Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by tom_tom_go » Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:50 am

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The blacking gives a nice, well used look to the buffer beams. Any plans to weather the rest?
I reckon the cylinders and running gear need weathering next.

I want to add a wood planked cab floor as well but need to work out how to do this while still having access to all the bolts for removing the body.

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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by Big Jim » Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:31 pm

Thin ply, suitably scored & held in with a small drop of silicone, or even gravity?
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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by tom_tom_go » Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:47 pm

Big Jim wrote:
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Thin ply, suitably scored & held in with a small drop of silicone, or even gravity?
I wanted to avoid using a complete thin ply sheet in favour of individual planking but this not possible due to the shape of the body and the chassis plate bolts.

However, I had a go this morning with a scrap bit of thin ply sheet to see what it would look like and I quite like it:

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I had to do a fair amount of cutting and sanding to get it to fit around the boiler, servos, lubricator and body but at least now it can stay in place and the body can be removed whenever.

Not sure if I should scribe it as due to it's shape you cannot represent planks properly. Do wood planked floors in loco cabs go all the way along or does the floor have to made up with different sized pieces of timber?

It needs weathering regardless although the coal will soon take care of that!

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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by tom_tom_go » Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:12 pm

I did this in the end, it will weather once I do a few sessions but I like the look of it newly installed as if to replace the worn floor:

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Choppers with their magnetic counter weight for uncoupling weathered and fitted:

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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by markoteal » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:40 pm

Looking good Tom

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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by bazzer42 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:55 pm

She is a corker of a loco Mr Tom. I wish i had used real wood on my diesel floor. Always a good idea on here to crib.

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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by Big Jim » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:52 pm

That looks good Tom, a few runs and the wood should darken nicely with coal dust and look just the ticket.
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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by FWLR » Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:23 am

Read your thread Tom and wow what a beauty, she really does look impressive. Just want to get on with mine now after a bit of a health scare again...need to take it easy more i have been told...Love the wooden floor, it really makes the cab more realistic... :thumbright:
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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by Big Jim » Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:34 am

The more I look at this engine the more I realise that pristine, polished ng steam engines were a bit of a rarity. People seem quite happy to weather ic locos but steamers are normally attacked with much Duraglit and elbow grease.
As far as I can see, most working engines ended up looking decidedly scruffy.
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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by Maple » Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:20 pm

Those buffer beams look brilliant :)
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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by tom_tom_go » Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:25 pm

Big Jim wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:34 am
The more I look at this engine the more I realise that pristine, polished ng steam engines were a bit of a rarity. People seem quite happy to weather ic locos but steamers are normally attacked with much Duraglit and elbow grease.
As far as I can see, most working engines ended up looking decidedly scruffy.
Trying to perform a perfect paint job is not what I call 'fun' or 'relaxing' so the fact that most narrow gauge engines ended up looking 'well used' suits my painting style and the inevitable piece of paint work getting scratched or damaged is not a big deal compared to when this happens to a shiny glossy shelf queen.

And here is the mucky old girl at the November 2017 Kent NGM indoor steam up:

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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by markoteal » Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:06 pm

Great photos Tom - you must have tracked down the bloke with the really nice camera at the meeting - I'm hoping he's taken some of Spitfire as well and they will appear over time on the Kent 16mm site
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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by steamer68 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:09 pm

Tom what a fantastic build of such an amazing looking loco, I have really enjoyed reading this thread and its helped me gain a little more knowledge how to build a loco. Thanks for sharing and great photos. :thumbleft:
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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by FWLR » Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:42 am

Now that is one engine I would love to own....Brilliant job Tom. :thumbright: :thumbright: :thumbright: :thumbright:
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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by Big Jim » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:07 am

That looks just the ticket. A working steam engine in a well used and working condition.
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