Friday, August 26, 2016

Dumb buffers made of wood


Narrow gauge locos don't often have buffers outside of Talylln land. Mostly there is some sort of chunky centre coupling. The Barclay kit comes with some brass fold-up buffers and these look suitably industrial, so I decided to use them. 

Except that in real life I suspect they would be made of wood rather than solid metal.

Not a problem, in the material stash there is some strips of hardwood. I removed the buffer sides and stuck the faces to the wood. Once dry, this was sawn and sanded to match. 

For extra industrial appearance, I added bolt heads using fine brass pins. These are fitted into holes drilled in the face and wooden bloc but not through the buffer beam. Doing what I did cost me 3 drill bits which is plenty thank you. 

To be honest, I'm not sure about the bolts. Surely they would stop the buffer faces sliding? However, I found real locos fitted with them and the metal faces would have to be held in place some how. It's not likely that they'd have used a big pot of epoxy glue!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Plumbing the cab


Cab plumbing is simple enough - some (supplied) 0.8mm copper wire is fitted into  0.85mm holes drilled in the lost wax castings fitted in the cab. A few dots of superglue hold everything in place. 

Drilling cast brass requires a nice sharp bit. The first one I tried wasn't man enough for the job but a change to a fresher tool allowed me to carry on even though I was using a pin vice rather than a power tool. Am I the only one who can't be bothered to plug something in for jobs like this?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Warehouse Wednesday - Square chimney

Modern Chimney

A few weeks ago, I was asked if I had any pictures of chimneys. 

Digging through my photos, I was amazed to discover that you could count the number found on one hand's thumbs. Since then, I've become a little obsessed with photographing tall stacks. 

One of the more unusual is found in Wolverhampton - this square (and very modelable) structure appears to be made out of a pile of concrete cast squares. I'm sure I used to have something similar in plastic as a toy many years ago.

I'd say that while it looks modern, it might date back to the 1970s, but would be happy to be corrected by anyone who knows more. I'd also be interested to know if it's unique.  



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sandbox handles


Normally once I start sticking castings on a locomotive, the model begins to come to life, but not this time. The odd proportions of this beast mean the chimney and dome don't add nearly as much as they would on a "normal" loco. 

Still, I'm quite pleased with the sandbox handles. Each is the top of a brass pin superglued in the hole. 

To ensure each is the same height, I gripped them in a pair of tweezers and shot the glue with kicker. This seemed to fix them but give me enough time to extract the tweezers.