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Postby adamc » Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:55 pm

Youtube certainly has gone all privacy orientated, also realised that background TV is a bit off putting. The last one is of the smaller two wheel drive BEC.

Also quite correct about ballast as well, not strictly an even test.

Also to note is that the bachmann is never quite 100% in starting off and sometimes needs some divine intervention. I'm going to tackle the wheel cleaning with some more IPA and hopefully get the scales out.

Plus a pic or two coming showing them without bodywork

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Postby adamc » Tue Sep 23, 2014 12:35 am

A pic of all 4 lined up. I also weighed a DMU153 00/HO that I have and that came in around the 360g mark, whilst the tenshodo with the gnat body was only around the 90g mark. So that means the DMU should have about 180g or twice the weight over each bogie. It certainly has a more solid feel as it starts which I am sure alleviates the tendency for these to jack rabbit off the line. So the quest this weekend is to source plenty of lead !

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Postby rue_d_etropal » Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:15 am

would also be interesting to see comparison tests for the other motor bogies such as the Black Beetle, as well as Bachmann tram chassis, both the On30 and the HO ones, and the Bachmann trackster chassis used in the bus. The Bachmann ones are complete ones with built in weight, so should have been designed to use without modification.
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Postby adamc » Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:21 pm

Ah sadly the budget hasnt got to one of those yet.

However a wheel cleaning excercise is underway , the bachmann bogie still looks a little dirty. So I invested in a trix wheel cleaner, clever bit of kit. Basically wire brush bristles in a stand that you sit on the track. The loco goes on top and you hold it in place while applying power. Its as if its going along on wire brush rails. Before during and after pics, really cleaned them up nice and shiny, plus a little IPA to move the gunk.

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Postby adamc » Sat Sep 27, 2014 1:31 pm

The lead arrived, had to make do with some from a leaded light shop, does the job.
Pretty much got as much as I could in and it certainly runs nicer now. Doesnt jerk when pulling away and you can feel the bite point as it were when it starts.


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Re: Bullers Quay

Postby adamc » Tue Jun 16, 2015 11:43 pm

It's been a while and Bullers was a hoot, but now fancy a change. So the plan is to have a new layout, probably about 12' x 2' with a station at one end with a passing loop and the other a quayside. Sort of timesaver one side, and Inglenook the other with a 3 lane fiddle yard in the middle under a hill. In front a large incline from the station end. Tested so far a 4" climb over 4 feet seems to be manageable for a single loco and will probably scratch build a 4 wheel DMU/Railcar.

Mocked up the station layout to get a handle on the wiring needed and spacing. Already quite fun but the passing loop needs a little more length as well adjustment of the kadee magnet couplers.

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Re: Bullers Quay

Postby adamc » Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:10 am

new speeder !
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Postby adamc » Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:11 am

trying to find some 0 gauge axel boxes I bought and make some hand controls then the paint

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Postby docnjoj » Mon Jun 22, 2015 6:58 pm

That is cute. What powers it. The O-gauge axle boxes are a great idea. Where did you buy them?
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Postby adamc » Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:03 pm

thanks, that one is powered by a BEC 2wd chassis, its more than capable for the job and quite sturdy. Axle boxes if I can ever find them were just bought at a show , but so far elude capture.

I've also been looking at other HAWE type trucks and particularly liked the Herman wooning HAWE on http://www.nmld.nl/nl/object/1365

I've got this far and its powered by the tenshodo spud, its very low and I've avoided the slab sides this time and gone for the girder and wood look of the original. Driver faces the flatbed and holds on to the T-Bar. Funnily enough I am trying to balance the weight of the driver with lead slung underneath where the battery box at the front lives. Trying to find some more scraps to fashion the wheel blocks again for this before I put some paint and weather onto it.
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Postby adamc » Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:09 pm

It's a bit closer to these in fact
http://www.nmld.nl/nl/object/1233
or this one with the wooden bed http://www.nmld.nl/nl/object/2258

the new layout is going to have some greenhouses , ostensibly for tomato's but these do come from Holland

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Re: Bullers Quay

Postby adamc » Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:23 pm

going to attempt to clay mould a figure and then cast them, so far only a resemblance to terminator !

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Postby adamc » Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:23 am

quick paint update
1st a quick paint over
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then some ink wash, a bit of weather powder and a matt varnish
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then add driver and shunt!
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Re: Bullers Quay

Postby adamc » Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:44 pm

Just block painted the Hank motor and will need to finish the chassis and repaint the red buffers, not keen with that. XF-79 tamiya linoleum brown with a very weak black ink wash for the wood.

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Postby Nevadablue » Thu Nov 26, 2015 4:31 am

Bravo! :D
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Postby docnjoj » Thu Nov 26, 2015 2:08 pm

Very cool! I really like your home built guys! Have you ever cast them too?
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Re: Bullers Quay

Postby adamc » Fri Nov 27, 2015 12:06 am

Ah, the figures are not mine I have to say. I'm still at the wire armature stage and nothing has yet looked remotely human!

The figures are all from http://www.modeltown.co.uk/ the chap in the white coat was http://www.modeltown.co.uk/shopping/sit ... en-1368089 with the addition of boots and coat extended with filler putty.

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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Wed Jan 13, 2016 1:29 pm

Tamiya linoleum brown, going to have to remember that color.
Black radiator is a nice touch.
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Postby adamc » Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:58 am

More figures arrived, think I might have to revisit the idea of making a layout again. For some obscure reason I'm wanting to motorise the coppers head...

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Postby Nevadablue » Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:21 am

I like the motorize idea. I want to try animating a driver sometime.
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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Mon Jan 18, 2016 6:47 pm

adamc wrote:For some obscure reason I'm wanting to motorise the coppers head...
Hmm, what could someone, maybe the railway?, be doing that he would be standing there shaking his head at?
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Re: Bullers Quay

Postby adamc » Tue Jan 19, 2016 12:40 am

train spotter !!

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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Tue Jan 19, 2016 5:16 pm

:lol: Now that you mention train spotters, an idea pops in for a great little scene with 2 or 3 custom figures: they would be equipped with both still and movie cameras; a stack of reference books and notebooks; a tape measure, maybe even in use,
Would be interesting to see how people react to such a scene if/when layout is at an exhibition.
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