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 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:41 pm

Both the Slomo and the safety valve got held up in customs hence the delay (and a nice charge on top, thanks!)

Here is the valve fitted this evening running on coal:



The Slomo is yet to arrive so will post a video of it running once fitted.

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

Post by Big Jim » Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:58 pm

I like it!
Very similar to the Archangel Flatulent safety valve of old.
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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by tom_tom_go » Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:01 pm

So here we are finally fitted with a SSP Slomo (no modifications were required to the loco despite it having a coal fired boiler):

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And here it is in action!


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

Post by markoteal » Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:52 pm

Nice and slow again - amazing considering its a coal fired 'beast'
Where did I put that uncoupler?

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

Post by DG » Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:22 am

Wow that is very impressive Tom. Such control at those slow speeds, fantastic.

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

Post by tom_tom_go » Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:01 am

The safety valve blew a bit too much in the video as I was trying to film and control the loco at the same time and was not bothering to use the radio controlled damper.

I need to do a video where I just run the loco on smokey house coal only as you get loads of clag :thumbup:

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

Post by tom_tom_go » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:57 pm

I have procrastinated about what colour to paint the buffer beams for a while now. As the loco is entirely black I have come to like the contrasting yellow brass colour but they needed weathering so rather than trying to mix paints and buy a spray gun I used chemical blackening which in 15 minutes ended up like this:

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Very tempted now to go to town on the cylinders and running gear with the chemicals!

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

Post by tom_tom_go » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:46 pm

More chemical fun, this time on the cab windows and the safety valve bonnet:

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The polished smokebox dart had to go:

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Rear buffer beam all dirty now:

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

Post by tom_tom_go » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:54 pm

Ready for 16mm NGM Kent meet up this Saturday:

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

Post by bazzer42 » Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:48 am

That is a beauty Tom. I think the blackened buffer beam give a nice industrial look.

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

Post by markoteal » Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:22 am

Very good, i like how it affects different areas slightly differently - very prototypical

I may make it along on Sat yet - Tom, see my PM
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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by Big Jim » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:33 pm

The blacking gives a nice, well used look to the buffer beams. Any plans to weather the rest?
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Re: Smokey Sophie - A Roundhouse/Riverdale Amy coal fire build

Post by markoteal » Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:42 pm

Tom and I ventured to the Kent 16mm Group steam up and had a great time - my Millie perfumed well on her first run away from the CHLR and Tom (after a few battery issues) got up and running with Smokey Sophie and created clouds of proper steam and clag - here is a pic of the loco on the route

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

Post by tom_tom_go » Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:08 pm

markoteal wrote:
Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:42 pm
Tom and I ventured to the Kent 16mm Group steam up and had a great time - my Millie perfumed well...
I don't remember it smelling of roses? :mrgreen:

Batteries were flat so must of left it on. Fortunately, as it uses AA batteries another member kindly lent me theirs so I could get going again.

The loco raised steam even quicker than usual indoors, could even beat some gas locos!

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

Post by markoteal » Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:16 pm

LOL - the smokey smell of your yellow smoke must have affected my typing!
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