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by mikemeg
Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Bachmann B1 Conversion Time now for some rods, so that the hornguides and axleboxes can be fitted to build #1. Both the connecting rods and the coupling rods are formed of two layers of etch 0.45 mm thick with additional layers at the big end journals. My normal method of setting up rods for the tw...
by mikemeg
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Bachmann B1 Conversion The final stage in the assembly of the expansion link bracket and the trickiest, is adding the bearings to the bracket itself. These are very small ( 2.0 mm diameter) and easily lost. The end of the bracket was lightly tinned, and then the hole cleaned out back to 0.8 mm. The...
by mikemeg
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Bachmann B1 Conversion I had heard, from a number of folk who have built Dave Bradwell's kits, that they are beautifully designed and extremely accurately etched. I have to say that as I progress through the stages it becomes more and more apparent just how much thought has gone into the design of ...
by mikemeg
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Bachmann B1 Conversion

The cylinder assembly has now been added to build #2 bringing them both to the same stage, once again. The piston gland, piston valve guide and relief valves have also been added to build #2.

Now for the expansion link bracket on each build.

Cheers

Mike
by mikemeg
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

I see in the latest Snooze, that Will Litchfield's page expresses the hope that "I'm proof against being shocked into silence by my being featured again". Well, Will (some kind of illiteration here) fear not; there's no chance of my being shocked into silence. I'll just keep on building an...
by mikemeg
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Mike, Have you had any thoughts about wheels, yet? In the introduction to the instructions, Dave writes about this with particular regards to the width over the crank bosses vs the space between the connecting rods (25.5 mm on the diagram). I've just bought a set of Alan Gibson (V2) wheels - 6'-2&q...
by mikemeg
Mon Feb 04, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Bachmann B1 Conversion The cylinder detail is now being built up with the fitting of the valve rod guide; a piece of 1.5 mm diameter tube soldered into the front and rear of the cylinders. The piston gland has been fitted and the front and rear relief valves have been made and fitted using pieces o...
by mikemeg
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Mike, Getting to the more interesting bits, now. I wouldn't concern yourself unduly over the outside valve gear. Dave looks to have put a lot of thought into the design of the etched parts and I'm sure it will all go together very well with a bit care and by being methodical. Use of cigarette paper...
by mikemeg
Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Bachmann B1 Conversion After assembling all twelve brakes, for the two chassis, then the instructions now move to the assembly of the cylinders. Despite the number of etched kits, which I've built, the assembly of cylinders with the piston valves located on top, as on the B1 and most locomotives wi...
by mikemeg
Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Please do not stop the "endowment" process! I for one am really enjoying your postings. Steve Steve, Thanks for the kind words and ok, I'll keep the photos - model and prototype - coming. Cue for another one, once again courtesy of Mick Nicholson and taken in Hull Dairycoates shed in 1964...
by mikemeg
Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Mike, Looking very neat, especially as you clean off excess solder as you go - something I'm a bit lax at sometimes, perhaps. Clearly a good discipline to adopt. Regarding the delicate nature of the brake hanger brackets, I notice that in his instruction update sheet, Dave recommends leaving these ...
by mikemeg
Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Bachmann B1 Conversion With the fitting of the brake hangar brackets to chassis build #2, then both builds are still at exactly the same stage. Great temptation to leave the fitting of the six hangar brackets, on #2, till later but resisted. it is the jobs that are six off which become tedious at t...
by mikemeg
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Bachmann B1 Conversion At this point I feel a prototype photo 'coming on', so it might be timely to show another of those rescued and treasured black and white photographs. I'm afraid there are many more photos where this one came from!! This one, again courtesy my old mate Mick Nicholson, was take...
by mikemeg
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Bachmann B1 Conversion I am following the instructions, on this kit, to the letter. So the next process leads into one of the more fiddly jobs - fitting the brake hangar brackets to the mainframes. The etchings of these brackets are very small and easily lost so I would advise doing the necessary d...
by mikemeg
Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Bachmann B1 Conversion In answer to Mark's request, above, yes I will cover the detailing of the body, though might not be for a week or three. Anyway, the second bogie side bearer has been done, so at the end of day two of the build(s), both build #1 and #2 are at exactly the same stage. So that's...
by mikemeg
Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

I did wonder whether doing a 'blow by blow' of the build(s) was of any interest but, Dave, you've answered that query - many thanks. Fear not, Dave will not be the only one to watch with interest. I for one will be disappointed if you don't. See the Digital Highlights column in the next snooze. Man...
by mikemeg
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Bachmann B1 Conversion Mike, Looking good so far. Brave to do two in tandem. I've also got one of these to do, so I shall watch your progress with great interest. Dave. Or foolish - doing two in tandem. I've done multiples before in tandem, even in triplicate - 2 x J77, 3 x G5 so I'm ok with the ps...
by mikemeg
Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds

Bachmann B1 Conversion With the addition of the second mainframe overlay, then the basic chassis for build #1 now just needs a few additional points of soldering doing. Tomorrow, the second chassis will be started and brought to this point. The fit between the front right angles of the new frames a...
by mikemeg
Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern Locomotive Builds

I wonder if the Bradwell chassis would work under the later Hornby body? I don't know but it could probably be made to. Dave Bradwell produced this kit long before the Hornby body was produced so this particular version of the kit makes no provision for that but if it is only the fixing points - bo...
by mikemeg
Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern Locomotive Builds

Bachmann B1 Conversion Lurking in the 'round tuit' drawer, for many a year, were two Bachmann B1 bodies and two of David Bradwell's chassis kits for the B1. So, between the test builds and more loco painting, I thought it was high time that I tackled something with Walschaerts valve gear and the tw...
by mikemeg
Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern Locomotive Builds

NORTH EASTERN KITS LNER A6 So now just the final details and this is ready to enter service on Hessle Haven. Doesn't matter how many I've built, it's always exciting when a new one enters service on the layout. At the time of my layout - mid 1950 - the railways were still suffering from the privati...
by mikemeg
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern Locomotive Builds

NORTH EASTERN KTS LNER J77 Fletcher Cab .... Mike: Is Arthur Kimber alright? I tried PM-ing and e-mailing him over a month ago about the Q7 and long bunker J72, but I'm not getting a response. Ivan, Yes, I spoke to him just a few days ago and he was fine. Arthur did have some serious problems with ...
by mikemeg
Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern Locomotive Builds

NORTH EASTERN KTS LNER J77 Fletcher Cab The round windowed example - 68429 - has now joined the square windowed example - 68402 - with both in the process of being weathered, prior to adding the sand pipes, crews and the final details. These are becoming essays in various shades of 'mucky' black. C...
by mikemeg
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern Locomotive Builds

NORTH EASTERN KITS LNER A6 The loco's number, on the bunker side, has now been re-done as I was not satisfied with its centering. So just side 2 to do now and then the final detailing can be done. I took time out from this to paint the last of the J77's, which is why progress on this is slow. So tu...
by mikemeg
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Some North Eastern & LNER Locomotive Builds
Replies: 213
Views: 28830

Re: Some North Eastern Locomotive Builds

...I'm using HMRS pressfix transfers on this and as the sheet is now quite old, the glue is not as potent as it might be so getting the various elements to stick can be a challenge... I seem to remember that Pressfix transfers that have passed their best can be made to work by treating them like Me...

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