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Offline cabbage

Re: On board brains
« on: Sep 01 2018 13:08 »
The time has come to put down the soldering iron and stir the paint...

What originally started out as a black five has morphed into a Jubilee style locomotive... I think it looks drop dead gorgious in red primer and I have a (small) amount of genuine LMS Crimson Lake or a source of Coronation Scot "Markeaton Red"... I do not want to paint it black. Neither do I feel that I want "Brunswick Green", although I feel that I would accept that. My Son has suggested the railway is an parallel universe where 1949 never happened and I can have LMS painted locos in 1962(!)

Does anyone have an "out" ???

Regards

Ralph





Offline Doddy

Re: On board brains
« Reply #1 on: Sep 01 2018 15:00 »
It's your railway Ralph!

I do like it though, and you have a precedent for a red black five - and an 8F!  ;D



"You don't know what you don't know"

Offline cabbage

Re: On board brains
« Reply #2 on: Sep 16 2018 11:28 »
Having stirred the jamjar and thinned it with turpentine to 3 seconds...

I get this!!!





The second coat is drying and already the Lake is starting to look "black" as it is not returning a colour -just the glossy mirror. I have three more coats to do and then hope there is enough left to do the tender when I have built it...

Regards

Ralph
« Last Edit: Feb 01 2019 09:55 by John Candy »

Offline Sleeper Agent

Re: On board brains
« Reply #3 on: Feb 01 2019 01:20 »
Found this thread a bit late but just to mention it an alternative to Brunswick would of been the Apple Green coat applied to one of the Black Five line up shortly after nationalisation.
https://www.stationroadsteam.com/5-inch-gauge-stanier-black-5-apple-green-livery-stock-code-2248/

Sticking with red there is this oddball as well ;)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HDxEUUxmzM

Anywho last photo of your scratch is looking quite nice I must say  :D

Offline cabbage

Re: On board brains
« Reply #4 on: Feb 01 2019 12:45 »
As my father would have said "There is the strange, the weird, the frankly unbelievable -and then there is reality..." Now if I had known of this before starting out I would have fealt a lot easier. Now I can save my little jamjar of paint for another couple of locos -which were also black!

Construction of the tender has had to be halted because of the season and temperature. No one in their right mind solders in a kitchen with a 6.6Kg tank and a  7kW propane torch!!!

But hopefully some progress during the spring. Currently the tank and track are buried under snow and frost.

Regards

Ralph

Offline cabbage

Re: On board brains
« Reply #5 on: Jul 14 2019 19:20 »
After a "slight delay" due not to leaves on the line but a heart attack I have re-opened the shoe box of parts for my (red) Black Five. I had assemvled the brass work with a soldering iron and 60/40 solder. Now it was time to start using Easyflo and steel...







How the suspension and axle control parts work I have yet to find out...

Regards

Ralph

Offline cabbage

Re: On board brains
« Reply #6 on: Jul 17 2019 07:02 »
Most of yesterday was spent drilling the holes in the frames and chassis plates. I used my Proxxon drill which is only 33% duty so a lot of time was spent looking at plans. The laser punch throughs are harder than the normal steel so I had to nurse my collection of 1mm bits. Alas they are all dead now...

Regards

Ralph

Offline cabbage

Re: On board brains
« Reply #7 on: Jul 18 2019 13:55 »
This is as far as I have got today... I had retiniopathy treatment yesterday and well it still doesn't feel normal yet. So it was out with the torch and a bit of soldering. Heat it until is is just red and stab it in the corners with rod and flux - no accuracy required!!!








The shot show the internal chassis spacers for the tender frame. A bit fiddly as they will only go together and have to be soldered as a unit...

Regards

Ralph

Offline cabbage

Re: On board brains
« Reply #8 on: Jul 19 2019 00:39 »
A little bit later and dozens of nuts on the floor!









Regards

Ralph

Offline cabbage

Re: On board brains
« Reply #9 on: Jul 19 2019 12:29 »
Lunchtime -cheese cob and a mug of rosy! All the bolts have been fitted and nitted up with a little green loctite. The rivets were a pain, they are called snaps for the simple reason that once you have hit your fingers (again!) they end up flying through the window...





Aftet lunch some "pruning" with a jewellers saw.

Regards

Ralph

Offline cabbage

Re: On board brains
« Reply #10 on: Jul 19 2019 13:56 »
Jusy add water...





How I am going to fix the tender body to the chassis -I haven't yet decided... There has to be access to the speaker system and maybe some additional batteries?

Regards

Ralph

Offline cabbage

Re: On board brains
« Reply #11 on: Jul 20 2019 13:39 »
A dunk in the degreaser, a once over with grey acrylic primer and this is what the tender chassis looks like. A vast improvement on the burnt and loctite dripping thing of prior shots!





All the "special metals primer" has set solid so I plugged a few gaps in the tender body with some Milliput. These will be smoothed over with P38 and cellulose stopping compound before they get a layer of grey primer on them.

Nothing to do now while things dry and set...

Regards

Ralph
« Last Edit: Jul 20 2019 19:16 by John Candy »

Offline John Branch

Re: On board brains
« Reply #12 on: Jul 20 2019 15:39 »
methinks that chassis is never coming apart again!