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6 coupled diesel

Post by Garethh » Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:03 am

Hi there, I’m new to the forum and as my first foray outside of the introduction bit I thought I’d share a little diesel project I’ve been working on. It’s actually nearly finished but I’ll start from the beginning.
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I found a bit of suitably sized round steel in my pile of bits so thought I’d have at making some wheels on my little myford lathe, they turned (pun intended) out ok so I figured id best think of something to do with them!

I’d previously built a chain drive 040, so figured the next logical step would be an outside coupled 060, so after a bit more time on the lathe and a trip to a mates for some time on his mill ended up with some axles and cranks:
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Frames were next, decided I wanted to keep the motor below floor level to maximise space in the body, hence the slightly odd wheel spacing...steel plate was dawn into two lengths, bolted together and the holes drilled on the friends mill. Coupling rods were done at the same time but I forgot to take a photo! Bearings are 1/4” id flanged ball races and she rolls a treat. Spacers are 1/4 square brass drilled and tapped m3. It’s kind of a hybrid from what I think are the best features of the Essel and roundhouse commercial chassis. Motor is a mfa geared jobby with bevel gears final drive
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I’m still working and out of time now so I’ll add to this when I get a chance!

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Re: 6 coupled diesel

Post by LNR » Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:29 am

Excellent work, your well and truly on your way.
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Re: 6 coupled diesel

Post by tom_tom_go » Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:18 pm

The small Myford lathe you mention, what model is it?

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Re: 6 coupled diesel

Post by Garethh » Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:59 pm

It’s an ml7, I think!

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Re: 6 coupled diesel

Post by Garethh » Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:58 am

It had a little test run as in the last picture, hooked up to the battery and rc gear from another loco. Once I was happy with the running it came apart again for a bit of detailing and paint:
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Re: 6 coupled diesel

Post by Johnnie1000 » Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:07 pm

That's rather tidy. Looking forward to further progress.

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Re: 6 coupled diesel

Post by tom_tom_go » Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:43 pm

I always have respect for someone who can paint WASP stripes.

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Re: 6 coupled diesel

Post by SeamusOD » Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:45 pm

what couplings are they (sorry fairly new to most of this)

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Re: 6 coupled diesel

Post by Garethh » Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:19 am

SeamusOD they’re accucraft choppers, play times a bit limited these days so the less faff getting a train together the better!

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Re: 6 coupled diesel

Post by Garethh » Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:38 am

Hadn’t really thought about a body up until this point as I was just concerned with getting a chassis running, after a bit of googling decided to loosely base it on Harlech castle, by no means a scale model but aiming for that general look. Some brass was acquired from the local model shop before they closed up and after some cutting, drilling, bending, rivet pressing and soldering ended up with this:
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Some details turned on the lathe and soldered together:
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And the whole thing given a coat of etch primer followed by regular primer:
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Re: 6 coupled diesel

Post by Peter Butler » Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:03 am

That's a lovely piece of work and looks great in primer. Can you let me know where you get brass bevel gears from please?
The best things in life are free.... so why am I doing this?

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Re: 6 coupled diesel

Post by Garethh » Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:14 am

Peter Butler wrote:
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That's a lovely piece of work and looks great in primer. Can you let me know where you get brass bevel gears from please?
Thanks Peter! Bevel gears were from essel engineering, although I had to drill out the one on the drive axle as they only supplied 6mm and I decided to go with 1/4” axles for roundhouse part compatibility in case I messed up the wheels

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Re: 6 coupled diesel

Post by tom_tom_go » Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:55 am

The lamp looks smart.

I do like looking at stuff in bare metal, you see more detail...

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Re: 6 coupled diesel

Post by Garethh » Fri May 01, 2020 1:59 pm

I do love the bare metal stage, things tend to sit like that for a while until I can bring myself to paint them. Decided to go with br green colours on this one :
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And after a light weathering:
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Re: 6 coupled diesel

Post by Jimmyb » Fri May 01, 2020 3:49 pm

It may not be a perfect model of a prototype, but it is very nice, wish i had the skill and time (not furloughed).

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