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Fireless crane

Postby lesmond » Mon May 08, 2017 8:00 pm

There is a very naughty man on the Narrow Gauge Forum by the name of "Andy in Germany". In the course of discussion he came up with this delightful thing:

** Picture to follow **

which made me think that Huge Tools could do with something similar for loading their wares into barges at the wharf. The build has also been documented on the "other" forum, but as its Gn15 it would be rude not to mention it here as well.

The plan is to use the chassis at the back left of this picture:

Image2017-04-30 19.42.41 by lesmond2009, on Flickr

with the bits sticking up from the current footplate removed with the aid of a Dremel and a file and a replacement made from styrene added.

I mocked up this:

Image2017-05-07 18.18.48 by lesmond2009, on Flickr

seen here on the chassis from the tank wagon, however the pressure vessel is too small to look right. A piece of plastic drain pipe will be the better job. The uprights to support some of the weight of the crane are from an ex Airfix signal gantry kit, and seem to be about right.

That's it so far.

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Re: Fireless crane

Postby lesmond » Mon May 15, 2017 8:13 pm

So, quite a lot of progress.

The Hornby chassis met the Dremel cutting disk, and lost everything above the footplate:

Image2017-05-09 19.41.51 by lesmond2009, on Flickr

It was then glued on to a replacement footplate, 2" wide by 5" long, so 2 scale feet wide and ten long. A Plastruct solebar was added, and lead glued to the underside as well in the apertures in the chassis:

Image2017-05-13 11.10.24 by lesmond2009, on Flickr

Image2017-05-13 11.10.05 by lesmond2009, on Flickr

Slow running is now excellent with the extra weight.

I've since made and fitted buffer beams, and made a saddle for the drain pipe pressure vessel as well as the cab back:

Image2017-05-14 20.21.33 by lesmond2009, on Flickr

Next is the spectacle plate....

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Re: Fireless crane

Postby Mark Goodwin » Tue May 16, 2017 3:50 am

Hi Les,

Looking good and I can't wait to see the updates.
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Re: Fireless crane

Postby PeterH » Tue May 16, 2017 7:46 am

Looking good.
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Re: Fireless crane

Postby Carlo » Tue May 16, 2017 1:34 pm

Hello, Les - I may have missed it, and I've been away from Gn15 for years,
but ezzakly what Hornby chassis are you using, and where can I get one (USA or on-line)?
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Re: Fireless crane

Postby lesmond » Wed May 17, 2017 12:36 pm

Thanks for the kind words, chaps.

Carlo, the base loco is one of these:

** Photo to follow **

The Hornby number is R255. I chose it mainly because I like the colour of the wheels :).

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Re: Fireless crane

Postby lesmond » Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:49 pm

There has been a fair bit of of progress since the last update.

The spectacle plate is made, as is the pressure vessel, which has acquired laser cur mdf ends, as well as a cut out to fit over the mechanism.

Image2017-06-26 20.20.18 by lesmond2009, on Flickr

I've made the cladding for it from styrene strip, embossed with rivet detail. This was curved by immersion in boiling water for a few minutes while held around a length of pipe with rubber bands.

Image2017-06-26 20.15.59 by lesmond2009, on Flickr

Image2017-06-26 19.56.00 by lesmond2009, on Flickr

A start has also been made at the uprights for the crane:

Image2017-07-01 18.15.42 by lesmond2009, on Flickr
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Re: Fireless crane

Postby PeterH » Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:20 pm

A joy to behold.
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Re: Fireless crane

Postby Jon Randall » Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:19 pm

Yes, very interesting 8)
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Re: Fireless crane

Postby lesmond » Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:54 am

Thank you :)
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Re: Fireless crane

Postby docnjoj » Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:03 am

That is going to be a cool loco! Go Les!
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Re: Fireless crane

Postby lesmond » Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:34 pm

Thank you, otherDoc - I'm enjoying building it :)
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Re: Fireless crane

Postby lesmond » Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:16 pm

Not a whole lot more done as I've been busy with the wiring for Huge Tools, but I did make the steam charging bits for the front of the pressure vessel, using bits from the OO Ratio "oil tanks" kit and the Airfix / Dapol turntable kit.

Image2017-07-16 18.45.19 by lesmond2009, on Flickr

This is it held on temporarily. Valve wheels are still to add:

Image2017-07-22 14.56.04 by lesmond2009, on Flickr

Couplers have also been added.

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Re: Fireless crane

Postby Kerluk » Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:37 pm

Looking very good. Can't wait to see the updates.
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