LSWR/SR/BR 24 Ton Brake Van x 2

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  1. Rob Pulham

    Rob Pulham Staff Member Administrator Feature Contributor

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    I have been looking at whether to make the veranda doors hinged. If they were for me I would but I don't want to make them too expensive to sell. :scratchchin:
     
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    Go on you know you want to :avatar:
     
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    Rob Pulham Staff Member Administrator Feature Contributor

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    That's the sad bit, I do!
     
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    Beautiful work Rob well done.
     
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    Rob Pulham Staff Member Administrator Feature Contributor

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    Modelling time has been a bit limited this week so I haven't made much progress on these but I have managed to get one of the basic bodies together and the ends soldered to one side on the other one.

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    That looks like I should have rinsed it a bit better...

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    The last shot will teach me not to sneak in a bit of modelling late at night when I am half asleep... I didn't have the energy to take it of again last night when I realised that I had rather neatly soldered it to the wrong end....
     
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    Last night I unsoldered the errant end and soldered it on at the right end and then made up the second body.

    This morning I added the end platforms before looking at fitting the doors.

    Although I had discussed with Kim the suggestion of adding opening doors I initially planned to solder at least some of them on. When it came to it, I did manage to get them soldered on one end but getting them in the right position was quite difficult and because they are laminated from two full thickness pieces they took a lot of heat from the microflame to get them the solder to melt and I wasn't really happy with them.

    My main concern with making opening doors was how to get the pin in to retain them because the doors fit tight under the strip that runs across the veranda end which represents the timber framing. I thought about drilling a hole in the strip to insert the pin from the top but it was too close to the upright and would have been hard work so I inserted it from the bottom and soldered it in. It does mean that I can't take them off for painting but it was the only way to get them on.




    Once I had the hang of how to do it I had the rest done in a couple of hours.

    Just to prove that they do indeed open I took a short video.

     
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    Nicely done Rob, :tophat::tophat:
     
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    Thanks Pete,

    A couple more sessions in the workshop have seen the bodies almost complete. They just need the small cover plates that were fitted upon the removal of the side lamps in the early 1920's.

    They are becoming increasingly more difficult to keep clean as the build progresses.



     
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    That's quite an amazing feat having opening doors which open, really nice stuff Rob. :tophat::tophat::tophat::tophat:
     
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    Thanks Paul,

    It did make for an interesting time when soldering the overlay corner brackets and handrails on the corner posts to make sure that the hinges didn't come adrift....
     
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    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    Well Rob I learnt a good tip from you that time up in Thirsk... always push your boundaries every time and take your skills to the next level. Top advice for everyone.:tophat::thumbup:
     
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    Cracking feature. I’m well impressed with those doors and the vans are looking smart all made up.
    Enjoying this build!
    Andy
     
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    It has taken going on for 6 hours to get the step boards assembled. I can see why Jim says that this is not an afternoon build. Even taking in to account that I am doing two at once, I reckon that it would take a long weekend at least, to build one of these.




     
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    More work on the workshop has reduced modelling time somewhat but a little progress has been made on the brake vans.
    A lot of progress has been made on the workshop with my spray booth now fitted and vented externally and for the first time my Mini Formit (guillotine/folder/rolling bars) are permanently bolted to the bench and following Pete's post I had another look at the alignment of the blade and anvil and had a lightbulb moment. Unseen previously, underneath the front edge of the anvil are two adjustment screws which push the anvil against the blade. Once I slackened the retaining screws and then used the adjustment screws the blade now sits tight against the anvil and it will happily cut shim so although I haven't tested it yet it should cut the 10 thou nickel and brass sheets that it previously just bent down between anvil and blade.

    To help with the location of the roofs I cut a strip of brass sheet (scrap etch) and then curved and scored it to represent the planking above the verandas. These were soldered to the underside of the roofs.


    Next the roofs were covered in lense cleaning tissue to represent the canvas and finally the chimneys soldered on.


     
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    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Looking good Rob.
     
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    Just catching up on these builds, boy are these impressive.

    Paul
     
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