VANilla - 7mm - ready for painting

Discussion in 'Workbenches, including workshop techniques.' started by 76043, 5 October 2020.

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    76043 Western Thunderer

    Ok, so I realised the push rods were stuck on the wrong way round. Highly annoying having spent ages looking at my prototype pics.

    Minor surgery has been performed and they are now the right way round.

    I've read countless other threads where others have done the same, so am proud to join the push rods round the wrong way club. Doh!

    Tony
     
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    76043 Western Thunderer

    So I finally finished off the chassis on the V14 van. Push rods round the right way, nickle silver tie bars and w-irons are removable. Next up, couplings and buffers, I am hoping to modify the PECO buffers to be sprung with internal springs and not use the balancing wire/arm method they use.

    The bodywork is pretty much ready to glue together, so along with a removable roof, should be finished fairly soon. The last job will be to make the headstock ends angled as the original builder chose the straight end headstocks.

    Tony

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    76043 Western Thunderer

    The PECO GWR V14 van is coming on. Sides and ends on, bracing in, roof on and removable. But I noticed the bar above the doors is missing, so I made a new one with the four distinct bolts on it. Buffers have been converted to internal sprung by putting a thread on the shank and finding a suitable spring for the coupling hooks.

    Tony

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    76043 Western Thunderer

    I thought I'd have a wee review of what I've done so far in O gauge. Not enough room for the lowmac though. This is roughly 25% of my shelf Queen's, so I'm feeling good that shelf Queen's can be tackled in a relatively short time when there's a global pandemic on! :(:)

    Tony

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    76043 Western Thunderer

    Working on the doors for the V14 van. The PECO van has working hinges, which results in no hinge detail and rounded ends to the doors to allow them to open. So styrene filled the rounded ends and made the hinges. Using the Proxxon drill to press out the rivet detail.
    Tony

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    76043 Western Thunderer

    The V14 is coming on. Got the doors on with the hinge detail and the vac pipes on with pipes to the vacuum cylinder. I also glued on the brass buffer shanks. Now just the headstock detailing to do and it's done and ready for painting.

    Tony

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    76043 Western Thunderer

    The LMS and GWR vans are now ready for painting when the weather improves. Couplings will be instanter when finally fitted. The LMS van has got the correct pattern buffers from Invertrain. The GWR van has the wrong pattern brake gear loops and the headstock details are lacking rivets, but life is too short to worry.
    Tony

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