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Discussion in 'Area 51' started by Scale7JB, 15 April 2010.
They convert easily to S7 mate I recently converted a BR version from Dapol.
I was kinda hoping you would say that!!
Can I pass it over to convert? No rush as I know you're a bit busy at the moment..
I can do it, but it will be nearer Christmas more likely, with my impending move ( looks like the end of September ) I have moved my machinery out already into store .
That's good to know Colin.
I presume you machined the original wheels and if so, what are clearances like inside the splashers afterwards please?
That LT pannier is nice to see at last.
That is certainly an awful lot for the money - too much indeed?
You will have to remove those rather peculiarly flaccid vac as well as the seriously undernourished steam heat pipes...?!
@Yorkshire Dave was telling me the very same thing at Telford on Saturday when I saw his in the flesh!
I wholly concur - a pannier tank in 'proper' livery.
I have already attacked mine to achieve the ingrained grime seen later in their lives. The vacuum and steam heat pipes will be removed and the flat tripcock pipework will be replaced. Not forgetting the cab curtains used to keep the smoke out when operating in the tunnels.
The GW lamp irons were replaced with BR standard ones (as LT did) and the bunker fire iron hooks reduced to three for L.94 (the remainder of the locos had four). I also made up a set of duty number boards as carried post 1967 and improved the cab roof to match the prototype.
I think the hardest job will be sourcing a set of LT loco crew as their driver and fireman uniforms were different from BR.
Slowly working through the engines after much testing on Love Lane, and a few improvements here and there..
Back in the day (almost a previous life) when I was regularly going to West Mersea, I opted for milled rods for the J39, but they are very flat and void of detail, and so they have been on the to do list for about 10 years, and now seems as good a time as any..
Was it worth 4 1/2 hours though? Maybe..
Just need to do the other side now
I hope it takes you a lot less than 41/2 halfs
So do I, though the other side has the lubricator linkage on the centre driver so that will need some work too.
Soldering ends to spare material, cutting out and filing to correct profile - 1.5 hours.
Quicker than last time I think, but can see how time mounts up..
6 holes and a gradient pin - 45 mins.
2 hours 15 mins so far.
Nice work JB.
Is that black between the fluting to prevent excess solder sticking to the rod?
I read somewhere that a marker pen works a good as chemical blacking for that, so have been doing that of late and it seems OK.
If you see the first picture of the J39 above, the black on the fluting is just the previous weathering that didn't need removing.
I haven't tried using marker pen for solder masking, but it's definitely handy for any small areas where paint has chipped off. I also used it a few years back when I had some stainless steel number plates come through. The loco was going into a competition the next morning and had to think outside the box, and it seems to work as a primer too.
Okay, definitely worth the work on this side.
It's been waiting so long for some tlc that I thought I would treat it to a scale hardware bolt head on the linkage.
It's been a breath of fresh air to get back to some loco detailing after all the recent wagons and coaches, and of course chassis repairs.
Is this from the Connoisseur kit?
Thanks Peter, yes one of Jim's kits.
As with all his kits, it falls together. However, milled rods, and Laurie Griffin valve gear added. There is just too much clear view under the boiler to not have anything moving.
I thought I could see something special up there between the frames.
The one I built for my brother doesn't have the valve gear, but well worth adding on this loco,with such a clear view below the boiler. But hey, Im just getting started on compensation after 30 years, so maybe inside valve gear will come at some point.
Peter, the inside valve gear isn't as tricky as you might think, especially for a man of your skills, I think you'd be fine. Just don't try and retro fit it to a loco already built. The N7's are proving a nightmare!