Watts' - or Volts: a battery loco

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Postby Bilco » Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:10 pm

Gerry Bullock wrote:Looks great Bill, I note that my light sensitive lenses seem to darken when I look at paint job for any length. :wink: 8)


I don't have that problem, Gerry 8)

However, a few washes of dirt and rust should dim down the radioactive glow from the model bench.
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Watts' - or Volts: a battery loco

Postby Bilco » Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:57 pm

Well, what with taking a short break in foreign climes and having the decorators in - not at the same time - I haven't had time to do a lot to the battery loco. However, I have managed to do the preliminary weathering and attach the coupling pockets that the DG couplers will fit into. I also had to do a repair job when the battery box took a tumble and one of the lifting lugs broke off :oops:


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Now I need to tidy things up, dust with some weathering powders, and spray on some Dullcoat and she'll be right. Must paint that control handle on the reostat, too :oops:
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Postby Bilco » Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:14 am

At last I can declare this loco finished. I re-did the rust and scratches before spraying with Dullcote, and even remembered to dust with a random selection of weathering powders.


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Left side from the front - I even remembered to paint the reostat handle. DG couplers fitted after blackening with Carr's look very neat.


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Right side from the rear - definitely a sub-standard repair to that lifting eye, judging from the rust on it.


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A close-up of the cab and controls. Heavy-duty cabling from the battery box and reostat, and a volt meter showing a healthy charge. I'm
not sure what the red and green lights show - perhaps they're connected with the charge level too. Ernie has complained that the brake wheel is a bit low down.



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Ernie in control, deep in thought - probably thinking what he'd like to do to the person who put the brake wheel down there ....
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Postby Glen A » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:00 pm

What a great job!
I do like the rusty scrape marks on the side.
The driver is good too. 8)

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Postby vsmith » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:17 pm

Wow thats a nice one. I'm actually depressed I cannot find that UE drive unit over here, that show is nowhere near as popular as that tank engine fellow is....
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Postby Bilco » Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:47 pm

Many thanks for the kind comments, chaps - I'm just glad to have got this project finished!

vsmith - I think the UE Inspection Car is hard to find in the UK as well - all the cheap deals have been sold.
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Postby franckcombe » Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:14 am

very nice scrashbuilt and beautiful painting !!!

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Re: Watts' - or Volts: a battery loco

Postby DuffieldBank » Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:43 pm

Why oh why did Photobucket have to do what they did? Now I will never be able to build this lovely little engine.

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Re: Watts' - or Volts: a battery loco

Postby Bilco » Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:56 pm

Our team of archaeologists have been digging deep in the bowels of PB to bring long-lost artifacts to light. If they have done the job properly, this link should take you to a Flickr album of photos of the battery loco you desire ...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/149926300 ... 1382120148

If it doesn't, let me know and I'll have another go ... or perhaps tell me where I've gone wrong ....
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Re: Watts' - or Volts: a battery loco

Postby DuffieldBank » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:53 pm

Bilco wrote:Our team of archaeologists have been digging deep in the bowels of PB to bring long-lost artifacts to light. If they have done the job properly, this link should take you to a Flickr album of photos of the battery loco you desire ...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/149926300 ... 1382120148

If it doesn't, let me know and I'll have another go ... or perhaps tell me where I've gone wrong ....


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Re: Watts' - or Volts: a battery loco

Postby DuffieldBank » Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:00 pm

Bilco wrote:I decided that Watts' would need a battery loco. I looked at various photos of prototypes and other models and finally went for a 'generic' battery loco rather than a specific prototype - a sort of 'Clay-Bat'.

I'm using the motor unit from the last UE Inspection Car in my stash :cry:



As these drive units are rather scarce these days, what is the approx. wheelbase and wheel diameter?

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Re: Watts' - or Volts: a battery loco

Postby docnjoj » Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:15 pm

Looks like the real thing. However why did the driver have a lobotomy? Low mine tunnel?
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Re: Watts' - or Volts: a battery loco

Postby Bilco » Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:21 pm

There is a thread here with details of dimesions etc.

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