2017 Competition: Bashing RTR stock for Gantsville

Have any questions or tips and advice on how to build those bits that don't come ready made.
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Re: 2017 Competition: Bashing RTR stock for Gantsville

Postby alex3410 » Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:23 pm

Dad-1 wrote:I assume laser printing has the same restrictions.


They do i had some and had the same issues, so much so that i don't think i ever actually used any of the ones i printed out on the clear paper.

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Re: 2017 Competition: Bashing RTR stock for Gantsville

Postby nickbrad » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:39 pm

A poorly lit picture to show that with Rob Strachan's help, (of Tilley Yard South fame,) I have managed to fully dismantle the coach, ready for dissection to commence tomorrow evening. If I'm honest, I'm a bit nervous about making the initial cut, but worst case scenario, there are still models of this coach floating around on ebay so I can pick up another if I really need to, (although i'd like to avoid that if possible).

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Re: 2017 Competition: Bashing RTR stock for Gantsville

Postby nickbrad » Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:58 pm

All the lettering is now removed from the body, ready for the chop tomorrow. I keep putting it off, but I'm now at the point where progress on this has stalled until I make the actual body modifications. I guess i could do some work on the flat car instead though......

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The keen eyed will probably notice that both sides are the same moulding, which doesn't match the prototype at all, so some filling/altering of windows will be needed as well as the end chop. It still won't be perfect when I've finished, but I hope to be close enough that casual observers will recognise it as the same as the real thing, (which currently lies half buried in a siding near a power station, inaccessible to all).

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Re: 2017 Competition: Bashing RTR stock for Gantsville

Postby nickbrad » Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:46 pm

For bettor or worse, the chop has been done.

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One thing I am very unhappy with is the sloppiness of the razor saw, this is one of those times where it pays in the long run to buy quality tools as the blade although tightened as much as I could get it, still had quite a bit of vertical movement. As for the blade being very flexible, I don't know if that is normal or not, but i found that these two factors combined made it very hard to keep on a straight line. Luckily the par I cut off is no longer needed, but if I was doing a cut and shut, I'd revert back to multiple strokes with the Swann Morton, even if it took a long time.

The next step is to make a new "end" for the coach and a panel for the balcony, before moving on to the windows. Looking at the prototype again, there's less work involved than originally envisaged, although i will need to replicate one strip of rivets down the side of a window. If anyone has any suggestions for this, it would be gratefully received.


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