Bilco's Bodgements #7

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Bilco's Bodgements #7

Postby Bilco » Fri Jul 30, 2021 1:00 pm

Way back at the end of Bodgement #1 I swore an unbreakable oath that I wouldn't build any more Katie kits - I'd done battle with 6 by then ...

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However, the stricture didn't apply to all Heywood locos and the possibility of recreating Effie again has come up. The prototype was found to have very limited coal- and water-carrying capacity, so a tender was made at Duffield Bank. No photos of Effie plus tender are known, but Mike Decker made a drawing of the ensemble in 2019 - unfortunately it's copyright, so I can't show it here ..

So, that is to be the subject of Bodgement #7. A list of odd kit parts has been sent to Michael Rayner of Smallbrook Studio which I hope he'll be kind enough to let me buy, and a length of PVC tubing for the boiler has been ordered - I used a 35mm film cassette container last time, as the mechanism I originally used had a large motor. This gave an oversize boiler, but this time I'll be using a Smokey Joe mech from the get-go, so a correctly sized boiler is doable ...

UPDATE ...

Today a package of kits, bits, and a chassis arrived from Smallbrook Studio - many thanks, Michael ...

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I'm hoping that these will all be adaptable to 'Effie' components - I shall have to crack on now, no excuses ...

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Re: Bilco's Bodgements #7

Postby Bilco » Tue Aug 03, 2021 10:42 am

Well, a wet weekend had to filled somehow ...

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... so I put the Effie tender body together from bits of styrene. Seen here with the dismembered Sand Hutton Waggon chassis from Smallbrook - it needs to be lengthened and widened ...

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... like this. Just the ends of the chassis to finish off ...

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Re: Bilco's Bodgements #7

Postby Bilco » Thu Aug 05, 2021 2:15 pm

Right - chassis finished and body fixed in place. Still lots of detail to add ...

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Here it is, behind Ettie. At the moment it's on the wheels that came with the waggon kit - 13mm 3-hole. It should have 15mm 4-hole wheels -if I can source some ...

We're away to Shropshire for the weekend - I'll start work on the Smokey Joe chassis when I get back ...

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Re: Bilco's Bodgements #7

Postby Bilco » Tue Aug 17, 2021 3:51 pm

So much for good intentions. Since getting back from Shropshire I've wrestled with a new smart TV, new broadband provider, new router, and new computer - all to be connected and set up as I want. As if that wasn't enough, we've had a family visit for 4 days. Fortunately, my son-in-law works in IT, so has been a great help in guiding me through the mysteries of computery ...

Finally, I've got back to the important things, like making a start on that Smokey Joe chassis ...

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Here it is after the grosser bits of hackery have been perpetrated. Also present is the replacement motor - originally for a Hornby Sprinter - and the worm that I have to attach to it with the aid of a bit of brass tube ...

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This how it should all end up ...

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Re: Bilco's Bodgements #7

Postby Bilco » Mon Aug 23, 2021 1:28 pm

A productive weekend - helped by the less-than-summery weather ...

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The Hornby chassis has had some (slightly) finer hackery committed to it, and the wheels filled in. The whole chassis has been shortened, and the front end now has a slight slope towards the rear to produce the angled cylinders (when I get round to making them), and the underside is angled ...

I notice that the wheels are slightly different on this brand new Chinese-made chassis, with the centre not raised as before - in fact, the only raised bit is around the holes for the crankpins ...

Also, the motor has been Aradited to the modified mount, to match Ettie, and the worm attached ...

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Also, a start has been made on the footplate - still to have the top plating added, which will hide the less-than-neat joins ...

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... and with additional cut-outs to clear the wheel flanges at the sides of the main hole ...

I now have the 25mm tubing for the boiler ...

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... so that will probably be the next bit of construction ...

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Re: Bilco's Bodgements #7

Postby Bilco » Mon Aug 23, 2021 3:11 pm

No sooner said than started ...

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Ignore the skew-whiff footplate ...

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Re: Bilco's Bodgements #7

Postby Bilco » Sat Aug 28, 2021 6:59 pm

The boiler is now fixed in place. When I built ETTIE I used an oversized piece of tube because of the original big motor, later replaced witht the chassis. It sat so that the top of the boiler was at about the right height. On this build I've used a piece of 25mm tubing to match the prototype, and set it a little up from the footplate to get the top at the right height. This has meant that there is a bigger gap between the footplate and the edges of the cutout in the underside of the boiler, which has to be filled ...

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... with this result. I've tried to set the filling strip at an angle to offset this a little, but careful painting will be needed to disguise it ...

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This front view shows the little block under the boiler and smokebox to raise it to the correct height ...

I sourced two 15mm 4-hole wheesets for the tender from Markits, but the holes as made are very small ...

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So, a little work with a 1.5mm drill later ...

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... we have something that looks a lot closer to the desired wheels than the 13mm 3-hole wheels did ...

More work to do on the boiler - smokebox front and saddle for a start ...

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Re: Bilco's Bodgements #7

Postby Bilco » Mon Aug 30, 2021 3:58 pm

Some more work on the boiler ...

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... dome and chimney are standard Smallbrook castings - might need to be shortened, although they worked OK on ETTIE ...

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The smokebox front took a while to get right. I'm using three drawings of Effie, all to 1:24 scale, but different interpretations of the loco. Smithers book shows a more waisted smokebox front and that matches the famous photo of Sir Arthur standing by Effie, so that's what I've gone for. Also, Smithers shows a wider cab front sheet - I made ETTIE's too narrow ...

A little more work needed on the lower part of the boiler, then on to the cab ...

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Re: Bilco's Bodgements #7

Postby chris stockdale » Tue Aug 31, 2021 7:21 am

Hi Bill,

I know you call them bodgements but they're far more than I could do in any scale.


Alas, it's awful quiet in here these days but hopefully others look in too.

Cheers,

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Re: Bilco's Bodgements #7

Postby Bilco » Tue Aug 31, 2021 12:39 pm

Many thanks Chris. I like to keep posting here to keep things going - not everyone goes to NGRM Online ...

Bodgements seems to suit my haphazard way of working - and I don't always show the horrors that have been covered up ...
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Re: Bilco's Bodgements #7

Postby Bilco » Sat Sep 04, 2021 1:11 pm

Right, cab side sheets and front made ...

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laid out ...

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... and propped in place ...

I'm going to have to make a start on putting all those rivets on the smoke box soon ...

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Re: Bilco's Bodgements #7

Postby Thorness » Sat Sep 04, 2021 3:59 pm

Looking good!

I hope you haven't counted the rivets!

And i think you should change the title of these threads to "Bilco'S Brilliance"!

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Re: Bilco's Bodgements #7

Postby Bilco » Wed Sep 15, 2021 4:02 pm

Many thanks, Don - but knowing what's gone on 'behind the scenes' I'll stick with Bodgements ...

So, after several days on on-again, off-again modelling I'll post the latest state of things ...

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Lots of rivets, and the boiler bands are on. The chimney, dome and cab front are just propped in position to see how it looks. Please excuse the black splodges on the smokebox front and firebox - I used afibre-tip pen to mark up rivet positions, and it dissolved in the liquid styrene glue. There's nothing wrong with the other side - just nothing very different, and I couldn't be a***d to change it around ...

I had to add 3mm to the rear of the boiler - I couldn't understand why the dome didn't fit between the cab front and rear boiler band. Then I compared things with the drawing ...

There are lots of details still to add, too numerous to list, and much to do with the chassis ...

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Re: Bilco's Bodgements #7

Postby DCRFAN 3 » Fri Sep 17, 2021 8:44 am

Yes nice. I like the real Minimum Gauge feel.

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Re: Bilco's Bodgements #7

Postby Bilco » Tue Sep 21, 2021 3:08 pm

Many thanks DCRFAN3 ...

Not much to show for a weekend sticking annoying little bits of styrene to other annoying bits of styrene ...

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Anyway, a pair of cylinders. Outer is a piece of thick-wall tubing, with a piece of thin tubing stuck into it. Slices of hexagonal styrene strip for boltheads - one there on the left that needs redoing. The right-hand cylinder shows the groove cut into the cylinder for the slide-bar ...

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