Cramdin Yard

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Re: Cramdin Yard - Just a bit of painting

Postby Dead Man's Handle » Sun Jan 04, 2009 8:43 pm

ElDavo wrote:...so have been tinkering with the weathering on 37114. Not entirely happy with it yet but it's getting there.


That is looking extremely impressive so far!

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Re: Cramdin Yard

Postby Taw Valley » Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:33 pm

sanctuary wrote:I was looking quickly for NRM VE pictures and skip the picture thinking it was a photograph of the real thing, you have done a fanstatic job, it'll look odd having what looks like a real engine in a NRM VE :lol: :lol: :lol:


I must admit , i just went passed that photo as well thinking it was the real thing ,,,,Even going back to look after your comment i still had to look at the text to make sure it wasnt real

all i can say is OMG how amazing is that.

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Cramdin Yard - Bit of a travesty

Postby ElDavo » Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:25 pm

Finally the temperature has risen enough to make working in the garage bearable (almost!) so I ventured out to do some more traverser experiments. For those of an engineering bent who appreciate precision and neatness this is the time to abandon this thread. If you appreciate the the work of Heath Robinson, you'll feel right at home! :shock:

I'm trying to build a wagon traverser for the area of board in front of No.1 fiddleyard. It will have one approach track and 3 or 4 exit roads into another works building. Current ideas are based on using a screw thread and captive nut as the drive mechanism. After rummaging around I came up with an old Triang 0-4-0 chassis, a fence wire tensioner, a couple of brackets and some MDF. From this, with judicious use of the hot glue gun, I was able to mock up something to test the idea.

Here's the first experiment.

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It 'aint pretty but the motor turns the threaded shaft OK and with a bit of running (this motor hasn't turned for 35 years!) and some lubrication it will run quite slowly. The motor is coupled to the shaft by engaging the coupling rod securing screw in the loco wheel with a slot in a nut on the end of the shaft. The nut is the wrong thread so I simply tightened it onto the thread till it jammed! High tech or what?

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Given that this seems to work I disassembled it all and got out the epoxy to make the assembly rather more permanent. I also broke out the plasticard to build an actuator slider to hold the nut captive. Onto this was epoxied a length of old rail to act as the actuator rod to drive the traverser bridge itself.

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This mess was then built into a sub-assembly with the floor of the traverser pit and side walls which is then bolted to the baseboard. It needs to be removable as it is bound to break down! Here's a view of the thing fitted to the underside of the baseboard.

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Finally a view from the top (unfortunately out of focus) that shows how the actuator rod (over long at present) emerges into the pit. The traverser bridge itself will sit parallel with the actuator and hide it.

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Rather a lot still to do before I can see whether the thing will actually work well enough to be usable but I'm having fun. :)

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Re: Cramdin Yard

Postby sheep21 » Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:20 pm

bloody hell, one heck of a project on your hands there, good luck with it!

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Re: Cramdin Yard

Postby peak » Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:37 pm

It's amazing what you can do with all them bits and bobs that you didn't throw away!
You have done a great bit of model engineering there.
I am really looking forward to the progress of this traverser.
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Re: Cramdin Yard

Postby Danny » Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:01 pm

Hi Dave

Great work on the traverser mechanism, great little bit of ingenuity there. :P

I'm guessing you will have to keep the thread pretty greased up for continued use.

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Cramdin Yard - Pause in engineering works

Postby ElDavo » Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:31 pm

Having got properly started on the traverser I've now found myself short of a few bits so work has stopped. As per usual that meant I had the paintbrushes out again last night. Messed up a couple of Bachmann PNAs

Here's a shot of them outside on a rather misty damp day:

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Another shot of them abandoned in the yard on the layout:

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Hopefully I can pick up a few essential bits and pieces at the weekend so traverser work can continue.

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Dave

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Re: Cramdin Yard

Postby Direct Rail Services » Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:46 pm

Totally Stunning mate!.

This model never fails to amaze me.

Excellent.

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Re: Cramdin Yard

Postby sanctuary » Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:34 pm

Ditto it looks real, even the guy in overalls, this realy does show your how good your modeling skills are.
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Re: Cramdin Yard

Postby TheFreightMaster123 » Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:52 pm

sanctuary wrote:Ditto it looks real, even the guy in overalls this realy does show your how good your modeling skills are.

Seconded.
ElDavo you never cease to amaze me! Your trackwork is excellent, your scenery exquisitely constructed and rolling stock beautifuly weathered.
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Re: Cramdin Yard

Postby 0121modeller » Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:27 am

Totally outstanding "WORK OF ART" So much attention applied to detail & artistically applied , Great camera shots of this too.

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Re: Cramdin Yard

Postby Metrocamel » Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:48 am

Absolutely amazing work! The traverser is a great idea.

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Re: Cramdin Yard

Postby Danny » Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:03 pm

Great work.

I like the left over stone which left in the bottom of them, a nice detail to add.

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Cramdin Yard - Bricking it

Postby ElDavo » Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:31 am

I don't seem to have got very much done over the last few weeks. I've been tinkering with a number of detail bits on the main baseboard but haven't really got down to any major works on the traverser. I did have a flurry of activity the other day and managed to get some brick surrounds fitted to the pit and started sorting out the transverse rails. Not a lot to show really. :(

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Dave

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Re: Cramdin Yard

Postby ElDavo » Sun Feb 08, 2009 12:40 pm

Been far too cold to venture out into the garage and do any serious engineering on the traverser so have been doing odd bits and pieces and generally titivating the scenics. Knocked up a few point levers of varying types and installed them...

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Also been playing with some static grass and other things of which I haven't taken pictures. Doesn't seem to be any rush to re-fuel 37114 judging by the lack of activity in this shot.

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Dave


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