ACME Bullied light Pacific kit

Discussion in 'Kits, Kit bashes & Scratch builds' started by paul blythe, Jun 29, 2020.

  1. York Paul

    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    You've cracked on with this one Paul... :tophat: yes such things do come to try us but I'm sure to can adequately sort this one. What is you plan of attack ... strap across the back join with strips of brass then buildup and shape the surface with solder and fine overlay fill with stopper ?
     
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    Yes something along those lines. To be honest it's not as far on as it looks. Boiler barrell is formed but just resting on the loco. Currently trying to plan how to put the smokebox saddle together.
     
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    Nice progress Paul. Nice to see yet another kit offering the builder some “interesting” challenges
     
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    Thank you. This one is certainly a challenge. As much as i like assembling the better quality kits these bargain basement scratch aids are very satisfying if you can bash them into something resembling the prototype. i've build a few locos with resin/plastic or cast parts and always feel the finished article is more a Testement to the designers skill than of my own. My bargain basement kits sometimes arnt 100% with slight mishappen bits but they are my ugly ducklings.
     
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    Main thing as I always say is you've put your stamp on it and brought the kit up to the next level, if the person selling the bargain basement ones had done likewise they wouldn't have been for sale. Great work Paul keep cracking them out. :thumbup::tophat::tophat:
     
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    Small amount of progress to report. I have the smokebox formed around the whitemetal. The two parts of the boiler are soldered together but not yet attached to the smokebox or firebox. Other than that i've just done a bit of tweaking on the tender chassis as it was nodding slightly. its nice and square now.
    Next will be fitting the washout plugs to the inside of the firebox and boiler followed by the fitting of the ashpans.
     
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    Small Amount of progress to report. The boiler came pre rolled so wasn't too difficult to form. i used jubilee clips to keep it round while i soldered the seam across the bottom. There are severel detail inserts soldered behind for clack valve entries to the boiler and washout plugs. I feel these give the boiler a more 3d feel.
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    Here are the ashpans attached to the underside of the firebox. There appears to be no mud hole cover for the lower firebox. This means that you can see right inside. unless there's a casting i've missed i will have to make something myself.
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    Some more progress with the cylinder wrappers going on. No problems to report. I have also tracked the boiler in place. The smokebox is not yet fixed and the casting are just balancing to see how they fit. The boiler to firebox joint is pretty terrible. I have used small tab of waste etch to join the two parts together. The gaps will need filling with a combination of castings, more waste etch and filler
     
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    Little and often seems to be the way to keep progress and interest going. I know have the motion brackets on. I must clean those wheels.

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    The loco is to be powered by a premier components 2 stage 30/1 helical gearbox. I ordered it one day and it arrived the following afternoon. I can't ask for better than that. the motor is a canon.
     
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    I haven't got much modelling done lately, but I have just received some coupling rods from premier. As they are solid and drilled for slaters crankpins they are much quicker to use than the kit ones. There's nothing particularly wrong with the kit coupling rods. The premier ones negate the need to laminate etchings and ream out the crankpin holes.
     
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