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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