J26 from a Dave Bradwell Kit

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J26 from a Dave Bradwell Kit

Postby DougN » Tue Jul 14, 2015 1:34 am

Well you could say that I am at it again. I purchased the Dave Bradwell kit about 2 years ago. This was after the Q6 was just about completed... I seem to be goo at getting to 95% and leaving things.. :evil: Any how sitting down as I have just had a week and a bit off I had again a look in the kit box and started to do more on the loco. It had been started at a exhibition about 2 years ago here in Melbourne and the foot plate and cab had mostly been erected along with bending up the chassis. So with this break from work... which I really needed.... I sat down to assess where the kit was up too. I started by trying the chassis set up on the Chassis2ed jig... which seems to work a little bit better this time aound I have a high level J72 chassis set up also on it but something moved as Flymo suggested in one of his threads...I think the problem was nipping up one of the jigs and the axle pulled off line. Any how back to the J26. So the chassis has be erected and partly detailed and I set too against the Boiler. One thing I do need to purchase in the future is a rolling mill. I think the boiler has rolled quite well by hand using a 12mm steel bar and a camping matt. Any how this is how the loco looked back on the 5/7
J26a.jpg


Now on the 14th it looks a little more detailed as:
J26b.jpg


So all is going quite well.

From my discussions with Dave Bradwell last year at scalefourum. He was going to redesign the chassis in line with the fold out horn guides that he used on the Q6 which from my point of view worked really well.

As with all of these kits they are enjoyable to build. One thing I did have trouble with this time was getting the smoke box to sit vertical and square to the footplate. This I tracked back to the rolled ring (2mm half round bar) on the boiler pushing the smoke box at the top. Once that was sorted everything appears to be sitting in the right planes.

Unfortunately I am back to work tomorrow so progress may slow down but as a distraction to the worlds problems 30min each day on this seems to work wonders...
Doug
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Re: J26 from a Dave Bradwell Kit

Postby DougN » Tue Jul 14, 2015 7:10 am

Oh I should explain that the loco that I am aiming for is a York based loco in the thrities. There is one in the RCTS Bible Part 5 figure 235 The loco is numbered 412. This does give a number of the details I like, such as D shaped slots in the tender chassis, 2 coal Rail, twin NER whistles on the roof, I think it has the Diag 57 Boiler (short fire box, short smoke box). It is a pretty plain jane loco. It has the round cab windows. All of these variations are capable of being built from the Dave Bradwell kit.

If any one knows of any other photos of this Loco I would quite like to incorporate any other items onto the loco!

I am also going to use a highlevel gear box and Mashima motor, Gibson wheels.
Doug
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Re: J26 from a Dave Bradwell Kit

Postby DougN » Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:33 am

Let's just say with a break from work ending this week will slow down things happening on the loco. It is a shame really but hours at work cut into family and modelling time rather dramatically :evil:. It seems though the new job is better than the last few, in being more stable and larger building projects! Which means the work will be better, continuous, and easier to deal with!

Any how roll on the week end and some more will be done.
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Re: J26 from a Dave Bradwell Kit

Postby DougN » Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:02 am

Sorry to all. I was going to post this last weekend as I had about two and a half hours of good modelling time. So I spent the time building the tender as below
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It was very straight forward and it was a good productive time. As per the instructions it practically fell together. On completion it will be a 2 coal rail tender. I might have another couple of hours this weekend and it should be just about finished. I have to agree with Dave Bradwell these tenders do run smoothly through pointwork. I suspect that I will have the tender finished before continuing the locomotive... I would like to think it will get a real push forward over the next few weeks. With a day at an exhibition booked in a couple of weeks... 9 hours building should just about have the loco put together then it is down to getting the running gear running nicely!
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Re: J26 from a Dave Bradwell Kit

Postby Jim Summers » Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:51 pm

You certainly use your time, Doug.

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Re: J26 from a Dave Bradwell Kit

Postby DougN » Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:51 am

Your right Jim, need to spend any time I get to do modelling efficiently... it is enjoyable to see something come together quickly. I can see why people say you retire and don't get anything done... I have so much in the family and work that any spare time i get I have to be efficient in the extreme. I don't like working to a time table in leisure time though with the running around with the kids and working longer hours it seems it is the only way to organise some regular modelling. Depressing on some levels but good on others.
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Re: J26 from a Dave Bradwell Kit

Postby DougN » Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:58 am

Well thanks to all who are reading this. Maybe I should push all of my topics to a work bench :thumb

I seem to have got into the habit of thinking all week about modelling and then the weekend comes round with family duties and general stuff to do on Saturday. Sunday thankfully has become a day of rest and modelling. People who know me well know my work can be very stressful and long hours. It has taken almost 6weeks to get over the last lot.. Including a week and a half of leave. So it is my outlet to get on with building the kits I have collected. BTW the new job is fantastic :D the first time in about 3 years for this to occur! Any how today saw another 2 and a half hours sitting down building the tender for the j26. I decided on reviewing the green bible that they all ended up with the 2 rail tenders and I do like the look of this!
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I think I seem to be getting good at the brass bashing! Every thing seemed to be ok. A couple of false starts on the tender inner body but that didn't even seem to be too hard!

From the top of the tender I have managed to get better at forming the flares to the tender sides. It is very subtle. From the top down it looks like this:-
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Writing this in the lounge with the open fire going and a after half a glass of red wine I can face the next week.
Oh has anyone dug out a photo or 2 of the loco's allocated to York? I would appreciate it.
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Re: J26 from a Dave Bradwell Kit

Postby DougN » Sun Aug 09, 2015 9:25 am

Oh forgot to mention the tricky little coal rail supports which you can't solder onto the flares to the top of the tenders. I thought about the problem and then coated them with black marker texta. This stopped them soldering as I was using red label rather than paste.

On that issue I think I refer the red label but the paste does have its use in the kit builders asernal of tools and potions that can be useful!
Doug
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