Archive for December, 2017

Continuous 1649 Development

Posted on December 23, 2017. Filed under: Project progress |

The main body parts, with the exception of the bunker, are now fretted out, riveted and formed.

1649 171220 4617       “Panniers do maketh the tank”

The small section of pannier (bottom left) is the original trial forming piece and now acts as a jig to produce the end blanking plates and internal formers of the two full-length panniers. The smokebox is soldered up and is a sliding fit on the boiler, which is held in shape by twists of silver plated copper wire.

1649 171222 4621       Trial assembly

The boiler seams are now soldered and the panniers are bolted to the cab. After trimming the internal pannier formers so the boiler can slide through and bolt to the cab, the pannier front plates can be fretted to size and soldered in.

Then it’s a question of checking the fit and confirming the main measurements. At some stage I will have to tackle the bunker, but not yet.

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GWR(BR) 1649 Pannier Tank

Posted on December 16, 2017. Filed under: Project progress |

I’ve picked up the Dornoch branch engine project again.

In 2014 I rolled a trial section of boiler and bent up a test length of the pannier tanks in my then new Vee block. This time I’m hoping to make a basic, running loco before running out of steam.

1649 171216 4610       All riveted and good to go

The scratch body with Nu-Cast whitemetal castings will sit on a Branchlines kit chassis. Having a ready-made set of frames was a boost and I made (for me) rapid progress on the footplate sub-assembly.

After a chat with Chris Gibbon of High Level I chose a LoLoader 68:1 gearbox, which I will try out with a 1990s high-revving Mashima open frame motor from the old MRJ Manning Wardle project. The small wheels of 1649 and low footplate, with the rear axle 4mm behind the cab front, may mean some surgery later.

The main objective in this first week was to design a kit of body parts, which meant filling in the gaps in my understanding of how the real thing was put together. The preserved 1638 has been well photographed and I soon found a couple of photos showing the plate work joining the two pannier tanks over the boiler. These nicely complement the photographs and drawings I was given when starting the project (thanks, Ian).

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November Progress

Posted on December 1, 2017. Filed under: Monthly progress |

An exhibition certainly highlights the flaws in a layout. After the dress rehearsal at the beginning of the month, we all sat down and talked over how it had gone. I then took a break from modelling for a whole week.

KoS Mk 3 3 171104 Ian Johnson

In summary, I think the presentation is getting there, but the operation could do with improvement. I’ve  now done some of the work, though I expect the majority of it will have to wait until after Christmas. Meanwhile, an unusual visitor was spotted passing through Culrain.

Unusual Visitor 171104 Ian Johnson       D6327 returning clay empties to Cornwall

I am very grateful to Ian Johnson (Grogley Junction) for both photographs.

Paul Bambrick continues to support the layout with a couple of pictures, and some encouraging comments about the landscape techniques used, in Latest News 12th November of http://bambrickstudio.co.uk/, and a black and white picture of 54495 back in July. All good PR for Railex.

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