Locomotives and Rollingstock on your Workbench

 
  Indefatigable Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Taking advantage of the long weekend, I'm currently upgrading two Columbia Models 1971 BCWs as per Ray Zhu's article in the Feb 2013 AMRM.

Getting the roof off was fine until I got to the left-hand side. Just didn't want to budge. Will post more as it goes on.



Cheers,
Ben

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  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
Good luck with the rest of the job Ben.....you never know what you're going to get when you start dismantling a model, eh?!

Cheers

Roachie
  Indefatigable Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Thanks Roachie! Was actually pretty impressed with the level of detail inside.

Below is the progress I managed to get to today. Gave it a new roof - a Venetian blind that work was throwing out (win!) - to get a more accurate thickness. Need to add the grade control lever and uncoupling lever before adding a new brake wheel. May have broken one of them off in turning it over. I'm considering adding a little extra detail based on the photos in the AMRM and others I've found through Rob O'Regan's site.



Cheers,
Ben
  railmod Chief Train Controller

Thanks Roachie! Was actually pretty impressed with the level of detail inside.

Below is the progress I managed to get to today. Gave it a new roof - a Venetian blind that work was throwing out (win!) - to get a more accurate thickness. Need to add the grade control lever and uncoupling lever before adding a new brake wheel. May have broken one of them off in turning it over. I'm considering adding a little extra detail based on the photos in the AMRM and others I've found through Rob O'Regan's site.



Cheers,
Ben
Indefatigable
Looking good Ben,

it would be good to see a photos of the completed model.

Cheers Alex.
  Indefatigable Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Thanks for the comments so far guys. I get a lot of benefit out of others posting their works in progress both here and in the blogs, so I thought it'd be good to continue with some pictures.



I noticed when looking at one side of the wagon in prototype photos that there are a few items of underframe detail that stand out, but haven't been included on the existing model. The angled steel frame on the underbody, directly under the codeboard and the piping and brake rigging being chief among these.

So I decided to have a go at representing them one mine. I say representing because I didn't have plans to hand, and, the model isn't completely accurate to the prototype.



I chopped around 0.5mm off each end when attaching it to the underbody to avoid it hanging lower than the existing detail. I used Evergreen 101, same as the slats on the side, mainly because it was the best material I had at hand. I'm sure a thinner strip could be found.



This, and the start of some of the piping detail really enhance what I think are easily seen bits of detail, even if you are predominantly going to be looking down onto the wagons.

Will keep posting updates, but for now I need a break from staring through the magnifying lamp.

Happy Modelling!

Ben
  glennofootscray Junior Train Controller

Location: Footscray
Some of the fun and games off the rails at Victoria Street, installing warm white LEDs, fibre optic marker lights and a lighted saloon all controlled by a bog standard NCE D13SRJ decoder mounted under the drop centre for ease of service should it smoke up like the prototype.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/glennofootscray/10334354776/

for the latest from the blog.

http://glennofootscray.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/more-lights-and-moment-of-darkness.html

Regards Glenn
  crisfitz Chief Commissioner

Location: Enroute somewhere
My first attempt at a Railwest Locomotive - a WAGR / Westrail Y Class.

Getting closer - not far from the paint shop now...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/midcon/10402969904/
  Indefatigable Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Update on the 1971 BCW upgrade. Underframe gear nearly complete. Next will be the uncoupling levers and then off to the paint shop.



Happy Modelling!

Cheers,
Ben
  645edude Train Controller

Location: In my own little 1/87 world
Hi All
I have been working on a IDR CW elephant van to
add to my collection of cattle wagons.
http://rusted2therails.blogspot.com.au/
Regards 645edude
Mathew Hughes
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Just finished dullcoating a couple of additions to my Tasmanian garden railway roster.

The OT tank wagon is based on photos in it's current state at the Don River railway but the decals are the original TGR style. I've still got to add piping and valves to it.

The EEP has been a pain in the backside, everything that could go wrong has, so the weathering was a requirement to cover a few faults Smile

[img]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7331/11022036793_acba2527e7.jpg[/img]
  Indefatigable Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Finally finished detailing the 1971 BCW. Just in time to be packed away for an upcoming house move! Will post shots once it's painted.




Happy Modelling!

Cheers,
Ben
  mattc66 Locomotive Driver

Hi all, I've been kitbashing a couple of castings from some old diecast trucks I had to create one of the SAR's Dodge MIC's.



So far so good with the basics taking shape. The biggest issue now is finding a suitable mech.

Cheers
  LochRannoch Junior Train Controller

Well, while things on the above project have been drying, I have been busy with something else:

Oh dear! What have I done with the bogies on my N Car's?



Well, when I tried to replace the wheel sets with RP25:88 wheels set to EM (18.2mm) gauge I found that the wheels wouldn't turn as they were too tight in the bogie frames. So what to do?

Well with a set of calipers, Plastic Strip, Liquid glue, a Razor Saw, a Sharp Scalpel and a set of Alan Gibson 10.5mm wheels on 26mm axles (Auscision axles are 25mm) I set to work spacing out the bogie frames by approximately 1mm. I cut the end bolsters roughly in the center then cut either side of the bogie pivot so I could re-set it centrally, 2x21mm lengths of plastic strip and 2x8mm lengths of a slightly thinner strip of plastic and then started to re-build the bogies. I haven't yet decided if I'll re-join the end bolster with some more strip or just leave them open. Will see how they run when I get chance.

Modified bogie on the left, original Aucision bogie on the right:


Anyway, that's it for now (only another six carriages to do), might be an update on the diorama either tomorrow or early next week.

Cheers,

Al.
  LaidlayM Chief Commissioner

Location: Research
Well, while things on the above project have been drying, I have been busy with something else:

Oh dear! What have I done with the bogies on my N Car's?



Well, when I tried to replace the wheel sets with RP25:88 wheels set to EM (18.2mm) gauge I found that the wheels wouldn't turn as they were too tight in the bogie frames. So what to do?

Well with a set of calipers, Plastic Strip, Liquid glue, a Razor Saw, a Sharp Scalpel and a set of Alan Gibson 10.5mm wheels on 26mm axles (Auscision axles are 25mm) I set to work spacing out the bogie frames by approximately 1mm. I cut the end bolsters roughly in the center then cut either side of the bogie pivot so I could re-set it centrally, 2x21mm lengths of plastic strip and 2x8mm lengths of a slightly thinner strip of plastic and then started to re-build the bogies. I haven't yet decided if I'll re-join the end bolster with some more strip or just leave them open. Will see how they run when I get chance.

Modified bogie on the left, original Aucision bogie on the right:


Anyway, that's it for now (only another six carriages to do), might be an update on the diorama either tomorrow or early next week.

Cheers,

Al.
LochRannoch
Nice work Al.  Are there any problems gluing to the plastic the bogies are made from?

It's a pit that they don't allow about 21.5mm between the sides so a more correct gauge gauge can be used with commonly available wheels.  I suppose P87 wheels would fit but they are not easy to get, especially when we need spokes.

Mark
  legman Station Staff
  mattc66 Locomotive Driver

Hi all, progressing well with the MIC. Just got some paint on it so that I can see and fix the remaining defects in the body.



  LochRannoch Junior Train Controller

Nice work Al.  Are there any problems gluing to the plastic the bogies are made from?

It's a pit that they don't allow about 21.5mm between the sides so a more correct gauge gauge can be used with commonly available wheels.  I suppose P87 wheels would fit but they are not easy to get, especially when we need spokes.

Mark
LaidlayM
Hi Mark,

I've used Butanone (MEK) and everything seems to have dried pretty solid so I'm happy, 1 down 5 more to go when I get five mins!
  VLine-N Station Master

Location: Adelaide
Thought I would share my latest fix, not sure if it has been mentioned at all before.
My Auscision N-class diesel was stuttering and stalling constantly which was disappointing as my Auscision B-class is a smooth runner.
I removed the bottom retaining clips that hold the wheels in and carefully cleaned all the wheels, box bearings and the socket they sit in. Reassembled all and found it still was not working well.
Disassembled again and had a closer look. It seems that the box bearings that conduct power from the axles onto their sockets seem to have a large enough gap so that the current flow is not constant
My fix for this was to use a long very thin piece of alfoil strip, folded several times down to about 1cm long and folded this into the sockets on both sides. I then inserted the wheels/bearings back into their sockets and replaced the retaining clips. Did this for all 6 axle sets. Very fiddly job but the end result is I now have a very smooth running loco.
As the box bearing is now a snug fit there is no movement there so I hope the alfoil won't wear away. There is probably other material that could be used but alfoil is what I had on hand. The axles still have enough play in them through the bearings to enable the loco to traverse curves and turnouts
So another one fixed.  Very Happy
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Hi all, I've been kitbashing a couple of castings from some old diecast trucks I had to create one of the SAR's Dodge MIC's.



So far so good with the basics taking shape. The biggest issue now is finding a suitable mech.

Cheers
mattc66
A Bachmann High Rail Pick up truck might be the answer for a mech for it. See this link for other possibilities as well.

http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=258_315
  LochRannoch Junior Train Controller

1st N Set completed, fully EM'd and on the Broad Gauge. Orange V/Line set next into the shops to have the bits that fell off in the post re-fitted and a new set of wheels!

  mattc66 Locomotive Driver

Hi Guys, just thought I would show another little project. These SAR Disc Signals will be a future brass and white metal kit released by Strath Hobbies. These were mounted on masts in places like Adelaide Station but were move common in many yards as a ground mounted signal.



This is one I built out of some test etch parts and some scratch built items but the final kit will be very similar in appearance. I've been a bit sloppy with the paint on this one as it was a test build and I was in a rush.With the next set of test etches I want to try and see if I can light them but I think this will be pushing my luck as they are quite small. If I can achieve this the kits will come with the lighting but it unlikely that they will be operational. I will leave that challenge to others.
  SA_trains Deputy Commissioner

Location: ACT
Hi all, progressing well with the MIC. Just got some paint on it so that I can see and fix the remaining defects in the body.



mattc66


Excellent work!

Love seeing novel items like this for rail modelling in general and SAR in particular.

As for mechanisms... A bullant from Hollywood Foundry or a Beetle from Steam Era could be a good option. (Can you buy Tenshodo spuds anymore????)

Love to see how this progresses.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Well been busy in my holidays, here's a quick presentation :

http://dth.railpage.org.au/trainroom/updates/up4jan2014/P1120649.JPG



Regards,
David Head

ps layout blog updated with some more pics......
  SAR523 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Chicago, IL
mattc66 - those disc signals look very nice!

I was planning on lighting mine with LEDs built into the mechanism bipolar (two lead red and green, wasn't going to bother with caution). Similarly I used 1.2mm leds as marker lights on your marvelous UQ semaphores.
  glennofootscray Junior Train Controller

Location: Footscray
I had a few days off, so this more about the workbench, than what's on it. After being inspired by an article in the December AMRM.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/glennofootscray/11785626664/

More at the BlogSpot, showing the new features.

http://glennofootscray.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/a-place-for-everything-and-everything.html

needless to say, it has improved the disposition of the domestic authorities.

Regards Glenn

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