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by Dave Holt
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 51
Views: 4757

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: 51
Views: 4757

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: 51
Views: 4757

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: 29653

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: 113
Views: 14764

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: 29653

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: 18
Views: 2498

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: 18
Views: 2498

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: 465

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: 465

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: 51
Views: 4757

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: 2898

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...
by Dave Holt
Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Jig for drilling crankpin hole
Replies: 72
Views: 2898

Re: Jig for drilling crankpin hole

This seems to be quite a lively discussion, so I thought I'd throw my thoughts in. I too have a Proxon vertical drill, my only machine tool, and find it invaluable for a few tasks. Like Philip, it doesn't get a lot of use as I still drill most holes using hand held pin chucks, etc. However, for dril...
by Dave Holt
Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 51
Views: 4757

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Dave, Yes, I use lace making pins but only where the etched gear is simplified and doesn't have forked ends. I did think of using them here, after my problem. The issue is that some of the holes etched in the rods are already rather too big - the instructions state 0.45 wire for some joints but I've...
by Dave Holt
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 51
Views: 4757

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Progress continues at a snail's pace in between other interests and a series of set backs with the construction. I don't know why, but I seem to be struggling more than usual with this project. Hope it's not a sign of gradual decline! First up were the cast nickel silver valve guides. I had already ...
by Dave Holt
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 164
Views: 29563

Re: Alpha Mill

Ralph. Mmm, I hadn't appreciated the height difference between engine house and boiler house doors. As you say, it does create a dilemma. To facilitate coal lorry deliveries, you could widen the upper area a bit? Otherwise, you could argue that the lorries (or carts in an earlier age) would reverse ...
by Dave Holt
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 164
Views: 29563

Re: Alpha Mill

Ralph, As Howard says, it's looking very promising but I agree about the wall. Regarding the sets, my recollection is that they were a light buff/beige colour round that area, rather than grey. The gaps between were filled with tar (which we used to poke with twigs in the summer and get covered - mo...
by Dave Holt
Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 51
Views: 4757

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Pity we didn't discuss this yesterday, at Warley. I could have browsed the traders for something suitable. I may just fit a couple of small PCB pads under the loco drag box to allow flying leads from the tender to be soldered on. As I use a permanent tender coupling, this won't be too inconvenient s...
by Dave Holt
Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 51
Views: 4757

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

I have a bit of a dilemma regarding the loco pick-ups. I've fitted pick-ups to the top of the front drivers and behind the brake blocks on the rear, but I just can't find a routing for pick-ups to the centre drivers. The dilemma is: do I live with pick up from just the two axles or do I try to also ...
by Dave Holt
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 51
Views: 4757

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

David. The small vertical springs and plungers are used but they're hidden inside the tubular bearing pads (actually, they fell out whilst I was handling the chassis upside down, so I've removed them to safe storage for the time being). The two horizontal wire springs are simply to lightly push the ...
by Dave Holt
Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 51
Views: 4757

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Moving on from crank pins, some progress has been made with the front bogie in terms of filling in the gap between the bogie frames and the chassis main frames. To do this, I've made a representation of the cast side bearer "pan" mounted to the top of the bogie. In order to retain the kit ...
by Dave Holt
Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 202
Views: 25623

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Mike, I also avidly follow your entries in this thread and very much enjoy both the photos and exoplanetary text. Very much looking forward to the continuation of the B1 saga as they are much more to my taste in prototypes and, also, I've got one to do myself. I can sympathise with the chore of fili...
by Dave Holt
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 51
Views: 4757

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

OK, here is my attempt at a sketch to show the return crank arrangement I use as standard, based on Gibson wheels and the use of Ultrascale crank pin bushes. The Ultrascale bushes are designed to fit their own wheels, which have a counterbore in the front of the wheel, such that the crank throw is s...
by Dave Holt
Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 51
Views: 4757

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

It's a 4-6-0! Well, sort of. Besides some progress with the cylinders - wrapper, inspection covers and front cylinder and valve covers, I've assembled the basic front bogie frame and temporarily popped the wheels in to see where the axles come in the slots. I've made a rather major boo-boo because I...
by Dave Holt
Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Brassmasters Blk5 45232
Replies: 51
Views: 4757

Re: Brassmasters Blk5 45232

Thanks for the kind comments. Sorry to disappoint with this loco as I'm using the sprung suspension arrangement, as intended by the kit design. My previous Brassmasters Black 5 and Jubilee were also fully sprung. I do have yet another Black 5 to build and am intending to make that one fully compensa...

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