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by Bilco
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #4
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #4

Right - back to the butchery of the body ... I've re-profiled the sides of the smokebox ... https://i.imgur.com/kGU58es.jpg Added a rear bulkhead ... https://i.imgur.com/jB4DlY3.jpg Cut away the insides of the side tanks, leaving the outer faces waving in the breeze ... https://i.imgur.com/x6s7fWh.j...
by Bilco
Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #4
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #4

At the end of my last posting I said "The rear crankpins are not fixed in place permanently just yet, to allow for final adjustments" ... Little did I know. There was an annoying little catch in the rotation of the wheels at one point, so I enlarged the hole in one end of one of the coupli...
by Bilco
Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 28
Views: 3429

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

Hi Michael, sorry for the delay in getting back to you - my excuse is I didn't see that you'd added to the thread until today ...

I made the loco for someone else, and it was requested in primer. I'm looking forward to seeing the final paint job in due course ...
by Bilco
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #4
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #4

I started last week by making cross-heads and piston rods - paper-clip wire and a bent bit of brass ... https://i.imgur.com/4rD2XF4.jpg ... then slid them onto the slidebars to check clearance of the fixing pin with the crankpin on the front wheel. Disaster - there was over 3mm overlap ... So, Plan ...
by Bilco
Sun Aug 30, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #4
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #4

On with the show - cylinders (with slidebars) made and fitted ... https://i.imgur.com/Ok9h8qN.jpg https://i.imgur.com/xanlK4W.jpg The white blocks locate the chassis accurately (well, as accurately as I do anything) ... https://i.imgur.com/kTIrvvB.jpg https://i.imgur.com/DWFatlQ.jpg https://i.imgur....
by Bilco
Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #4
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #4

After a bit of fancy file work I managed to marry up the frames, chassis, and footplate ...

Image

The over-wide slots for the axles are a tribute to my inability to measure/mark/cut/file accurately ...

Hours of fun ...
by Bilco
Sun Aug 23, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #4
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #4

I've spent the last few days whittling a set of outside frames ... https://i.imgur.com/Eb5Ljwy.jpg https://i.imgur.com/P5wy4Vb.jpg They're made from 0.5mm nickel silver strip, 12mm wide. I thought that styrene would not be strong enough - but it would certainly have been easier to cut out the openin...
by Bilco
Tue Aug 18, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #4
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #4

I have a spare open-frame motor, so that's my first try ... Right, the last crank is fitted and adjusted for quartering ... https://i.imgur.com/R3BHL07.jpg ... and the chassis moves easily - no binding, no hesitation, just a smooth-rolling chassis. I've put superglue on the ends of the extended axle...
by Bilco
Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #4
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #4

Now to fit the Delux Cranks from Markits. First I modified them; I want to use Hornby connecting and coupling rods, and Hornby crankpins. The crankpins supplied are about 1mm diameter - the hole in the rods is about 2.5mm. So, I drilled the crankpin holes out to 1.8mm to take the Hornby pins ... htt...
by Bilco
Sat Aug 15, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #4
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #4

And the next step - fitting the wheels ... https://i.imgur.com/p0KRB3U.jpg ... and the gear wheel https://i.imgur.com/6PxuKga.jpg The Romford wheels and Roxey axles make fixing the wheels securely easy - and quartering isn't a problem at this stage. The gear wheel has to slide onto the axle, althoug...
by Bilco
Fri Aug 14, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #4
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #4

Funny you should mention bearings, Steve ... The first stage of construction after the scenes of destruction - I've fitted Romford 1/8" bearings to the frames ... https://i.imgur.com/nF25TIB.jpg ... and the gear wheel ... https://i.imgur.com/NQQhn3c.jpg I'm working on a plan for the outside fra...
by Bilco
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #4
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #4

WARNING! Contains pictures of extreme violence! Further to my comments on the pickups - this is how they contact the wheels ... https://i.imgur.com/HphHJll.jpg ... I suppose that, in their current form, if they were in the hole central between the wheels they would wouldn't contact wheels too well, ...
by Bilco
Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #4
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Bilco's Bodgements #4

Back at the beginning of the year I saw a little blue 00 gauge 0-4-0 loco on eBay, for a BIN of only £10, I felt rather sorry for it, and thought I might be able to make something from it, so I splurged out some hard-earned pension ... This is what came ... https://i.imgur.com/VRe76A9.jpg https://i....
by Bilco
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #3
Replies: 24
Views: 2044

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #3

Chris, Peter - many thanks for your encouraging comments. I have left it (almost) alone - it's had a couple of coats of Dull-Cote, and some Citadel Leadbelcher dry-brushed on strategic points for wear. I'm now declaring this Bodgement finished ... https://i.imgur.com/ErXhBCp.jpg https://i.imgur.com/...
by Bilco
Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #3
Replies: 24
Views: 2044

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #3

Many thanks for the suggestions, chaps - I used to be able to do weathering, before I got into the Heywood thing and kept the models pristine ... Anyway, Mrs Bilco is a calligrapher, and has a nifty little pencil-shaped rubber for correcting mistakes. It also removes excess black slosh, so I worked ...
by Bilco
Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #3
Replies: 24
Views: 2044

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #3

I've been involved in major constructions in the garden, as well as having people in to re-roof the conservatory - aka my workspace - so there's been plenty of time to consider the (lack of) success for the first attempt at toning down the virulent yellow. Having failed with the white mist, I opted ...
by Bilco
Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #3
Replies: 24
Views: 2044

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #3

Well, after risking serious retinal damage every time I looked at the beast I decided that Something Must Be Done ... After a few trials I went for a misting spray of white paint, trying to get the effect of sun faded yellow, with fading more apparent on the upper surfaces ... https://i.imgur.com/42...
by Bilco
Tue Jul 14, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #3
Replies: 24
Views: 2044

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #3

Well, the paint arrived early last week - as there are lots of little corners and awkward areas on the body I ordered a rattle can and a bottle of the same colour - BR Warning Panel Yellow. The first job was to brush-paint all over to cover every crevice, and two coats in the cab, as I could see tha...
by Bilco
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #3
Replies: 24
Views: 2044

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #3

Hi Adam - the seller doesn't appear to have any items on eBay at the moment.
by Bilco
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #3
Replies: 24
Views: 2044

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #3

As I feared, I've run out of the yellow paint I want to use on this bodgement. I use Railmatch paints, from Howes of Oxford. Their shop is a 10 minute drive from my house - but the shop isn't open to shoppers, so I've had to order it online, and wait for the postman to deliver it ... Meanwhile, I've...
by Bilco
Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #3
Replies: 24
Views: 2044

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #3

I really look forward to that, Chris - and not too far in the future, I hope ... Much of the recent bodgement has involved those annoying little bits of styrene, and the odd little bit of brass rod, too ... https://i.imgur.com/n8oA7vF.jpg All the major bits just propped together at the moment, with ...
by Bilco
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #3
Replies: 24
Views: 2044

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #3

After the last session I stuck a layer of 0.5mm styrene over the footplate, leaving a small overhang. Then I started on the motor casisng, making a grill on the front with bits of L section styrene, and some more 0.5mm around it ... https://i.imgur.com/dKZwmwB.jpg Then I made up a little casing to f...
by Bilco
Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #3
Replies: 24
Views: 2044

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #3

Nothing so straightforward as that, Steve. I expect that, like me. you pick up plastic things 'that might come in useful one day' for modelling and squirrel them away. Recently, I found this ... https://i.imgur.com/gIRFUuI.jpg After emptying out the cocktail sticks the two pieces were put to one sid...
by Bilco
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #3
Replies: 24
Views: 2044

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #3

Finally, fitting the motor and pickups ... https://i.imgur.com/tfLOxgp.jpg The centre section of the chassis is built up with pieces of styrene so that the motor is at a height where the worms and pinions mesh properly ... https://i.imgur.com/TxqoAvK.jpg Then the motor is fixed in position with cyan...
by Bilco
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #3
Replies: 24
Views: 2044

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #3

On with the chassis ... The axles are 2mm or thereabouts, but the pre-drilled holes in the plastic chassis seem to be 2.5mm, so the axles were a very sloppy fit. In a bid to fix this I glued rectangles of 1mm styrene inside the chassis and drilled them 2.3mm - 2mm was too small, and that was the nex...

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