Very sexy stuff there!
ClikC wrote:This is what my dreams are made of! Where do i send my money?
Matt / ClikC
I was going to suggest that maybe you lay off the strong cheese?
As to the avaliability of the etches...
As some of you are no doubt aware Ian Penberth has developed a range of sprung diesel kits, details of which are avaliable elsewhere on this forum. A kit for the Bachmann class 37 will no doubt be appearing from him in due course. I say this because I don't really want to get into a situation of producing etches for people to find that they don't want them bescause they've gone for an alternative. There's only so many class 37s I need! Also I don't really want the hassle dealing with people who find they have something that they thought was going to be something else so anyone interested should be aware of the options. I don't consider this sprung diesel business a competition and I'm quite happy to leave Mr Penberth to supply people's needs. However his and my take on the sprung diesel bogie are different and if anyone wants a set of my etches then they are welcome.
The etches have been designed to my specification, primarily for my needs, and as such they require some work to provide the finished article. Please be aware that secondary suspension bolster "pins" will need to be constructed from square brass tube and rod and the coil springs will need to be made, some information on these is avaliable in my class 47 bogies thread
. Neither of these things are particularly difficult but they do require a little care and attention. It is simply a question of time to get the desired result.
Although they were designed with the Bachmann class 37 in mind the design should be fairly universal in application to locomotives fitted with 6'9"+6'9" bogies. This means they should be able to go under classes 37, Deltic, DP2 and 50, perhaps with a little extra work depending on the model. It should be possible to use them with a Class 60 as well though the secondary suspension might need some playing with. I have a Hornby Class 60 that I want to put a set under at some point so I'll report back at some stage (no promise that's going to be in the imediate future though). As far as which manufacturers products they are compatible with the bogies need the following to work properly:
A minimum of 8.5mm from the axle centre line to the chassis so that there is room for the bolster plate (given that the models are designed for OO steamroller wheels this shouldn't be a problem).
The maximum width of the drivetrain is 11.5mm (the High Level hornblocks can't really be thinned down any more to get more room).
Having said all of the above anyone who wants a set of etches can drop me a PM. As I said in my previous post the revised drawings should be off to the etchers this week.