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by Dave Holt
Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: PeteT
Topic: Stanier 3P - Judith Edge Kit
Replies: 18
Views: 610

Re: Stanier 3P - Judith Edge Kit

Peter, I too have followed PAD's 7 mm version on Western Thunder and a rather nice model it is indeed. Lots of good info there to help you. In deciding on frame width, it will be useful to establish the width between the bosses on your chosen wheels. Although I have used Alan Gibson and Society fram...
by Dave Holt
Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 92
Views: 9842

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Well, progress has slowed, barely credible I know. I see several fellow modellers experiencing increased modelling time due to the coronavirus lockdown. However, it's had the opposite effect on me since my partner can no longer work, resulting in us spending more time together during the week. In ef...
by Dave Holt
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Locos for East Coast Main Line coal trains
Replies: 2
Views: 202

Re: Locos for East Coast Main Line coal trains

You can see more, if you're so inclined, on Tom's thread on Western Thunder.
Dave.
by Dave Holt
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Bachmann Std 3 82xxx 2-6-2 Tank
Replies: 49
Views: 14449

Re: Bachmann Std 3 82xxx 2-6-2 Tank

A bit like this, perhaps? Kemilway_std_2-6-0_001.JPG Part built chassis, probably in this state for more than 30 years! I can't remember why it never progressed any further. If I recall correctly, the phosphor bronze spring strips were more to restrict fore/aft play in the wheel sets rather than any...
by Dave Holt
Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 92
Views: 9842

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Compromise! I decided to represent the drain pipes with slightly over scale 0.152 mm wire. Doesn't look too chunky to me and was easier to handle than the really fine stuff. BM_Blk5_45284_078.JPG A little bit untidy but I can live with it. You wouldn't believe the number of goes it took to get all t...
by Dave Holt
Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 92
Views: 9842

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Not much progress in almost a week. However, i have been working on the vacuum ejector and its discharge pipe that runs along the side of the boiler. Inspired by some wonderful 7 mm scale modelling, I've tried to represent the gland nuts on the drain pipes on the ejector body and pipe elbow with ins...
by Dave Holt
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 92
Views: 9842

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Thanks for posting your pipe equivalent spread sheet, Bryan. Hopefully, people will find it useful in working out the best wire diameter to use for various pipes. Of course, that depends on accurate information about the pipe diameters used on the prototype, so those of us who lean towards Stanier e...
by Dave Holt
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 92
Views: 9842

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Phew! It's been one of those days when you feel to be battling against the odds. Since the previous posting, I've been adding details to the footplate unit, including cast white metal oil boxes and sand box filler pipes, etched lamp irons, wire loop grab handles and cast brass vacuum and steam heat ...
by Dave Holt
Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 92
Views: 9842

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

I went through the pipe & rod drawings for the Black 5 and made a table of all the pipe diameters and SWG wall thicknesses listed. I have an old copy of Kempe's Engineers Year Book (a bible in engineering design offices before the internet) which includes the actual dimension for the gauges (the...
by Dave Holt
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 92
Views: 9842

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Julian, thanks for the kind comments. As you say, the instructions in most kits are very basic and sparse when it comes to pipework, sadly including the Brassmasters ones - an exception being Dave Bradwell's 9F instructions. I rely heavily on the Pipe & Rod and GA drawings in the Wild Swan profi...
by Dave Holt
Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 92
Views: 9842

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

The cab doors, fall plates, handrails and intermediate buffing block have now been fitted, so the cab end of the footplate unit is complete, except for glazing and the roof. These latter will be fitted after painting. BM_Blk5_45284_069.JPG BM_Blk5_45284_070.JPG BM_Blk5_45284_071.JPG Oil pots along e...
by Dave Holt
Sun Mar 01, 2020 1:09 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 92
Views: 9842

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Robin,
I could bring it to show work in progress, but it's not currently operable.
Dave.
by Dave Holt
Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 92
Views: 9842

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Well, the breaking out of the slot for the gearbox went to plan, I'm glad to say. Quite a bit of very messy sawing to get to this stage.
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Boiler unit just loosely placed at present. A bit more work required on the sand pipe plates to let it fully seat on the running plate.
Dave.
by Dave Holt
Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 92
Views: 9842

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Thanks, Dave. As you say, not fully visible but it gives an impression of the backhead when glimpsed through the windows and cab/tender opening. Although I haven't finished the cab/footplate unit, I've been drawn to doing some preliminary work on the boiler assembly. In the Brassmaster kits, the boi...
by Dave Holt
Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: PeteT
Topic: MR 1P 0-4-4T detailing
Replies: 28
Views: 4459

Re: MR 1P 0-4-4T detailing

I had some custom etches done by Rumney for the tank straps on my BR STd and Ivatt class 2 tanks, which made up quite nicely See attached cruel enlargement). Std_2_042.JPG Although this type of arrangement was common to many LMS and BR Standard tank locos, the lengths of the restraining link varies ...
by Dave Holt
Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 92
Views: 9842

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Boiler back head and some cab details fitted.
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Dave.
by Dave Holt
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 92
Views: 9842

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

David,
Yes, I did move the steps out on the Jubilee, based on the experience with the previous Black 5.
Dave.
by Dave Holt
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 92
Views: 9842

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: 92
Views: 9842

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: 92
Views: 9842

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: 92
Views: 9842

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: 92
Views: 9842

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: 92
Views: 9842

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: 92
Views: 9842

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: 92
Views: 9842

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...

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