Saturday, 25 September 2010

Class 20 first run video

Today I gave the 20 its first test run, fortunately it worked perfectly first time. With hindsight I should probably given it a test run during earlier constructions phases, but all is well that ends well..

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And the video

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Light coat of weathering

The handrails are now finished and painted, including those either side of the doors. I then gave it a light dusting of sleeper grime to start the weathering process.

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John

Control Circuit for the 20

KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) well that's the theory. So the control for the 20 is more or less the same as the 25, a motor, batteries and a switch. In fact this is a little more complicated in that the switch is DPDT with a centre off position, so this loco can go in reverse !!

A rare few shots of the underside... Note that there are a pair of holes at either end for the bogies to pivot on, for static pictures I use the external pair but this reduces the turning circle due to the front of the bogie fouls the body slightly. The inner set of pivots gives a little more clearance.

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All the electricary, the connector block is for the wires from the motor bogie to go into

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The wheels are obviously "under gauge" but that is disguised when its the other way up as the bogie frames are wider.

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Finally I added some door handles

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John

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Handrails for the class 20

I've been trying to decide on the best (read cheapest) way of making handrails with brackets, and finally settled on plastic rod.

Start with several short and long lengths
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Then after filling a notch in the end of the long pieces a short piece is glued across to make a "T"

When dry the cross bar of the "T" is filed to be flush with the leg, at this point it doesn't look like "T" anymore (see the one on its own on the right)

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After drilling holes in the body to push the hand rail holder in the rail is threaded through the ends

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The hand rails on the face were much easy, just bend and fit into pre drilled holes


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John



Sunday, 19 September 2010

Details

Slowly adding the details, glazing, wipers, dividers on side windows domino dots bits and bobs under the headcode.

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John

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Orange Stripe

It may not seem like a big job, but it wasn't half fiddly !!

I have applied the orange line round the top, I considered painting it but chickened out. So I stopped off at my local sign makers, and cadged an off cut of orange vinyl tape, its self adhesive and just needed cutting into 1.5mm strips.

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Note that Pointing Man has turned up too !!!!

John

Monday, 13 September 2010

Making buffers in plasticard

When I built my 25, I struggled to come up with a way of cutting plasticard into discs. It had me stumped for days ! and then I came up with a real simple solution... 4pence tooling :)

Step One
Super glue four 1 pence pieces to a strip of styrene.

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Step Two
Using a blade score straight lines round the penny, then with a pair of pliers snap the surplus off. You need to hold the penny to the card.

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Step Three
Dress the edge with a file using the penny as a file guide (yes you may damage the penny !)

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Step Four
A final tidy with a nail emery board. and the front edge is given a slight rad.

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Finally
Flip over and solvent weld a tube on the back, this tube has an Outside diameter the same as the Inside diameter of the one the cab

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Then its a push fit onto the body

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John

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Railfreight Logo

The white sticky labels have been in the printer again this evening ! 
This time to make some Railfreight cab side logos.
I have also applied numbers. I had some white vinyl letters that I used on the 25 so rather than getting black ones I used a permanent marker to colour them in, before peeling them of the backing sheet!

 


This side has also had the white window frame added but the black needs some tidying up at the edges still.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Logo on the 20

This evening I have been playing with a logo, I already had a small version for the 25 which I enlarged to the right size. I then inverted the colours so the bit I wanted was white leaving the background grey. Finally I printed it on some white paper, self adhesive labels.

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These were stuck on and given a coat of satin spray varnish to seal them.

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John

paint job on the 20

The basic colours are now in place, but will need some rework, in particular the red which is still somewhat transparent.

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Following the yellow, the next colour up was the Railmatch Grey for the sides, which like the yellow was applied from a rattle can in very thin coats "force" dried with a hair drier, then another coat applied until an even coverage was achieved. The grey went on last night.

This morning the sides were masked a the lighter grey roof was done (actually primer grey) several proto pictures show the livery as having the same grey on the sides as on the roof, but the picture I am working from HERE shows the lighter roof.

Early afternoon the red stripe was added with a brush, the black was also applied by brush, both these colours need a bit of tidying up for depth and edges, but I'm not going to push my luck to far, it really needs a chance to all harden of now.

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Next job is to work on some "arrows of indecision" for on the sides.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Yellow ends

First step to a new paint job... Yellow ends


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I need some railfreight grey now !

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Last coat of Prime (I hope)

I haven't made many posts of late. I decided it wasn't that interesting to show the results of rubbing, priming, rubbing priming !!! As I have been trying to get a surface finish I was happy with. I think the other reason for all the rubbing and priming was to put off doing the next bit. I wouldn't say I had lost my modelling Mojo, more I had come to a point of the build that I couldn't work out the best way forward. The circular fan grill on the top !

The 25 I di has quite a chunky grill, the 20 proto has a fine grill with a circular frame Mmmmmm....

Then it came to me when I was cutting a piece of drain pipe today, the 50mm circular frame could be a slice of 50mm water pipe. As for the grill I started looking in my garage and found just what I needed, some plaster board jointing skrim :)

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Glued on the top with a cross support made from a couple of styrene strips

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Then a quick rub down and wash followed by what i hope is a final coat of primer.

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Once its all dry I can now move on.. Yellow then I need to get some Railfreight grey

Friday, 3 September 2010

Its Friday !

Its been a somewhat hectic week in the land of RJR. Work wise I have teamed up with a friend for a few days to collaborate on a office remodel in the centre of Manchester. Its been quite a slog. Removing the partition walls went pretty quickly but carrying the debris out to the skip was a killer, We both had other jobs to keep on top of, so a couple of evenings were spent working else where independently.

As a consequence very little modelling has been done in the shed. But on a modelling note after some phone discussions I visited a model making company in the Manchester area this morning to look at their set up and discuss doing contract work for them, when they are busy. The meeting went well and I am excited to get involved  in the coming weeks. It will be nice to have the odd day modelling as a job, mixed in with my normal day to day full size construction work.

John

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