Sebastapol: Broad Gauge Rover

Discussion in 'WR Action' started by Dikitriki, 25 July 2020.

  1. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad


    Finishing the chassis off...

    The inside motion is all removable. The driving wheel springs on the chassis unscrew and the axle is dropped with the hornblocks. The slidebar unit unscrews from the top of the chassis.





    The finished chassis all back together.




    In truth, I started with the finished chassis and stripped it back for painting, taking photos as I went.

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  2. Scale7JB

    Scale7JB Western Thunderer

    Looks great, Richard!

  3. Heather Kay

    Heather Kay Western Thunderer

    Indeed it does. I’m still not going to build the one that’s here. My client and I have come to an understanding over this. ;)
  4. michael mott

    michael mott Western Thunderer

    Beautiful clean work Richard.

  5. dibateg

    dibateg Western Thunderer

    Excellent - look at all that space for the inside cranks and motion!

  6. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    Moving back to the body.

    The boiler is straightforward, and has plates on the inside with the boiler band cleat lugs on. It took a little bit to make sure the lugs passed cleanly through the cladding, but other than that, there were no issues.


    The boiler bands will go on as part of the paint process.

    The firebox is a pretty robust affair, and a decision needs to be made as to whether the whistles are mouned on the firebox or cab roof. The safety valve base and casing are gold-plated and fitted after painting. It does mean the lever is vulnerable in the meantime.





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  7. Scale7JB

    Scale7JB Western Thunderer

    Is there any chance the half etched band locators will show through under the transfer paper?

  8. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    Hi JB,

    I did wonder about that. However, no builder has commented to me that it has caused a problem, and on the many photos I have seen of finished models, there is no evidence of any distortion of the lining.

  9. Scale7JB

    Scale7JB Western Thunderer

    Thanks Richard.

  10. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad


    The final part of the loco body was the completion of the footplate. The reversing lever is left off until after painting as it is polished metal as is one other handle which has to be attached once the cab is on. The 4 main springs and the axlebox covers are also left off until final assembly.





    And here is one of it mostly together


    That's it until after it comes back from the painter.

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  11. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

    A magnificent beast!
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  12. michael mott

    michael mott Western Thunderer

    What a beautiful looking model.

  13. Scale7JB

    Scale7JB Western Thunderer

    As above. Magnificent.

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  14. GrahameH

    GrahameH Western Thunderer

    Beautiful !
  15. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    Stunning work Richard
  16. Bodger Bill

    Bodger Bill New Member

    Richard, very nice work in deed.

    I was wondering how you produced the widened ends of the handrails. I have taken a detail from one of your photos and added an arrow to indicate the part that I mean.


  17. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    Hi Ian,

    I use a small section of telescopic tube. The one end of the tube is cleaned up square and soldered on in precisely the right place. The other end is cut and filed back to just give the small 'ring' shown.

    It doesn't take long to do, but is a nice finishing touch to the handrail (where such ends exist!)

  18. geoff_nicholls

    geoff_nicholls Western Thunderer

    Would it be possible to take a photo from above, showing how visible the inside motion is, please?
  19. Bodger Bill

    Bodger Bill New Member

    Thanks Richard.

    Like most great ideas, brilliantly simple!

  20. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    Hi Geoff,

    The loco is currently with the painter, so I can't take any more photos until I get it back. I've just checked, and I don't have a suitable photo.

    I will be taking a good few more pictures for my records once it's back together, so I'll post one then.