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by Dave Holt
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 67
Views: 6212

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

The bit of train heating pipe mentioned previously has been made and fitted to the chassis, as have the front steps. As etched, the steps are a continuous, single piece going right across the chassis. However, experience with my previous Brassmasters Black 5 shows that the steps need moving outwards...
by Dave Holt
Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 67
Views: 6212

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

So much for my resolve not to add any more under-cab piping! It didn't take long to realize I couldn't leave off the steam brake supply for the tender. It's fairly small bore stuff (0.4 mm on the model) but exits the back of the loco at a much lower level than all the other pipes/hoses, so has a som...
by Dave Holt
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 67
Views: 6212

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Well, I've now completed as much of the under cab pipework as I intend to do. There are a couple of small bore pipes I haven't done - steam brake supply to the tender and, possibly, the tender coal spray, but there's enough to create the impression of several hose connections to fill the gap between...
by Dave Holt
Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 67
Views: 6212

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Good point. The lubricator pipes along the boiler on some WD 2-8-0's is a classic example.
Dave.
by Dave Holt
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 67
Views: 6212

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

I don't anneal the brass wire so it is quite hard to bend, either to small radii or very near to the end. I've stuck with brass because it is available in a wide range of suitable diameters and I try to replicate the different pipe diameters used on the prototype. Although copper, or perhaps anneale...
by Dave Holt
Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 67
Views: 6212

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Vacuum pipe now completed. Another squiggly bit of 0.8 mm brass wire, plus a few other bits and bobs.
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Dave.
by Dave Holt
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 67
Views: 6212

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

The remaining pipework has been added to the live steam injector and a start made on the vacuum train pipe under the driver's side running plate and cab. Although guided by the pipe and rod diagram for the full size loco, I find that bending brass wire in three planes is a process of trial and error...
by Dave Holt
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 67
Views: 6212

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Thanks Robin. It does seem rather a lot of effort when the whole thing is almost hidden from view behind the footstep. The most visible bit is the overflow pipe, so it's ironic that that's one of the aspects that the Brassmasters casting has the other way round - exiting at the back instead of the f...
by Dave Holt
Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 67
Views: 6212

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

The live steam injector has been created from various diameters of brass tube and wire and some 16 BA washers. Amazingly, I managed to assemble the whole thing with high melt flux cored solder without any bits moving or falling off. The injector was than mounted on the back of the etched footstep as...
by Dave Holt
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 120
Views: 16034

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

Robin,
That looks absolutely fine. Have you managed to sort out the other side?
Dave.
by Dave Holt
Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 120
Views: 16034

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

Very nice, Robin. As with the Jubilee, the running is excellent.To me, it looks like the eccentric rod travel is a bit too much. Can you reduce the throw of the return crank or is it fixed now? Must say, I my opinion, original Patriots were ugly looking locos. Are you planning to fit a large taper b...
by Dave Holt
Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 67
Views: 6212

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

The past few days have seen progress with fitting the external sand boxes and sand pipes to the rear of the centre driving wheels, including support brackets for the sand pipes. The piping under the cab and running plate on the fireman's side and the damper operating gear have also been completed. T...
by Dave Holt
Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 67
Views: 6212

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Hurrah! The valve gear is complete and fitted on both sides. Not that it didn't put up a bit of a fight but I've beaten it into submission (for now). Despite the usual precautions of cigarette paper washers, dabs of oil, etc., I still managed to solder on of the expansion links solid in it's frame a...
by Dave Holt
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 67
Views: 6212

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Hi Julian. No mods to the combination levers. This loco had the fluted straight(ish) type. The main mods are the valve spindle cross heads, which I found on some spare cast brass sprues and the expansion links to which I've attached the spacing washers intended for the support frame. This is because...
by Dave Holt
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 67
Views: 6212

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Hi Dave.
Thanks. Yes, I've seen your trials and tribulations with the 4F. As I also have one of these to do, I'll keep a close eye on the issues you raise.
Dave.
by Dave Holt
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 67
Views: 6212

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

It's been quite a while since I posted anything about this loco. That's because there has been virtually no progress, what with the Festive period and a complete loss of motivation and enthusiasm. Anyway, I've started to get back into it now, so things are moving again. Both sets of valve gear have ...
by Dave Holt
Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 102
Views: 30123

Re: Progress with Slattocks Junction

Only travelled down it once, and never up, in all the times we used the train from Oldham (Central) to Manchester. It would have been 1957 or 8 and my mother and I were on an epic train journey to Thurso, in the winter. It was already pitch black when, after leaving Werneth, we didn't arrive at Holl...
by Dave Holt
Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Bristol Barrow Road
Replies: 120
Views: 16034

Re: Bristol Barrow Road

Robin.
Looking good - you can't have too many Jubilees. If they all run as well as David Clarke's example, I'm sure you'll be well pleased.
Best wishes for Christmas & New Year.
Dave.
by Dave Holt
Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 102
Views: 30123

Re: Progress with Slattocks Junction

Ralph, That mill really just blows me away. It looks absolutely superb in situ and the colouring is spot on. Well done, I'm green with envy. Other progress with the layout also looks good and I look forward to viewing it at S4North (where I'm demoing). Best wishes to all at MMRS for Christmas & ...
by Dave Holt
Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: PeteT
Topic: Ivatt 2 2-6-2T
Replies: 20
Views: 2897

Re: Ivatt 2 2-6-2T

Yes, the CLAG explanation is actually my method of springing these open frame trucks which I passed to them some years ago. I put the coils in the top corner to give more spring length and ease of attaching the upright leg in the corner of the frame. Actually, the ideal position would be level with ...
by Dave Holt
Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: PeteT
Topic: Ivatt 2 2-6-2T
Replies: 20
Views: 2897

Re: Ivatt 2 2-6-2T

Peter, This looks to be coming along very nicely. The pony truck frame replicates the appearance of the real thing very well indeed. How does the remaining, un-folded part, which has been added since the earlier version, work? The ladder does look to need beefing up a bit but has great potential, so...
by Dave Holt
Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: North London Group
Topic: NLG Christmas 2019 meeting
Replies: 6
Views: 515

Re: NLG Christmas 2019 meeting

Bob,
I don't think so. Probably their longest regular duty was Manchester to Glasgow, which would require coaling to the absolute limit with the small tenders. I'm sure there would be quite a few stops on the way (Bolton, Preston, Lancaster, Carlisle, Carstairs, Motherwell, etc?).
Dave.
by Dave Holt
Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: North London Group
Topic: NLG Christmas 2019 meeting
Replies: 6
Views: 515

Re: NLG Christmas 2019 meeting

Bob.
The location of the fire irons is based on several photos of Newton Heath allocated Fowler tendered Jubilees. I presume they thought it better than burying them under tons of coal, which completely covered the official fire iron rests for their longer turns.
Dave.
by Dave Holt
Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 67
Views: 6212

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Black 7 1 / 2 ? BM_Blk5_45284_039.JPG I took 44781 to Barrow Road a few weeks ago but thought it had lost a front crank pin retainer so didn't run it. Today, I decided to look at replacing the lost part but found, when viewed in a good light, that the original is still in place. It's rather more rec...
by Dave Holt
Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 3313

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

I drill 0.8 mm for the 14 BA screws I use. To guide the screw square to the wheel, I use a long Gibson bush with the flange held down to the back of the wheel with tweezers - I think I saw this on the CLAG site. Once the thread is formed in the plastic, I remove the screw and counter bore the back t...

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