Llwyndrissi Halt.

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Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby PinkNosedPenguin » Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:46 am

Sounds like some more pics are due soon :-)

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Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Mountain » Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:40 pm

Yes. Pictures... But you will have to look carefully to compare. It doesn't look like much, but there's been quite a bit of progress. Notice that the steps now fit my loading gauge (The width of the steps has been reduced). I may need to add a strengthener on the inside of the rear steps in the form of a piece of metal paperclip.
Also notice the cab floor has not only been raised, but the hole in the floor has been covered (Not the hole where the screw or bolt will go through).
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Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Mountain » Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:54 pm

I like to bring to the attention of anyone else who is building this kit using the desegnated Toby the tram chassis that you need to bring the radiator to be flush (Or just about flush) with the front bufferbeam. The reason for this is the body is designed to use the whole length of the chassis. For my loco, I've been somewhat restricted to where I can place the bonnet part of the body due to where the motor and the weight for the motor is. (I've already needed to cut the weight in half).
I will remedy the situation by either shortening the rear fuel tank if I'm able to (I'm going to do some test drills to check there is no lead shot in the part as it does seem heavy. (Some Smallbrook Studio parts do have added weight to them to improve the locos hauling power, though resin itself is much heavier then plastic. If there is lead shot in it, I'd rather not start reducing the width as though I could do this, as resin is softer then lead, one can have difficulty in sanding a straight line etc.
The second option is to reduce the width of the cab sides. While this is an easier option to do, I prefer to aim for the first option as it will give a better overall look and give more room for the people inside the cab.
To be continued.....!

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Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby PinkNosedPenguin » Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:06 pm

Mountain wrote:I like to bring to the attention of anyone else who is building this kit using the desegnated Toby the tram chassis that you need to bring the radiator to be flush (Or just about flush) with the front bufferbeam. The reason for this is the body is designed to use the whole length of the chassis.
Not sure I follow - you mean modification is required for the kit to fit the chassis it is designed for . . . ?
It does look flush in the Smallbrook photo.

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Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Mountain » Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:00 pm

If you take a look at mine, I've set the radiator back a bit then compared to the one on the Smallbrook Studio photograph. My photo on the bag that the kit came in is a bit worse for wear so I didnt notice it and didnt notice it on the instructions either as I was more concerned about getting the kit to fit with the new chassis I'm using. It will all work out in the end. If one is using the intended chassis (Normally Toby the tram engine or, if specified a chassis from one of Bachmann junior 0-6-0 shunters), then mount the radiator just about flush with the bufferbeam to ensure the length of the body fits the footplate frame which the bufferbeams are attached to.
I hope this makes it clear andn it makes sense. :)

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Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Mountain » Tue May 08, 2018 10:49 am

One step back, one step forward?
[More progress on the diesel shunter].

I've painted the internal parts of the cab which is actually the second paint I've used. The first was a rescued tin of paint being around 20-30 years old. It looked OK. A bit grainy. However, once dry and starting to glue the sides, I noticed the paint rubbing off where my fingers had touched it. So it was a scrub down with soap and water and I stead of light blue the paint is now a nice brown, which should suit the outside paint colour (I have a lovely colour ready for the external colour).

Those with keen eyes will notice cab sides and something missing. The steps! (Read on...)
The cab sides have only been glued where they join the front of the cab. I am hoping I can install the little switches in the cab with the sides on... They are only tiny pinheads. The floor of the sides has not been glued because I want accurate aligning of the back of the cab for when I'm ready to glue this part on.
After all the work, I've removed the steps as they did not align with the cab doors. I will beef them up from behind and refit them when I'm ready. I have thought of a good way to do this.
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When I removed one of the cab steps I cuts little bit far into the footplate. Now I could have got the Das modelling clay out and fill with that, but I've used another method instead. I applied superglue and sprinkled on resin dust by filing a scrap resin offcut and allowing the dust to settle on the wet superglue. The superglue then very quickly dries, and is then easily filed to shape. I thought it is well worth mentioning this method of filling in small gaps for those who build resin kits or scratchbuild using resin.]
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Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Mountain » Sat May 12, 2018 10:57 pm

I have to add some pics of the waggons I'm building for the competition into this thread to show how easy it is to build waggons from using products available elsewhere for those who are on tight budgets.
From a toy farmyard range of products I bought a packet of six "Boxes". I then disassembled unwanted parts but kept the removed parts. I then cut the bodies of the boxes in half, ands using most of the removed parts to rebuild the cut off bits to form new waggon bodies from them. (See photos which will explain more).
So all these waggons (When I finish them) have come from £4.99's worth of farmyard boxes. (I write this in May 2018 just in case prices alter).
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Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Mountain » Mon May 14, 2018 1:35 pm

Working on the internal instruments. The pins will be cut when the glue dries to represent switches. Getting there slowly!
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Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Mountain » Mon May 14, 2018 3:05 pm

Controls in place. Switches trimmed. Controls painted. Floor painted.
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Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby manna » Mon May 14, 2018 9:30 pm

G'Day Gents

Love the wagons, and what a bargain price, your shunters coming on to :D

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Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Mountain » Mon May 14, 2018 9:48 pm

Thanks Manna. I have more details on the competition thread. I'm testing paint now on one of the waggons. Black. The only problem is that the paint looked a bit too new even though it was fresh paint, so I gave it the distressed look. You know when you've painted something and accidently picked it up before the paint dries? Well, this is the technique I used here.
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Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby PinkNosedPenguin » Tue May 15, 2018 7:07 pm

Mountain wrote:Working on the internal instruments. The pins will be cut when the glue dries to represent switches. Getting there slowly!

Like the interior detail - hope the windows will allow it to be seen :D. I assume you will fit a driver?

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Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Mountain » Tue May 15, 2018 7:21 pm

Yes. I hope the windows will allow one to peek into the cab. Yes, I do plan to add a driver. :)
Speaking for myself, I am unanimous in thinking that I may need a seat for my driver. I may need to paint some clothes onto a suitable driver... The figures I bought come in a naked colour as need painting.

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Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Mountain » Sat May 19, 2018 8:18 pm

After declining gnats of their pray by heading indoors early this evening, I decided to get the cab back filed to size. I also had previously painted the window surrounds. I know they look bad, but the insides are done nice. The outsides will be tidied up later when I paint the rest of the outside of the loco. I've also added the windows and yes, they are slightly frosted round the edges. I dont mind too much as I know many trains that I've worked do this either through dampness or even through dirt!
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Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Mountain » Sun May 20, 2018 7:52 pm

The edges of the windows... I was considering ways to reduce the white frosting. I tried thinner but no. It made it worse! It frosted the whole window! :o
I then tried cleaning alcohol and the white along wwith any dirt was at least smearing across the windows. I then repeated the procedure two or three times on both sides of the windows, and wiped them dry with a piece of toilet paper and we have a result! Clear windows. They still have evidence of excess glue and a few marks, but they are clear, and have stayed clear for two hours since. Not bad! :D :mrgreen:


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