicely when painting?

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Looking good Darren.Looks like its going to take off!!!

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This morning was spent flipping the coupling rods the right way up as I had put them on the way indicated on the instructions but when referencing prototypical photographs it was evident that it was upsides down!


henryparrot wrote: Wow darren from that last photo it looks like its doing 500mph


With your whitemetal boiler etc do you polish that with something or does it smooth out nicely when painting?

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Brian, I believe that final clean up with gentle fibreglass brushing / priming should see a good finish.



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Today I  also installed the pickup system, the pic show the power is now being picked up by the wheels


 



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It is really fascinating watching the progress of this loco Daren, I am watching with great interest.  I am looking forward to the next instalment.

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         Is the rolling road "home-made?" Looks the biz!:thumbs


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georgejacksongenius wrote: Darren,
         Is the rolling road "home-made?" Looks the biz!:thumbs


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John, yes you can see it being built here :

http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=7019&forum_id=11&highlight=rolling+road

 



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Watching with great interest and admiration, Darren.

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After much filing of the whitemetal castings for the tender (they are pretty poor), I tack welded the tender together (using my trusty 12W Antex) - the fit was very bad so a lot of fiddling but now sits satisfactorily and footplate height ligns up well. The axles supplied for the tender should have been pinpoint but were flush type so this would have meant i would have had to build a separate axle unit (pinpoint wheels not being available anywhere near here!). I noticed that the centres and wheels were the same as the GNR D1 so I took that unit and cut the length to size (dont worry I am putting a tender drive in the GNR D1 so it will live again!) - the height was spot on so very happy!

Now need to complete the soldering of the tender and install the attachments.





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I have completed the soldering of the basic tender structure but still needed to find a means of attaching the wheel unit. Copying the "wings" on the hollywood foundry tender drive units, I found i was "flying" along!

Just three strips of brass and 2 no 10BA Nuts/Bolts was all that i needed. Nuts soldered to the brass using the cocktail stick method as per the brake van. I have found threading the nut onto the cocktail stick stops soldering getting stuck in th threads but must be careful as it can  break off and gum up th threads with wood instead!

First pic shows the wings installed and in the extended position  and the second in the tucked back position. Once the unit is installed they are put into the extended position and the unit is held in position. This way I can drop it out for painting/wheel maintenance etc











 



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I reinstalled the toolbox at the rear of the tender as I wasnt happy with it (fairly easy to remove the low melt solder holding it on by using a sharp stanley knife) Installed tender brake handle (created top handle from brass (tinned with 145 solder and then solder with low melt to the whitemetal casting))

Have also installed buffers, front tool boxes, side steps and water fillers. No glued on items so far (all fixed with low melt solder). Remaining items are coal rails (nickel silver) and front and rear grab rails.







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Those whitemetal castings look pretty good Darren did they come quite good or have you had to do much work to get them like that. Pleased you are getting really confident with all soldering now

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henryparrot wrote: Those whitemetal castings look pretty good Darren did they come quite good or have you had to do much work to get them like that. Pleased you are getting really confident with all soldering now

Brian

Brian, the castings are not the best and they need a fair bit of clean-up - i think the moulds are pretty worn and hence the reason that although still in their catalogue is not available.



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Finished soldering water filler caps, installed the backplate to coal hopper and then installed nickel silver coal rail (tinned it first before soldering to white metal - the connections will be covered with coal load) Handrails will be done last and at the same time as the locomotive.





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After much filing and scraping, I tacked the cab together, picture shows dry fit with boiler (boiler halves are just taped together for now. No more now as run out of weekend!




 



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