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hendie last won the day on January 1 2016

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  1. excellent work there on the canopy. The effort was definitely worth it - it really brings the kit alive.
  2. Bill, I think I'm just going to bite the bullet and buy a set of jaws from the Little Machine Shop. They advertise a set which fits the Chinese made lathes. I saved $150 on the price of the lathe, so I'm not too put out at having to spend another $30 - $40, especially when I should get a new chuck in a few months time from the supplier. I was out with a buddy last night and we had a few beers. I had one too many golden monkeys and am feeling a bit under the weather today... just as well I took a couple of days vacation! As a form of self punishment, I spent a few hours this morning lapping the gibs for the lathe. I didn't realize just how bad they were until I had one all polished and compared it to the other. Hopefully that will make a bit of difference to the cross slides. I'm also going to replace all the adjustment screws and lock nuts with stainless steel items. Bling for machinists. By that time, my head should be better and I can crack on with the bogies which I am hoping to get finished by this coming weekend.
  3. absolutely wonderful build. Blown away by the detail and execution. Modeling as an art form.
  4. agreed. Creating the seats in 3D is simple. Paying for them in any quantity is something else, particularly if you go for the "ultra detail" material. I loaded a model up to Shapeways the other day (for the train build) and it came to over $60 for a part around 20mm x 20mm x 60 mm (and I shelled it out to save on material costs)
  5. nicely done. Very nicely done. Congratulations!
  6. Rich, I think an occasional hint of color here and there on the computers wouldn't go amiss
  7. interesting, that's a subject I had also considered scratch building a while back. Rather than resin for the entire body, I'd maybe go for an aluminum tube overmolded with a layer of resin. Aluminum tube for strength (and saving on resin and weight), and resin to capture the detail. Of course, it would be nice to add some interior detail also, but that would still be fairly simple to achieve, even with an aluminum tube in the main body. I remember having one of these as a small child - it came with a catapult and parachute. Though no idea where it came from - possibly via TV21 ? I also remember while researching for my own scratch build, coming across a website where someone had done a really good scratch build, and that site included detailed dimensioned drawings. I'll see if i can dig it up again
  8. well, it appears my counting was a bit off. I did a quick count this morning and there are approximately 350 to 400 individual parts on each bogie ! (I got fed up counting the rivets) I called the lathe people this morning Apparently they're not allowed to open a box (in stock) take out the parts nicely packed in the styrene box top, and send them to me in an envelope that would take a few days and cost about $1.50 in postage. They have to order an entire new chuck, complete with 2 sets of jaws from China which will cost $82 (them, not me) and take a minimum of 10 weeks to arrive. Or I could return the whole shebang, and wait a couple of weeks until a new one arrives - and hope that everything is in order with that one. or.... I could go ahead with the order from China, buy a spare set of jaws for $35, then stick the replacement on fleabay when it eventually arrives. hmnnnnnn ... I wonder what I'll do....
  9. Thanks Kev, I'll dig into that over the next few weeks. There was limited time available in the hendershop today in between house chores and being a taxi driver for the daughter. Still, we take what we can get, don't we ? Apologies for the rather blurry photo but here I present for your delectation, a (except for paint) brake assembly, complete with hanger brackets and wotnots. Each one of these little blighters is made up of 18 separate components - I really must count up how many individual components there are in one complete bogie some day. I reckon there's at least 200 parts in there. This shot gives a better view of how it all fits in there. I still have to add a couple of blocks for the hanger brackets to attach to but that's easy peasy. Then I realized that I have only made enough frames to hang brake blocks on the outside ends of each bogie. 'doh! I need to make another 4 frames to hang the brakes on the wheels towards the center of the bogie. Still, It should take too long now that I have a rough idea of what I'm doing. A quick coat of paint and voila..... well, dry fitted 'cos I couldn't wait to see what it looked like. I let the camera have a little flash to keep it happy and try and bring out the detail a bit. I think I'll need to do something to break up the monotonous black tones in there. Some weathering wouldn't go amiss on the brake blocks and the frame supporting them. I think I'm beginning to get fed up saying "at least I'll know it's in there"!
  10. Kev, you are absolutely correct, as I soon found out for myself. I'll look into the maple. The one thing I haven't considered yet is the thickness, and also the stability of material I am going to have to work with - that may play into the final choice. I'm trying to keep everything as true to scale as possible... external dimensions, internal dimensions etc. External dimensions are fixed. They are what they are. The Internal dimensions, I may have a little leeway with, but not much if I want to include all the detail and keep compartment sizes reasonably accurate - so that means that the carriage wall thickness is going to have to be pretty close to a scale version of the 1:1, yet still be strong enough structurally to hold it all together. If only you'd been able to read the weekly volleyball newsletter "The Curiously Peculiar Chronicle" written by my fine upstanding alter ego Hieronymus Receptacle II, late of this parish. Some of those ran to 14+ pages and were a sort of "If Terry Pratchett had written Viz as an educational tool for Americans."
  11. I think you are right Bill. The only part of the frame that can be seen from the end is the horizontal connector bar, so it looks like they'll be getting used. I'm glad I remade the brake pads though - the new ones look much better
  12. looks lovely, but I wouldn't want to try one
  13. lovely job - well worth the wait
  14. Why do I have to clear out this stupid editor every time I go to make a post ? Talk about buggy software ! Amateurs! Well, things went pretty good today, or at least they have so far. The wheels cleaned up nicely, or nice enough, so they were then given a coat of Alclad clear matt which went on nicely and provided a nice, and hopefully tough finish. Then came the moment of truth, a real milestone in the build.... it was time to fit the wheels permanently! Paint was scraped off the inside of the bogies so that the axle boxes were being glued to the brass frame, and not just to a skin of paint. I used the E6000 which I am really coming to love. It grabs within a few minutes, leaving plenty of time for positioning, and when cured it seems to be very strong, but it is also very flexible. Obviously, that's not good for every job, but there are times that comes in handy. Anyhoos, I slabbered some glue on the inside of the bogies, then gently placed each set of wheels in place and pressed them home once satisfied with the position. Here, we now have two sets of bogies, all ready to go... well, at least ready to roll. The little bit of wheel left protruding through the axles box will be covered with these little caps - these are just pushed on for effect. They'll get fitted later. Shown in a slightly better light in this shot. With all the handling and footering about, there's a few places of touch up needed, but overall, I'm very pleased with the way these have turned out. Now the wheels are on I can begin to fit the brake assemblies. The resin brake pads can clearly be seen here. It looks like my frames are a bit oversize. I can get them to fit so I'll have a think about whether to remake them a bit smaller or not - as when everything is the right way up, very little can actually be seen. For example, from the side, this is as much of the brake assemblies as you are going to see. - 1/2 a brake pad ! So, good progress today, but now the family chores need seen to
  15. Oh what a saga these wheels have been. Turning the wheels down o the lathe was fairly easy, even for a cludge like me. Painting them was a different matter. I decided to try a different route in painting from the method I used before. - I hadn't finished all 4 sets of wheels so decided to do the entire lot at the same time. I began by giving them a coat of etch primer - which then decided to play up on me by cracking in certain areas. My fault I think - I used a rattle can and it went on a bit thick So, all the cracks were sanded back and I gave all the wheels a coat of satin white. No masking - just white all over the things. Then I tried my crazy method of masking.... I laid out some masking tape on my cutting mat, and used a circle cutter to cut a disc the same as the OD of the white. It took me a few attempts and quite a bit of masking tape to get the diameter right, but once I was there, it was easy. The masking disc was then placed over the wheels and the wheels sprayed black. Of course, this meant that the inner section of the wheels were still white, so using the circle cutter, I cut some more discs - this time the ID of the white section. These were a lot more difficult to place but I soon got into a rhythm of sorts. With the white section of the wheels now masked off, I sprayed black again.... leaving a nice white ring around the wheels. Okay, they're not perfect, but neither are the one on the 1:1 - it's a train isn't it ? There's been a little bit of bleed here and there, but once the paint hardens I think I can toothpick the stuff off fairly easily. And considering you only see about 30% of the wheel, if there are any poor areas, they'll get placed behind the bogie frame so you can't see them ! I hope to get that all done tomorrow, and then get a clear coat on them for protection. When that is done, I can then start assembling the bogies at long last. It's only been what ? two years or so! ... and the lathe people are playing silly beggars now. So I may have to return the lathe for a replacement. If they want to pay shipping for sending a 90 lb package all the way across the USA twice, that's fine by me - I got the wheels done so I can live without the lathe for a few weeks (even although it's a lot of fun!)