Time to build a railway...but where?

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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Peter Butler » Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:36 pm

Thanks again for your kind words, always good to hear your views.
A little more progress this afternoon, the various sections are now secured together after much thought going into the positioning of the on-off-on switch and the charging socket. I wanted to be able to remove the body from the chassis containing all of the control gear, however, it can't be done without fitting the switch underneath, and that would be too difficult for Brian to manage when in use, so it will be on the cab side facing the rear. To enable the two sections to be completely separated for maintenance purposes I will fit a three core plug and socket in line to the switch.
The build is now complete with horn on the roof, handrail knobs to the doors, detail inside the cab, buffer beams and buffers etc.....
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As I write this I am waiting for the first primer coat to dry and will put another on before I retire to bed, which won't be for quite a while yet!
Tomorrow a top coat of paint, but I haven't decided on the colour yet.
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by FWLR » Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:03 am

Thats really brilliant work again Peter. :thumbright: :thumbright:

How the heck do you do your circles. Are they drilled, if so you must have a flipping great big drill bit......... :lol: :lol:
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Peter Butler » Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:29 pm

I'm really quit pleased with the way the primer has done its job, the loco looks well balanced even with the enhanced cab dimensions.....
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Having searched my workshop for available paint colours I have found one suitable and sprayed the body. It is currently drying and I will be able to show the result later.
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Post by ge_rik » Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:30 pm

Just out of interest, Peter. Did you drill the circular windows, use a circle cutter or file them? They look flawless.

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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Peter Butler » Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:39 pm

ge_rik wrote:
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Just out of interest, Peter. Did you drill the circular windows,

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Rod has also queried this and I was about to answer... yes, they are drilled using my floor mounted drill press and spade drills, the kind with a central spike to keep them from wandering and a flat cutter with sharp edges. These are available in a variety of sizes and cut plasticard with great accuracy.
There is no chance I could achieve such a perfect circle any other way.
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Post by philipy » Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:45 am

Peter Butler wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:39 pm
spade drills, the kind with a central spike to keep them from wandering and a flat cutter with sharp edges. These are available in a variety of sizes and cut plasticard with great accuracy.
Duh! :scratch: :oops:
I've got a selection of those that I inherited from my father many years ago. I use them occcasionally for holes in wood but have never thought to use in this context!
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Post by FWLR » Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:19 am

Peter Butler wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:39 pm
ge_rik wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:30 pm
Just out of interest, Peter. Did you drill the circular windows,

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Rod has also queried this and I was about to answer... yes, they are drilled using my floor mounted drill press and spade drills, the kind with a central spike to keep them from wandering and a flat cutter with sharp edges. These are available in a variety of sizes and cut plasticard with great accuracy.
There is no chance I could achieve such a perfect circle any other way.
Well I will have to wait and see if Father Christmas brings me a drill stand....I do have the wood cutters though. So if he doesn't I will find some way of doing them...

Thanks Peter.... :thumbright: :thumbright:
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Andrew » Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:37 am

I'll have to try that - I'll be needing to cut out a spectacle plate in the coming weeks. I did it once using a pair of dividers (or is it a divider?), scribing round and round until I'd made a circular hole in the plasticard, but I don't recall it being a particularly elegant method. I'm guessing it's a little less important to get everything spot on if you're going to add brass spectacle rings, because with those you've presumably got a mm or two margin of error, so any little mistakes are hidden by the rim?

Anyway, the loco's looking great Peter, your friend will be very pleased...

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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Peter Butler » Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:48 pm

Sorry to keep you all waiting guys, but at last the loco is finished! The paintwork was done yesterday but I waited overnight for the transfers to dry before a final lacquer spray. The switch and socket were connected to the receiver unit and fully tested yesterday and it runs so smoothly and has great slow running too.
Tomorrow is hand-over day so I hope Brian is pleased and takes it to our 16mm Association area group meeting on Saturday.
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by Andrew » Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:52 pm

Fantastic! Was looking for a word to describe it - I think it looks kind of "friendly"... The sort of diesel you'd be delighted to have at the front of your train...

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Post by tom_tom_go » Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:07 pm

Thomas the tank as a diesel!

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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by LNR » Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:06 pm

What a transformation. Another superb build, I'm sure your friend will be very pleased.
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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by BertieB » Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:47 am

Beautifully done. Doesn't it look fantastic in primer?

(Not that I'm suggesting it doesn't look good painted)

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Post by ge_rik » Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:43 am

Very nice. Thanks for the info about the spectacles. I assume you put the drill on a slow speed? Do you drill from both sides and meet in the middle?

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Re: Time to build a railway...but where?

Post by FWLR » Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:24 am

What a little Beauty Peter.. I would be so proud to have her and I would take her everywhere I went..
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