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by Jonathan Hughes
Thu Sep 03, 2015 7:48 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 92
Views: 32494

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

Hi Terry, yes you're quite right, I do use a lot of the etch fret for various scratch building items... although here I used the items that were retained in the fret... that's now devoid of its products. I'll have to stop by Brian's stand at Scaleforum and stock up again. Whilst plans for this eveni...
by Jonathan Hughes
Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:27 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 92
Views: 32494

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

I've thinned the other steps and grabbed a couple of shots to illustrate the improvement possible tackling the issue this way. The sides and each step need thinning as the material at the rear is thicker than at the front. This photo shows a before, and after with material removed. LR-IMG_8527-1.jpg...
by Jonathan Hughes
Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:56 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 92
Views: 32494

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

The other thing is mike the class 37 steps are hopelessly out of proportion. Anyone can draw up the real thing then scale it down but the skill is to make that into a useable product. Sadly a lot of the PHD stuff I've seen have little or no consideration into the latter. The tendancy when you start...
by Jonathan Hughes
Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 92
Views: 32494

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

it still puzzles me as to why the 4mm steps had solid sides only, whereas the 7mm ones had the holes in them. [...] Given that they are advertised as being for both 26 & 27's then really both options should have been included in the kit. On the subject of the flimsiness of some of the parts, I ...
by Jonathan Hughes
Mon Aug 31, 2015 6:10 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 92
Views: 32494

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

Hi again Terry... yes, plenty of lessons being learnt on this one to be honest :? but it's getting there. With today being a washout bank holiday I thought I'd spend an hour or two on a recap and look again at the plastic steps supplied with the loco. Whilst they're the right size and proportion, th...
by Jonathan Hughes
Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:37 am
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 92
Views: 32494

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

Thanks for all the suggestions Terry, I will look in to the options available to see whether there's something I could knock up, although I do feel that I'd need a form of jig to get 4 that look the same. My first approach will be to see what I can do with the moulded plastic steps... I'm a plastic ...
by Jonathan Hughes
Sat Aug 29, 2015 7:02 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 92
Views: 32494

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

I wanted this update to be complete with photos of completed bogie frames complete with scratch built additions and etched steps. You’ll recall I’d had problems with the steps in making them actually suitable for use as Class 26 steps despite them being advertised as these and that I managed to find...
by Jonathan Hughes
Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:55 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Making a start, my P4 plank...
Replies: 134
Views: 35857

Re: Making a start, my P4 plank...

My sincerest condolences too Jon. So sorry. I hope that the modelling is something that brings you some enjoyment, it's results are certainly an enjoyment to see on here and I look forward to you continue sharing your work here.
All my wishes
Jonathan.
by Jonathan Hughes
Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:54 pm
Forum: Jeremy Good
Topic: Locos for Lochinver
Replies: 23
Views: 9177

Re: Locos for Lochinver

Hi Jeremy, good to hear that the 26 had a test run.... and don't worry about time for modelling - I've had a similar issue so progress on mine's slow too. We'll get there eventually :thumb
Jonathan
by Jonathan Hughes
Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:16 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 92
Views: 32494

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

Just a brief update... the second bogie is now modified along the lines of the first and put to one side whilst I pondered the remaining issue of the cab steps. As previously mentioned, the PH Designs items are described as suitable for the class 26 and 27 but they are only representative of the cla...
by Jonathan Hughes
Wed Jul 15, 2015 7:08 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 92
Views: 32494

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

Really sorry for not posting anything for quite a while; my railway photography has kept my spare moments occupied in the good weather and work has been busy for the rest of the time... however (such is life). But I'm trying to press on with this project and getting the other bogie to the same stand...
by Jonathan Hughes
Fri May 15, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 92
Views: 32494

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

And yes I agree, well said Jim. I think the trick is finding the balance between improving what you can see needs it and leaving alone what doesn't if, and only if, the result still balances and looks right. Case in point with Dave's comment, yes I just saw that article and yes the end result looks ...
by Jonathan Hughes
Fri May 15, 2015 5:50 am
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 92
Views: 32494

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

Thanks Jim. I did see the work when it was still on the computer... I think that my deduction was that it could possibly be lived with or rather it'd be difficult to fix, but I think it was the area around the grill that got squeezed and I was waiting in the grill etch to see how this could be squee...
by Jonathan Hughes
Thu May 14, 2015 8:55 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 92
Views: 32494

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

jim s-w wrote:Have you guys seen Brian's research on the 26s. Turns out they are quite a bit wrong arround the cabs.

Regards

Jim

I know he was finding issues when taking measurements, where has he posted it?
by Jonathan Hughes
Thu May 14, 2015 5:46 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 92
Views: 32494

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

Thanks Dave... and Tim. I'd be interested to see a comparison of the two.... to see a little more detail to see how much benefit is gained. On the ones I have, the cylinders aren't too small but they do lack the cut-in that you'd get with a full cylinder rather than the half moulded item although it...
by Jonathan Hughes
Thu May 14, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 92
Views: 32494

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

Hi Tim, Thanks for the comment. Yes I did consider replacing these but I didn't have much luck finding anything that would simply suit; for my 55 I used Hornby class 50 bogies from which the cylinders can be prised away, but I looking at these, with some removal of material and adding of the piston ...
by Jonathan Hughes
Tue May 12, 2015 8:11 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 92
Views: 32494

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

I think it’s been a while since I last provided an update, but then it’s been a while since I was last able to spend any real time on this project... such is life when work and other things beckon. But, some progress has been achieved and a short write up can bring this up to date. Whilst the metalw...
by Jonathan Hughes
Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:12 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 92
Views: 32494

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

Well, having just commented on Jeremy Good's post, I thought I ought to add a photo of my sprung bogie frames that are now almost complete sans primary springing cosmetics. Some bits to be added include the piece of wire that presumably represents the brake rod tensioner screw thread and Ive yet to ...
by Jonathan Hughes
Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:44 pm
Forum: Jeremy Good
Topic: Locos for Lochinver
Replies: 23
Views: 9177

Re: Locos for Lochinver

Excellent work Jeremy. I'm at about the same stage having fitted the last of the cosmetic parts this weekend... and yes, good instructions but some parts are fragile. I've two observations to add as a part of this, which I was going to put on my thread, but you're here too, so ...: The ends of the b...
by Jonathan Hughes
Fri Mar 27, 2015 7:45 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 92
Views: 32494

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

Dear all, just a brief update this evening as I seem to be really rather tired... which I hope is purely down to the exercises to strengthen the knee as the recovery continues rather than old age creeping up on me ;) I've continued working the bogie frames per the Penbits instructions. A jig was con...
by Jonathan Hughes
Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:34 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 92
Views: 32494

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

Many thanks for the link to your Flickr site there is certainly some helpful photos on there. We’re planning a trip to the Barrow Hill diesel gala in April where 27066 (I think) will be amongst the line up so hopefully I’ll get some more photos there. Failing that I’ll just have to drag myself up t...
by Jonathan Hughes
Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 92
Views: 32494

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

As I mentioned above, the pivot frame is now well and truly attached. Having taken Ian's idea of the 14BA screws I supplemented this by adding a bracing link to the chassis block using 1mm wire bent at 90 degs twice. Firstly, I used two pieces of plastic sheet cut to size to position the pivot frame...
by Jonathan Hughes
Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:08 am
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 92
Views: 32494

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

Hi Mike, thanks for the comments and I hope you continue to enjoy Justin's kit.mthe trick with glue... or what I do, is to decant a little glue onto an old Pringles plastic lid and then use a cocktail stick to pick a little up and apply to the model; for the thinnest glues., it's worth sharpening th...
by Jonathan Hughes
Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:08 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project
Replies: 92
Views: 32494

Re: Heljan Class 26 Superdetailing project

A quick update... I've been working on how to fix the pivot frame at the no.1 end given that I distroyed the usual mounting by cutting away part of the chassis block. Per Ian's suggestion I acquired some strong epoxy and looked at using some 14BA screws. For this, I needed a tap ... remember I'm usu...
by Jonathan Hughes
Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:40 pm
Forum: Jeremy Good
Topic: Locos for Lochinver
Replies: 23
Views: 9177

Re: Locos for Lochinver

Hi Jeremy, All sounds good... Glad it's coming together and good to hear you're looking at the bogie frames and considering changing those ... as I found myself pondering yesterday. I need to look at that too properly. As per the tanks, yes I thought there was a replacement available ... I But could...

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