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Re: New Millie

Post by markoteal » Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:33 pm

I've got one already :thumbup:

Yes with that hooked up, I can get her to crawl along, up and down the bumps on the line
Where did I put that uncoupler?

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Re: New Millie

Post by markoteal » Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:21 am

Thought I'd share a couple of photos of CHLR's Millie at speed at the recent Kent 16mm steam up
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Compared to the tight and gradient heavy CHLR, Spitfire was able to open her cylinders fully and get up to NG 'Main Line' speed - at times the safety wasn't blowing - which if you know a Millie means she was working hard - the momo wagon (disguised as a coal wagon) helps tremendously

I'm now adding more 'bling' in the shape of buffer beam overlays, more coal in the boot, step inlays - with cylinder covers and other upgrades planned
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Re: New Millie

Post by tom_tom_go » Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:01 pm

Get those wheels painted and the buffers chemically blackened or painted Mark :thumbup:

I was impressed with the control you now have of the loco since R/C was installed.

When you need to change direction does the loco require a fair bit of force to push/pull it? I was wondering if on your line at home if you had raised track at the end of each station you could let the loco roll back after stopping to then run around your run round loops?

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Re: New Millie

Post by markoteal » Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:16 pm

Yes, wheels, rods and buffers in the blackening list band thanks for the feedback about control - much more relaxing

To change direction, the loco needs to do one 'chuff' in the opposite direction (about one rotation of the wheels) - at the moment its need 'Maradona's hand' to change direction but having inclines is an interesting idea - I think for it to happen without any outside help would involve inclines more akin to a funicular!
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Re: New Millie

Post by Big Jim » Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:59 pm

I tried this with a single cylinder Archangel Brick. You do need a steep slope and it is very dependent on how far the regulator is open and how much pressure is in the boiler.

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Re: New Millie

Post by markoteal » Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:17 pm

IrishPeter wrote:
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:24 pm
I have had a 'Millie' for about five years, and she is still my favourite locomotive just to let run. The first 10 hours of running time she was decidedly skittish with the regulator not taking that much adjustment between 'gentle plod' and 'warp speed.' However, she now has a very nice level of control especially on the relatively flat temporary basement line I am using at the moment. Mine has gained a full cab, cylinder covers, and a safety valve bonnet, and I am wondering what over "fluffy dice" items I can add.

My other favourite locomotive is one of the Roundhouse Annas from c.1990 which is also a docile beast.

Cheers,
Peter in Va.
Peter - I've acquired some cylinder covers - not immediately obvious how I fit them - please advise

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Re: New Millie

Post by JMORG » Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:36 am

Hi Mark,
They should just clip over the cylinders, no tools or anything required.
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Re: New Millie

Post by tom_tom_go » Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:12 am

The cylinder covers are the same ones they use on most of the Roundhouse locos so they should clip over the cylinders as mentioned.

You may need to bend the curved part of cover to fit snugly to the cylinder otherwise you get a gap which is my issue with these covers.

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Re: New Millie

Post by GTB » Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:33 pm

markoteal wrote:
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:17 pm
I've acquired some cylinder covers - not immediately obvious how I fit them - please advise
Unlike a lot of the Roundhouse range, Millies have a footplate above the cylinders, so you will need to remove the bodywork to fit the clip on cylinder covers.

As Tom said, the cylinder covers don't fit all that well as supplied and it is worth doing a bit of fettling during fitting. Nothing drastic, just some reshaping with the fingers until you get a neat fit.

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Re: New Millie

Post by IrishPeter » Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:38 pm

I did not have to do anything near so extreme. If I had, they would still be in the bit box awaiting the arrival of the next batch of heavy duty Roundtuits, which seem to be in very short supply/high demand right now.

My recollection is that I simply bent up the flange at the back of the flat top of the cylinder cover so it was at about a fifty degree angle and would fit through the gap between the footplate, and the top of the cylinder. I then gave it a good shove so that it flexed a bit and clipped over the cylinder snugly, and, as they say, Robert's one of your parent's sibling.

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Re: New Millie

Post by markoteal » Sun Dec 24, 2017 6:15 pm

Cheers guys - Peter, I thought that may have to be the approach otherwise the bodywork would have to come off as GTB said - I shall have a play!
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Re: New Millie

Post by tom_tom_go » Sun Dec 24, 2017 6:36 pm

These engines are not spacecraft, take it apart Mark.

You must play about with your Land Rover after all!

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Re: New Millie

Post by Big Jim » Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:16 am

What he said ^^^^^

If you find you have a small gap around the covers, a small bit of silicone sealant can work wonders to hold things tight. But as others have said a little bit of manual manipulation should see you right.
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Re: New Millie

Post by Chris Cairns » Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:23 pm

I picked up a nicely detailed 2002 Millie 2nd hand late last year, although curiously the wheels have not been painted.

As you can see in this short video it is very capable of running manually at nice slow speeds (the point where it stops furthest away from the camera was indicating that the track had dipped there, which the owner then corrected with some packing).



Incidently the yellow Millie, 'Jeanie Deans', Roundhouse reckon is the first Millie with the cab option that they have painted in yellow.

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Re: New Millie

Post by markoteal » Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:58 pm

We all love a bit of Millie magic! You are right, you don't see many yellow ones!
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