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Re: Sand hopper

Post by ge_rik » Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:20 pm

BorisSpencer wrote:
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Genius.
I may well steal this solution for mounting "sardine tin" tubs on to Binnie chassis.
Please do. I see this forum as an ideas swap shop.
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Re: Sand hopper

Post by ge_rik » Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:22 pm

Now got another two wagons completed.
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I've tweaked the design slightly as I've progressed.
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Quite happy if there is slight variation between the wagons as those on the Snailbeach were far from uniform.

I've now cut and shaped the components for the remaining five wagons, so these ought to go together a bit more quickly (famous last words?).

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Re: Sand hopper

Post by philipy » Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:44 pm

Going to be a very impressive rake when completed. :)

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Re: Sand hopper

Post by Soar Valley Light » Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:19 pm

They are wonderful Rik!

I've always admired the kits but, like you, paled at the cost of a rake of the things. You've inspired me again! :thumbup:

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Re: Sand hopper

Post by Peter Butler » Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:38 pm

They look great Rik, well done for continuing with so many..... the idea of multiples always puts me off.
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Re: Sand hopper

Post by Andrew » Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:36 pm

Those really are very good indeed - the full rake will look wonderful.

They look vert nice in grey - guess you went off the red idea, Rik?

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Re: Sand hopper

Post by ge_rik » Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:03 pm

Andrew wrote:
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They look vert nice in grey - guess you went off the red idea, Rik?
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Purely and simply because I had a can and a half of grey primer in the cupboard and only half a can of red. I decided fate was trying to tell me something.

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Re: Sand hopper

Post by jim@NAL » Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:16 pm

They look fantastic

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Re: Sand hopper

Post by ge_rik » Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:36 am

Just a quick update on progress.
I've now completed the structures for the chassis and bodies for the remaining five hoppers.
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I am slowly and steadily adding the rivets. Just worked out there are 172 rivets on each wagon!
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I'm using nail art half round pearls (thanks to markoteal of this parish). I've discovered that not all 1mm pearls are equal - but at 98p per thousand I'm not too worried, just use a different supplier. The technique I'm using to apply them is to put spots of superglue at the desired locations with a cocktail stick (I do around ten dots at a go) and then pick up the pearl using the residue of glue on the end of the stick. I find the larger spot of glue on the model sufficient to entice the pearl off the end of the stick. It's even possible to pick up an inverted pearl and flip it as it's applied. Getting quite a production line going.....
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Re: Sand hopper

Post by Soar Valley Light » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:05 pm

Wow, Rik, they are superb! :thumbright:

It's almost a shame to hide the underside on top of an underframe! ;)

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Re: Sand hopper

Post by jim@NAL » Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:47 pm

You have been busy. They look great

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Re: Sand hopper

Post by ge_rik » Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:29 am

Soar Valley Light wrote:
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It's almost a shame to hide the underside on top of an underframe! ;)
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I had considered modelling the hinges and a release mechanism for the doors, but as you say, it wouldn't really be seen. Besides, I couldn't find any info about the doors.

I still have to add brake gear, but will mass produce this at a later date, probably using bits of brass.

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Re: Sand hopper

Post by Andrew » Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:51 pm

I really admire your patience Rik! Might give your gem applying technique a go some time - I use the tip of a knife blade to apply 'em, which works OK but is a bit fiddly.

The wagons are looking marvellous, well done!

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Re: Sand hopper

Post by ge_rik » Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:22 pm

Well, 1376 rivets later and all nine wagons are now on the rails. Need to add couplings and think about removable sand loads, but it looks like traffic to and from the sand quarry will be able to commence at the next running session.
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Will take a few more pictures when the rake is fully finished and up and running. The light is getting a bit poor outside for now.

Have been thinking about some sort of loading hopper/gantry/bin at the sand quarry siding. There's always something to do, ain't there?

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Re: Sand hopper

Post by Peter Butler » Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:29 pm

The do look very business-like, given loads and the correct setting they will be a great addition to the fleet.
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