Alex3410's Workbench

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Re: Alex3410's Workbench

Postby Dad-1 » Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:12 pm

Hi Alex,

A crude model by say current Bachmann standards, but dosen't look too bad when working as you can't focus onto the shortcomings.
It's when working you may have a problem !! They struggle to pull much, even 3 coaches can have slipping to a halt in curves.
You can remove the tender pickups which are like a good set of disc brakes. Then use a saw blade to remove as much of the motor
housing that's in there as you can. I even added some lead in the boiler when I was adding a decoder. The result is mine can pull
8 coaches no problem & so far taken 50+ wagons with no slip. At £30 I would have bought another !!

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Re: Alex3410's Workbench

Postby alex3410 » Sat Mar 21, 2015 11:43 pm

I did! It was my dads birthday present :lol:

Thank you for the tips I will see if I can also add some weight to the loco when chipping it and also look at the tender pick ups so hopefully it will then pull a half decent load

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Re: Alex3410's Workbench

Postby Dad-1 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:33 pm

Hi Alex3410,

It might be worth a read of this thread from 2013

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Re: Alex3410's Workbench

Postby alex3410 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:05 pm

Thanks for digging out the link its an interesting read, your images will form a very handy guide for cutting out some of the weight from the tender so thanks again :D


In the meantime I have started another project :roll: well actually a few more but i am counting them all as one as it does not sound as bad :lol:

I had to improvise a stand:

ImageUntitled by alex3410, on Flickr


so have decided to build my own solution to the helping hands as i wanted something with more capacity:

ImageUntitled by alex3410, on Flickr

ImageUntitled by alex3410, on Flickr

I have a bunch of the crocodile clips (from eBay) spare and have not fixed them down so i will be able to move them around as needed

ImageUntitled by alex3410, on Flickr


rather pleased with the result, i have a single large one thinking it would be useful for long term storage / drying and smaller ones for more active activities / holding while i paint. The wood bases are heavy as well so should avoid tipping over etc

will have to report back once i have had a chance to use them

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Re: Alex3410's Workbench

Postby flying scotsman123 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:07 pm

Great idea for extra hands, I like it a lot. Also very nice black five job, I'f I'd spotted it in time I'd have bought one too, £30 is a good deal, but all sold out by the time I got home. :(
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Re: Alex3410's Workbench

Postby JohnN » Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:33 pm

Great idea Alex. :)

BTW, is that a clipped wing mkV I spy there?

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Re: Alex3410's Workbench

Postby alex3410 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:47 pm

Its this one (i think, the box looks the same - i am to lazy to get up and look :lol: will check next time i go up):
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first model plane for awhile

also have 3 Sherman tanks on the go with a fourth to build before i start painting them

see what i mean about several new projects - classing them under single heading of 'kits' so it does not sound like i have just started loads of projects when i have several others unfinished :lol:

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Re: Alex3410's Workbench

Postby JohnN » Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:54 pm

It gets a bit like that sometimes. When I moved I rationalised my stash and shed about 70 of my unbuilt aircraft kits leaving just a dozen I like to think I'll finish sometime. I have many ideas and things I'd like to try and not enough time to spend on them. To be honest I struggle finding time for the layout a lot of the time.

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Re: Alex3410's Workbench

Postby alex3410 » Wed May 13, 2015 9:08 am

its taken me awhile (easily distracted by other jobs :lol: ) but i have finished the spitfire:

ImageUntitled by Alex Wells, on Flickr
ImageUntitled by Alex Wells, on Flickr
ImageUntitled by Alex Wells, on Flickr


really pleased with the result - i am going to make a makeshift area on the layout to display this and some other kits i have planned so watch this space :)

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Re: Alex3410's Workbench

Postby Terrier » Wed May 13, 2015 9:15 am

She's a beauty Alex! :)

(Tempest...) :wink:

sorry, had to... :oops: :D

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Re: Alex3410's Workbench

Postby Terrier » Wed May 13, 2015 9:25 am

hang on??? sorry, well, box says spitfire, and i guess they know what their making lol!!??

I take a bow and if anyone needs me, i'll be back underneath my rock :oops: :oops:

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Re: Alex3410's Workbench

Postby Lysander » Wed May 13, 2015 9:26 am

Agreed - good result.

Do you use a decal softener to get them to sit flush ?

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Re: Alex3410's Workbench

Postby alex3410 » Wed May 13, 2015 9:59 am

I thought all of the Tempest's had the chin on them from the typhoon but a quick google shows some did not have it some examples here if anyone interested so you learn something new every day :D

to be honest Airfix could have easily put any number of kits in the box and i probably wouldn't have been able to tell :lol:

@Lysander - Thank you, i do have some but being lazy didn't go and dig it out instead opting to just place them 'stock' as the instructions indicated - the finish is down to the quality of the kit and the transfers provided they went on like a dream & I am really impressed with them, its just a shame that not all of airfix kits are the same quality or that they don't indicate release dates on the box to help identify the new kits.

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Re: Alex3410's Workbench

Postby nickbrad » Wed May 13, 2015 1:03 pm

That does look very nice indeed, much better than what i ever produced back when I used to built static kits

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Re: Alex3410's Workbench

Postby alex3410 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:59 am

I have started this months competition which is a rake of wagons but in the meantime i have been working on another project - a 1:72 Revell Thunderbolt

ImageUntitled by Alex Wells, on Flickr

the plan with this one is to fit the Airfix 1:24 motor into it - i have previously managed to fit it into a 1:48 spitfire but 1:72 would mean it can feature on my layout! I wanted it in a spit again but the body is not wide enough to fit the motor so after some searching the Thunderbolt was the next best thing.

ImageUntitled by Alex Wells, on Flickr

In the photo below you can see the metal rod that forms part of the motor kit, i wanted to use this to connect the propeller to the motor - test fitting it below
ImageUntitled by Alex Wells, on Flickr

Motor test fitted into the body - mainly to confirm position and that the two halves would in fact join together still!
ImageUntitled by Alex Wells, on Flickr

A shot of the propeller and the metal rod:
ImageUntitled by Alex Wells, on Flickr

test fitting it again before i permanently join the two halves - with my high tech method of holding it in place :lol:
ImageUntitled by Alex Wells, on Flickr

Testing it would spin freely:
ImageUntitled by Alex Wells, on Flickr

all sealed up with no turning back
ImageUntitled by Alex Wells, on Flickr

from under the plane you can see the wires that come from the motor and out along side the landing gear:
ImageUntitled by Alex Wells, on Flickr

a few coats of brush painted silver:
ImageUntitled by Alex Wells, on Flickr

finally its current form:
ImageUntitled by Alex Wells, on Flickr


I need to start with the transfers but have been distracted by this months competition entry :lol: the plan is to install the plan on the layout when its completed, i will then feed the wires under the baseboard and use a DCC chip to enable me to control the speed of the propeller & turn it on / off

If it works well i might look at repeating it to have 2-3 of them sitting there spinning away!


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