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 Posted: 24 Aug 2017 12:36
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Spurred on by Keith's tackling of a Genesis kit for a Sealion wagon, I remembered that I had a Genesis Diesel Brake Tender sitting unmade on the "to do" shelf. This kit, being a lot simpler than a Sealion, has only taken a couple of short evening sessions to get to this stage.

The roof ends need trimming, and all the gaps need to be filled, but the basic shape is there and it is already capable of being run. Small details to add include the brake wheels and the vacuum pipes, with lamp irons having to be fabricated from some wire.

I used Hornby 14.1mm coach wheels, and NEM fishtail pockets with the actual fishtail bit cut off. A small fillet of wooden coffee stirring stick fills the recess in the bogie frame end, allowing the pockets to be glued at exactly the right height. I cheated slightly in using the correct wheelbase for mounting the bogies, but trimming off the end overhangs from the inner ends of the sideframes to allow a little extra swing. This vehicle will go around the tightest of model railway curves if required!





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 Posted: 24 Aug 2017 12:42
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Nice always found these interesting wagons
As a kid I at first, I didn't understand why BR diesels needed a brake tender didn't know about Non braked stock etc

Looking forward to seeing it finished :thumbup:

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I've been looking at the "Genesis" Independant Snow Plough kit as a possible buy, but realised I have an 8f tender spare, so am currently looking at the feasibility of using this to create a snow plough. I have seen the diesel brake tender on the Genesis site, so that also could be on the cards at some future point, as I'm quite getting into these white metal kits now, so thanks for the reminder Jeff.
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Continuing with the Bratchell class 455/9 kit, I have been roughly painting the front ends and tidying up the "swoops", although all are still very rough and unfinished.






I am still awaiting the vinyls from Electra, which will allow me to match the colours properly.

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 Posted: 20 Oct 2017 09:54
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For my pre-grouping trains, I rather admired Hornby's forthcoming Crystalate wagon, but the catalogue illustrations showed the huge, clunky coupling. I had rather hoped they would use something finer, but when it came out very recently, sure enough, clunky and chunky couplings were present. However, a little bit of investigation showed that they were of the Dapol-style clip in type. A while back, I discovered that the first release new-style Hornby Pullman couplings were a direct clip-in replacement for the larger couplings. As the all of my early Hornby Pullmans were modified with the slightly later NEM pocket couplings and revised bogies (parts that Simon Kohler, in Hornby's name happily supplied), I have a reasonable supply of these finer couplings. 

The original coupling type, removed from the wagon:




The replacement ex-Pullman coupling:




The underside of the wagon with the replacement couplings in place.




And the wagon as it is now. I'm much happier with it with the finer couplings. Perhaps it could do with a little weathering, but then again, a lot of my other P. O. and railway company wagons also need that.

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 Posted: 25 Oct 2017 11:58
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Well, I got cracking and fitted the Kadee #20 couplings to both units. I was also going to perform a decoder swap with another (completely different) unit that I had recorded on my spreadsheet as having a Lenz decoder, but only requiring two functions. However, on reading the decoder on that unit, it turned out to be manufacturer 48, i.e. Hornby, which means I have now located my second Sapphire decoder! The result of this was that the Zimo MX634D decoder had to remain in the TC for the time being, so I decided to have another go at programming a Zimo to work the lights properly in these TC units.

I am extremely proud to announce I got it to work.

I started by programming a value of 3 into CV8, then 3 into CV 124 (actually already in there but I wanted to be sure). Then I moved to JMRI Decoder Pro to read the functions, and changed a few checkboxes. The screen shots below were actually a dummy run to duplicate the settings as I didn't take screen shots while I was actually doing the programming. The first shot is the "before" and the second is the "after" - the area with the orange highlight is the section I was playing with.






The upshot of all this is that both units now have operable interior lights. The following shots and video show the combined train in action, with blue unit 416 (with Lenz Silver 21 decoder) leading blue/grey unit 404 (with the Zimo decoder), propelled by Heljan 33/1 D6520 with legomanbiffo sound (ESU LokSound). The video also shows bif's drive lock feature in action; the speed is held while the engine has been ramped up to full thrash. The interior lights on the Lenz decoder work on F5, while the Zimo one works them on F3. I didn't want to tempt fate by fiddling further to try to get them on the same F keys!








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 Posted: 23 Dec 2017 12:22
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As if I need more rolling stock, I have been doing another quick kit-build, this time it's a Parkside BR/SR plywood sided CCT, which were actually built in BR days to the same basic design as the previous SECR and Southern Railway versions. I pre-painted the sides before assembly to allow easier adding of the window glazing and bars. The bars are just plastic micro-strip, although the thicker ones are actually a fraction too wide, but they were the closest I could get. The first pic shows it in a raw state, with a few bits still to add, while the second shows it in nearly complete form awaiting a few paint touch-ups and some transfers.






This gives me yet another minor variation on the SECR/SR style CCTs and PMVs.

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Another nice job done. :thumbs:



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Yet another older locomotive has now been converted to DCC. This one was quite a decent runner to start with, but is an earlier Bachmann class 45 chassis, with an even older Mainline body. 45 048 has the giveaway moulded roofline that allowed Mainline to separate the roof colour on the BR green versions - Bachmann themselves used slightly updated mouldings with that raised line correctly eliminated from the cabs back.

I needed a fairly thin decoder but the footprint was unimportant as there is lots of room in that regard; a Lenz Standard+ decoder with the 8-pin plug cut off was what was required. I analysed the fairly simple PCB and wiring to see what was needed. The brush wires were easily identified and desoldered, then the orange and grey wires were soldered to those. The track feed wires were soldered to the PCB bus tracks at each end, again easily identified and left alone. The red and black decoder wires were soldered to the relevant PCB tracks (red to the right).

The trickiest bits were isolating the headlights, which had a small side track on the PCB and what I thought were resistor in line, but were more probably diodes. I cut the side tracks with a slitting disc in the Dremel, then soldered the white wire to the point where the diode connected to the headlight wire, and did the same with the yellow wire at the other end. The blue common return was connected to both ends, to the desoldered return wires for the headlight bulbs. 

A test showed that the motor worked on DCC, but the wheels desperately needed cleaning. That task accomplished, I then tried out the directional headlights; forwards worked but reverse did not. At that point I decided that I had done enough for the night, so ran the loco back and forth a few times on the main lines, then took the photos. For some reason all of the photos came out slightly fuzzy, but they'll do for now. I'll deal with the non-working light tomorrow.






After this, I need to cut off the body-mounted buffer beams and put them where they should be, on the bogies.

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 Posted: 5 Jan 2018 10:37
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SRman wrote:
For my pre-grouping trains, I rather admired Hornby's forthcoming Crystalate wagon, but the catalogue illustrations showed the huge, clunky coupling. I had rather hoped they would use something finer, but when it came out very recently, sure enough, clunky and chunky couplings were present. However, a little bit of investigation showed that they were of the Dapol-style clip in type. A while back, I discovered that the first release new-style Hornby Pullman couplings were a direct clip-in replacement for the larger couplings. As the all of my early Hornby Pullmans were modified with the slightly later NEM pocket couplings and revised bogies (parts that Simon Kohler, in Hornby's name happily supplied), I have a reasonable supply of these finer couplings. 

The original coupling type, removed from the wagon:




The replacement ex-Pullman coupling:




The underside of the wagon with the replacement couplings in place.




And the wagon as it is now. I'm much happier with it with the finer couplings. Perhaps it could do with a little weathering, but then again, a lot of my other P. O. and railway company wagons also need that.



Jeff, This is a really nice livery and what a Subject Billard Balls
I have never seen this before Will have to look out for one.
Thanks for posing up a out the couplings as well I have a few of the Pullman’s with new replacement couplings and a box of spare hooks that now have a use :thumbup:



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 Posted: 5 Jan 2018 10:59
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That's why we modellers never - repeat: never - throw anything away!!

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 Posted: 15 Jan 2018 23:17
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A while back, I bought three Slaters Private Owner wagon kits from an eBay seller. These are very easy to build kits, so I finished the first two fairly quickly. I substituted Hornby or Keen-Maygib metal wheels for the plastic ones supplied in the kits. The Hornby ones, being slightly larger in diameter, required a small amount of filing the brake blocks to ensure clearance.




The third wagon has been sitting around for a little longer, but I chose to do it last night as a 'quickie' job. I'm still painting the underframe bits, but it is coming along rapidly. All that remains to do is a little retouching of the ironwork on the wooden underframe, and the fitting of Parkside NEM coupling adapters and some suitable Bachmann or Hornby couplings.

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