Building a single slip in O gauge.

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  1. jakesdad13

    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Dec 14, 2015
    It's been a while since I contributed anything to the forum as life has been chucking curveballs at me. Karen gave me a fright by having what appeared as a heart attack. She ended up in hospital for a couple of days where the excellent doctors and nurses diagnosed unstable angina. For weeks after I have been keeping a close eye on her and didn't want to leave her un attended. Anyway, things have been ok for a little while and Christmas and the New year have come and gone and no sign of any problems so I have been back in the shed (I think she was glad to see the back of me for a couple of hours :)).
    I have been struggling with the old mojo so I've decided to go off at a tangent and started building an O gauge single slip, I have had it for quite a while now and didn't have much of an idea for what to do with it.
    Some of you know that I am also a member of the 7mm scale society, a new forum for O gauge modellers. One of the members has organised a competition for members to build a small, 10 square foot layout using a single point, the point can be a single turnout, a 3 way, or a slip. My choice being the single slip as I happen to have one, whether it will become part of a layout is something else.

    The kit is an old Waverley one, the manufacturer unfortunately passed away quite a few years ago no one took on business. It is a very good kit in that there is little to fettle and all the components go together really well, that doesn't mean it cannot be improved.

    It uses copper clad for the sleepers nickel silver rails and what appears to be fibre glass tie bars.


    It came packed in a plastic bag and with a thick card that I used for building the slip on.

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    The sleepers come/came with a coating for ease of soldering but were so old that I had to use acid flux, that will need a good scrub with Barkeepers friend when I've finished it.

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    Still a ways to go, but I reckon another couple of hours should get it ready for paint.

    Cheers, Pete.
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  2. gormo

    gormo Staff Member Administrator

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    Dec 5, 2015
    G`day Pete,
    Family must come first in all things and it`s good to hear that Karen is on the mend.
    Please give her our best regards for a speedy recovery.
    The slip is a good way to get back into things and looks like you`ve made a cracking start already.
    That kit must have been a good one in it`s day, and indeed still is to my eye.
    I look forward to seeing how it comes out all finished.......:thumbs::thumbs::thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:
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  3. York Paul

    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    Aug 20, 2017
    Glad to hear Karen is getting well and you are feeling more relaxed now... stay cool my friend... the project sounds very interesting. I had also considered joining the 7mm Scale Society but wouldn't take any challenges on.:thumbup:
  4. paul_l

    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    Dec 5, 2015
    Nice one Pete, good to hear Karen is on the mend, and your mojo is returning from its vacation.

    All the best

  5. Rob Pulham

    Rob Pulham Happily making models Staff Member Administrator Feature Contributor

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    Sep 15, 2017
    Good to see you back at the bench Pete, and to hear that Karen is improving. The point kit looks just the thing to get your interest back.

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