Discussion in 'Workshop Benches' started by TimberSurf, Aug 15, 2018.
Where’s the drivers door?
I can see this looking good in virgin XC livery!
There is always one smart alec!
Lumsdonia was known for a few things, one was the advanced manufacturing and a spirit of adventure when it came to new technologies, another was their ineptitude when it came to having a holistic/practical solution!
As the the engines and air intake ducting tubes are down the sides of the vehicle, a side door is out of the question. One (moron) suggested that the driver could access the cab from below, meaning he would have to walk between the jet intakes (do people walk in front of plane props and jets? NO), another suggestion was to have a swing up canopy windshield, again asking the pilot (driver) to climb up (the sloped body?) on a ladder like a fighter jet! The final design had a narrow isle down one side, with a contorted path to enable entry from the rear door and a long stooped walk to the front and a contortionists wriggle to get up to the cockpit! It was the same designer (moron) who seriously suggested that as the train would hit aeroplane speeds, that the driver should need an ejection seat! (given the number of crashes that the prototype later had during testing, it might not of actually been a bad idea!)
No.1, you mistake me for someone who knows anything about modern trains, I thought XC was a Citreon?
No.2, I think 1962 predates Virgin!
No.3, Given Virgin are red, the final colour scheme will be the usual Lumsdonia purple (some say its violet?), so not dissimilar.
Your not wrong there Toto that's for sure.
You could always have a removable sun roof for entry.
You would probably need that for the ejection seat anyway... but if the pilot has to “bail” by pulling the yellow and black cords, what happens to the rest of the passengers and crew? Do they have an escape pod or is it like James Bonds Aston Martin?
** Breaking news **
Photos leaked of the new Lumsdale tyrbomotive cockpit!
Thing is Andy this train is based on an HST design which in effect is a glorified DMU but lacks the ability for both engines to work in tandem as in a conventional diesel electric, so you could say the design flaw is that one jet engined unit is pulling forwards whilst the rear unit is also pulling forwards but in the opposite direction. Anyway Lundonia not wanting to pay for platform staff worked out that this train could act as a very powerful leaf blower to get rid of the rubbish and litter from around the stations.
And the neighbouring countryside for a five mile radius.
There could well be a Green protest group in the offing here calling for this thing to be banned as a serious risk to health and sanity
Your all getting carried away! The cockpit was not nearly as suffisticattted as an airyplane, there was a lever and three buttons, one of which was never found out what it did! Simples.
The ejection seat was dismissed as it meant that all bridges would have to be removed from the line in case it was used whilst going under them.
Having said that, all bridges were later removed from the test section of the line, due to an unfortunate incident involving the train passing under the station footbridge at full power, not because the exhaust blew the person off the bridge, but because the lawsuit of setting him alight
It is also mentioned in some of the engineering records about the use of reverse thrust, designed to be used to clear the line of snow, but the text makes mention of the first test making the track devoid of all ballast and further list's repair bills, including building windows, car dent repairs and hole repairs in a corrugated iron shed.
It is documented that the project was scrapped for technical engineering reasons related to the track, but snippets from the local papers are constantly referred to the horrendous noise during the tests. When you see the running video, you can make up your own minds!
That cockpit looks like my VW Passat ..... The emissions are probably similar as well.
Oh dearie me what a pickle Lumsdonia is in, law suits against passengers, destroyed infrastructure, collateral damage to adjoining property and an expensive experimental failure... does that mean the Jetstar has gone in the bin. I did try and warn you about your dodgy casting techniques being under par.
You are forgetting the time dilation fictation factor!
We now know the final outcome post 2000+, but Lumsdonia exists in a quasi state of fantasy flux, capturing the 1950's an 60's.
Any one can make perfect casts, but it needs extra effort to bodge the process to make the final product look like it has been through 4 crashes with the inherent body panel beating rash, at such a fine level of detail!
There is no film of the first three outings and the subsequent crash damage (it was a hush hush project after all), just some between the third and fourth!
I look forward to the YouTube link
er … where's the coffee cup holders?
I went to do my first ever rolling stock repaint with my airbrush and hit a problem. My airbrush has always been a bit problematic, attributed to using very old Humbrol enamels. Since moving to acrylic and getting a quality airbrush, most problems have gone away. I know I am pushing the limits by using artist acrylics and household paint, but even so, with patience of experimenting with mixtures and pressures, I should obtain reasonable results.
I am now ready to paint the bodies of the Jetstar project, having started with a rattle can primer, I tried the first topcoat with my airbrush. It was not working well and trying to increase pressure, I suddenly realised the air compressor was running all the time and never cutting off, as unable to get up to 4 bar. In fact I could barely get 0.5bar.
Something was wrong with my AS186 compressor!
I had no other option than to strip it down!
It was very quickly apparent that the reed valve on top of the piston was bent up. A quick fix to straighten out and re-assemble. No-go!
After several strip downs and rebuilds with micro adjustments of the valve yielding no satisfaction. I was perplexed. Eventually I tried testing the output of the piston head on its own (having re-assemble not only the head each time, but also the connecting pipe to the tank) to see if it would make pressure without the chain of connector/tank/regulator/hoses. Blow me if it cut off straight away when I plugged up the output with my finger!
So the connecting pipe was leaking, I replaced the two O rings that form the actual seal and hey presto everything works as it should do!
A tough morning, but saved the cost of buying a new £80 compressor!