Upgrading the Accucraft Adams Radial Tank

Discussion in 'G1/32' started by Thirtysecond, 27 November 2020.

  1. Thirtysecond

    Thirtysecond Western Thunderer

    Well, to Chris Tolhurst and I the Adams Radial tank is second in Victorian elegance only to the Adams T3. Accucraft bought this model out in a variety of liveries and with the two boiler variants earlier this year. The model being gas poker fired limits what could be done in terms of improvements to our two models but even with that restriction there are many areas, cosmetic and working, where there's room for "polishing". Here is one of the two models when finished.
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    If anybody's interested I can go through some of the things we did which included:

    Add cylinder drains and dummy drain cocks

    Improve the chimney

    Add an Enots valve

    Draw file the coupling and connecting rods

    Improve the look and fit of the coal load

    Increase gas capacity

    Move gauge glass and its drain valve

    Move lubricator tank

    Add a detailed, glazed cab with a scale reverser
    Last edited: 27 November 2020
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  2. David Halfpenny

    David Halfpenny Western Thunderer

    :) I'm interested in how you did all of it, Derek !
  3. Thirtysecond

    Thirtysecond Western Thunderer

    Installing Cylinder Drains

    There is a convenient groove in the cylinder blocks which, with a sliding rod added, and ports drilled through to the cylinder ends, formed the basis of cylinder drain valves. On the real thing there is an external rod which operates the drain valves. This is not on the model and had to be added. A linkage was taken through to the cab via a pivot crank on the weigh shaft. The linkage operates both the working valves and dummy drain valves. In the cab the drain operating lever was replicated exactly.

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  4. Thirtysecond

    Thirtysecond Western Thunderer

    Better use of the bunker space:

    Improving the scale look of the cab:

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