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 FWLR » Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:58 am

That sure is a mightly impressive loco Tom.

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

Post by tom_tom_go » Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:13 pm

As this loco is meant to look like a regular workhorse I have decided to see how I can go about doing this on the working parts of the loco without the use of paint.

First to get the chemical treatment is one of the front cylinder covers:

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I am going to try a different brand of blackener as I want the colour to be darker but at least unlike paint it won't chip or flake off!

This cover has had four extra holes drilled and then these have been tapped to take modified smaller bolts than the ones used to screw into the cylinder itself:

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The covers have not been drilled by me using a hand drill as you can see! New or existing covers can be modified with new scale bolts supplied as shown so if you are interested in having this done PM me for details.

Here's a pic of the same cover fitted to my Silver Lady before I blackened it as a comparison:

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

Post by bambuko » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:37 pm

That definitely looks more realistic :thumbright:

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

Post by FWLR » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:18 am

I agree. The toning down has made it a more work like loco.

Did working locos keep their colours. Most photos I see of the old working locos are black/dirty black. But now when you see them on heritage lines, they are coloured, as well as black.
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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by Big Jim » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:21 pm

FWLR wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:18 am
I agree. The toning down has made it a more work like loco.

Did working locos keep their colours. Most photos I see of the old working locos are black/dirty black. But now when you see them on heritage lines, they are coloured, as well as black.
It depended on where they were and who looked after them and possibly what time period. Some industrial engines were kept very spivved up for all their working lives in some rather fetching colours. Some were kept going with a wing and a prayer and ended up looking black even if their might have been another colour under the grime.

I suspect that for many industrial concerns the option to take an engine out of service for a repaint was probably not an option.
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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by Big Jim » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:22 pm

Stunning work on the cylinder end caps Tom. That makes a huge difference.
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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by tom_tom_go » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:33 pm

Big Jim wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:22 pm
Stunning work on the cylinder end caps Tom. That makes a huge difference.
Ideally, using studding and nuts would look better but as yet I have not managed to source scale looking metric nuts to suit.

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

Post by Big Jim » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:21 pm

I think to get the scale look, you would have to make them yourself.
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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:14 pm

tom_tom_go wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:33 pm
Big Jim wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:22 pm
Stunning work on the cylinder end caps Tom. That makes a huge difference.
Ideally, using studding and nuts would look better but as yet I have not managed to source scale looking metric nuts to suit.
Small sizes, no problem. I have had good service from here

https://knupfer.info/shop/index.php/deu ... stahl.html
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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:21 pm

Looks much better, well done. I reckon I am going to do the same to my loco
I used 10BA studs and nuts for the steam chests and I wish I had done this for the cylinder covers, next time.
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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by tom_tom_go » Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:39 pm

You little ripper Dazza :thumbup:

Will post when I get it all fitted!

Looking to do the same with the top cylinder covers so watch this space...

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