Gladiator B16-1 First Test Run

After my mistake with the wheels on Saturday, I sorted them out and with the weather being not too bad we cleaned up part of the circuit on the garden line and gave it a try.

Sadly, the rigid chassis doesn’t take well to my less than generous curves but it is alive and now just needs final detailing.

Here’s a video of it running up and down the straight section.

https://youtu.be/GS0lEnoHSXs

Chris also took a few photos of it in the sunshine. Just a few more details to add before it goes of to Warren for painting.

Gladiator B16-1 First test run

Gladiator B16-1 First test run

Gladiator B16-1 First test run

Gladiator B16-1 First test run

Gladiator B16-1 First test run

Gladiator B16-1 First test run

Gladiator B16-1 First test run

Gladiator B16-1 First test run

Gladiator B16-1 First test run

Ian Kirk 7mm scale All 3rd, a few more details completed

Although I have been concentrating on the B16 I have done a little on the All 3rd by picking out the handles in brass.
I popped all the bits together to see how it looked – it’s still just plonked on the bogies with the roof just resting in place.

Kirk 7mm scale LNER All 3rd Grab and T Handles

Kirk 7mm scale LNER All 3rd Grab and T Handles

Kirk 7mm scale LNER All 3rd Grab and T Handles

I hope that I might get the transfers on this weekend.

Gladiator B16/1 Bodywork Complete, Chassis final details next.

In between popping along to Keighley show where I had a great time chatting to many people I have made much progress on the B16.
Unless something else jumps out at me while working on the chassis, the body is finished. Now it’s onto the electrics plus the final details on the chassis. At this rate I may have to change plans and take it for a run on the test track at Shildon On Saturday afternoon.
While studying the one photo that I have of 61450, I noted that I had missed an oiler on the right rear  splasher. I had made it but can’t recall why I didn’t fit it when I fitted the others but it’s corrected now.

Gladiator B16-1 Body details completed

Gladiator B16-1 Body details completed

Gladiator B16-1 Body details completed

Painting the Kirk’s

At the beginning of each session on the B16 recently I have sprayed the All 3rd in either Carmine, matt varnish or lastly masked up and sprayed the black.
 

Ian Kirk All 3rd Paint job

Ian Kirk All 3rd Paint job

Ian Kirk All 3rd Paint job

 
The paints were both from the Vallejo Model colour range – Carmine and Black. The varnish used was Ronseal water based let down with Vallejo thinners.
 
I also made a start on adding the teak varnish to my Kirk Parcels van.
 

Ian Kirk 51 ft Parcels van – A start on the teak finish

Ian Kirk 51 ft Parcels van – A start on the teak finish

Ian Kirk 51 ft Parcels van – A start on the teak finish

 
Again the finish is Vallejo Model Colour Orange covered by (so far) 7 coats of Ronseal waterbased Teak varnish applied by brush so not let down.

Gladiator B16/1 More Body Details

This week work on the B16 has continued to flow.
The lubricators are on and although you get plain castings I drilled them out to add the pipework inside some microbore tube that I picked up earlier in the year from Barry of MetalSmiths fame.

Gladiator B16-1 Lubricator pipework

There was a thread on the Guild site discussing drilling brass castings and one of the suggestions (besides buying proper drill bits) was to heat to a cherry red heat and let the casting cool naturally. I have used this method before and it has to be said without much success.  I decided to try again and I have come to the conclusion that previously I just didn’t get it red enough – this time the cheapo Microbox type drills went through it like butter. I did you my Proxxon Mini Pillar drill though.

Gladiator B16-1 Lubricator pipework

Gladiator B16-1 Lubricator pipework

Ian Kirk All 3rd Paint job

You know when something niggles at you that there’s something not quite right? Well I had the feeling and finally pinned it down to the fact that the chimney was just not quite on square so I heated it up and attempted to nudge it. I must have been a bit vigorous because the next second it was on the floor. The good news is that in knocking it off I had spread the solder a little in the right direction and putting it on square was a simple matter of putting it in place and then heating it with the microflame until it sank down in the solder. A little cleaning up and I was happy

Detailing the loco body

As mentioned briefly elsewhere the detailing of the B16 is coming along nicely but not without minor frustrations.
This is where I have got to so far –

Gladiator B16-1 Detailing the Loco Body

On to the frustrations, earlier I had made the oil boxes that sit on the front splasher tops, the first one on the right hand splasher too about 10 attempts to solder it on, I would get it positioned and then clamped with self locking tweezers but each time I reached for the soldering iron to solder it from the back the blessed thing either moved or fell off. Finally I got it soldered in place and decided to do the other one. This was even worse, after three failed attempts to solder it on, it flew off into space and despite a good grovel I couldn’t find it. So I set to and made another, blow me if the same thing didn’t happen again. A couple or three failed attempts then twang…..
With the third iteration I filed a slight hollow in the base front to back so that it sat better on the splasher top and I managed to solder it on first go.

Gladiator B16-1 Detailing the Loco Body

Gladiator B16-1 Detailing the Loco Body

Next I made up and fitted the operating rod on the right hand side that was fitted to some locos. The casting was provided in the kit but I scratched the level from some scrap etch. This was all fairly straight forward as was drilling the foot plate and rear splashers and fitting the other oil boxes with the pipes. The boiler furniture again all went smoothly apart from the dome.

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Gladiator B16-1 Detailing the Loco Body

Gladiator B16-1 Detailing the Loco Body

Gladiator B16-1 Detailing the Loco Body

My dome casting was ever so slightly misshapen so that the oval of the dome when viewed from the top was at odds with the curvature of the boiler. As I said it was only marginally out but enough to make the dome sit slightly out of square (if a round object can sit square….) As it turns out it was a blessing in disguise because as designed the kit only caters for the earlier type of boiler. As I understand it the main visible difference between them being the position of the dome either astride a boiler band or between them.
To remedy the misshape I cut of the threaded spigot from the bottom and then using a ball shaped burr I ground out the remnants of it mounting and then I wrapped a strips of sanding belt around the boiler and twisting ever so slightly I rubbed away at the casting  until it sat down ‘squarely’ the added bonus was that I was then able to move it back quite a way so that it only just covered the etched hole in the boiler. While ot 100% in the right place it’s a lot better visually than had I just fitted it through the etched hole and moved on

Gladiator B16

Washout Plugs, Proper

Washout Plugs, Proper
 
Not much modelling done this week due to not being at my best, but a bit of thinking in the lucid moments and looking at photographs of B16’s. The conclusion that I reached is that washout plugs on B61/1’s are a nightmare. Almost every photo you look at has different numbers in different positions – No Swindon standardisation here…
 
So I settled on the understanding that the loco that I am building ‘61450’ had three on the right hand side and two on the left (looking forward from the cab). 61450, would also have to be one of these with the foremost washout plug on the front corner of the firebox. Working out how to do that took a bit of head scratching. 
 
As I have said before, mostly those things that require most head scratching and trepidation prove to be simpler to just get on and do. So it was with this one. I marked off where each one would sit and drilled a small pilot hole. For the four that are sat square to the side I just kept using slightly bigger drill bits until I hit the size for the previously made backing plugs. 
 
For the one at the corner of the firebox, I drilled a pilot quite close to the edge of the side of the firebox and again started to make it bigger. I stopped short two or three sizes smaller than I needed for the others and then using an oval diamond file, I filed the front of the firebox adjacent to the hole so that I had a 3/4 hole in either face of the firebox. I then used a round burr in my Dremel to ease it to final size.
 
Fitting the backing plugs and getting them in position was fun, it took at least three attempts on all but one of them. Once they were all soldered in place it was time to add the half etched overlays to the firebox sides around the holes. I tinned them all while still on the fret then cut them out and filed of the tag. 
 
I decided to use the microflame to solder them in position because I reasoned that using the soldering iron (aside from the possibility of getting solder all over where I didn’t want it), would possibly nudge them out of position too. This created the dilemma of heating the front face while making sure that the plug didn’t drop off the inside of the firebox. to get around this I cut some short lengths of coffee stirrer and wedged them between the two washout plugs inside the firebox and away I went. – I did manage to set fire to one which gave Chris a bit of a moment….
 
On a couple I had to add the tiniest spec of extra solder to get them firm and the one folding around the front of the firebox took a few attempts to get it seated properly in both planes but I got there in the end. They still need cleaning up but not as much as they would have if I had attempted to use the iron to solder them on.
 

Gladiator B16-1 Washout Plugs

Gladiator B16-1 Washout Plugs

Gladiator B16-1 Washout Plugs

They are one of those details that will fade away once lost in the overall paintwork but which would be very noticeable if they weren’t there. The plus point is that now that I have done them once doing them again on other locos will be quite straightforward.

Carriage Interiors – Mirrors and things

One of the jobs that I did over the last week was to knock up some partition details for the All 3rd.
The carriage prints are Chris’s paintings shrunk to fit and the mirrors are also one of Chris’s ideas.
I had tried to print them using a grey but they didn’t come out that well. The next thought was to use baking foil cut on the Silhouette but my concern was that they would damage easily while removing them from the cutting mat.  Chris suggested that I try the foil lined plastic sachets that family sized pack of nuts come in.
She duly cut one up and gave it a wash (this is from a bag of Cashew Nuts, other nuts are available of course).
I quick visit to Inkscape drew me some circles and ovals (I need ovals for my D114 when I get to it).
It almost took more time sticking the two small sheets of plastic to the cutting mat than it did to cut them out – a single cut with the blade set at 1 was enough.

Mirrors and interior details for 7mm scale coaches

Not the best photo in the word but you get the idea

Mirrors and interior details for 7mm scale coaches

A better idea when they were removed from the mat

Mirrors and interior details for 7mm scale coaches

They look the part when attached to the partition – the printed efforts gave a location point if nothing else

Mirrors and interior details for 7mm scale coaches

A couple more for the carriage ends.

JLRT Gresley Diagram 113 Full Brake coach

Somewhat embarrassingly, I have had a JLRT Gresley Diagram 113 full brake sat on the edge of my workbench for the last couple of years. it had stalled at the final fitting of the roof stage.

On Sunday morning Chris asked me if I was ever going to finish it (it was a Christmas gift from her:scratchchin:) So late morning I got stuck into fitting the roof and by the end of the day I had not only fitted the roof I had added most of the underframe fittings too – I had prepared the buffer beams a couple of years ago.
So here it is sat on a pair of borrowed bogie – I put the original Gresley bogies supplied under my first Kirk Parcels van build – I have a pair of Newbould Models 8.0′ Fox to go under this but they need making up.

7mm Scale D113 BG – JLRT

7mm Scale D113 BG – JLRT

I hope to make more rapid progress on this going forward….

7mm Scale Kirk Parcels Coach

Having got Don’s All 3rd well on it’s way and despite spending quite a bit of Saturday stripping off the roof canvas and filling in the holes for the wrongly placed roof vents with stubbs of styrene rod. I also managed to do a bit more at my stalled Kirk parcels van. my last job the previous weekend was to break off the dynamo which in my earlier builds I had stuck onto a fabricated I beam. Now that I have done a more realistic job for Don’s coaches it seemed only fair to do the same for me so I knocked up the mounting brackets and stuck them on.

7mm scale Ian Kirk Parcels Brake coach

This is Don’s roof awaiting the roof vents mounting in the right place,  just perched on my parcels van for the moment. I managed to rescue the destination board brackets and reinstate them on the new re-canvassed roof.

7mm scale Ian Kirk Parcels Brake coach

7mm scale Ian Kirk Parcels Brake coach

7mm scale Ian Kirk Parcels Brake coach

It’s also now sporting hinges and door handles etc.

Gladiator B16-1 Loco Body Detailing

Although I haven’t posted much on this having  concentrated on the caoches I have been making steady progress on the B16.
The tender is now complete with it’s missing Vacuum pipe and axleboxes and just needs a good scrub before I take any photos.
From the previous photos I have fitted the cab roof and working back from the cab I have also fitted the cab side hand rails
I also started work on the washout plugs, and for the upper part of the firebox in the timeframe of this model, the oval base plate had been replaced with a round one.

Gladiator B16-1 Body Details

Gladiator B16-1 Body Details

In the kit these are represented by a circular half etched overlay but those in the kit were a little over etched therefore a bit on the flimsy side. So I made some replacements from some nickel rod threaded 14ba to these I added some Markits Crankpin washers (my last so I need to get some more) and a 14BA nut to finish.

Gladiator B16-1 Body Details

Last thing, I gave it a good clean up scraping off lots of the excess solder that had built up in various areas.

Corgi 1:43rd scale Thornycroft Truck – A bit less toy like

Another vehicle has also passed across the workbench recently.
This example is a Corgi, Thornycroft truck in Wakefield Castrol livery (sadly it cost considerably more than my more recent vehicular purchases). When I bought it, it was the usual toy like, very shiny livery so I have given it several squirts of road dirt to quieten it down a bit.

Wakefield Castrol Thorneycroft Truck

Wakefield Castrol Thorneycroft Truck

Wakefield Castrol Thorneycroft Truck

Kirk All 3rd nearing the finish line

A weekend in, spent modelling has seen the All 3rd well on it’s way to completion. I even managed to do a bit more on my own non corridor parcels van. Progress on the latter included ripping off the dynamo to make up more prototypical hanging frame similar to Don’s BG and All 3rd

7mm Scale Ian Kirk All 3rd

7mm Scale Ian Kirk All 3rd

7mm Scale Ian Kirk All 3rd

7mm Scale Ian Kirk All 3rd

7mm Scale Ian Kirk All 3rd

All that’s left to do (unless I find something else is fit the turnbuckles and trussing and the vacuum and steam heat pipes before it hit’s the paint shop in anger

Gladiator B16-1 More cab detailing

Moving on, the back head is now finished as far as it’s planned and looking at the cab photo I have, there is quite a prominent dial on the rear of the left cabside. This was quickly replicated with a dial, a slice of brass tube and a strip of thickish brass bar (it’s mounted on a thick wooden plinth). Sadly none of that invisible solder here. It is all pre clean up though.

Gladiator B16-1 Cab details

Gladiator B16-1 Cab details

Then came the cab roof which was another of those jobs that I had put off a couple of times for no logical reason. It went to get well and the design makes it fit the cab very nicely and it’s much better than some I have done. I still need to add the ventilator and I think the whistle but I will check that. I also need to adjust the feed pipe to the gauge everso slightly as it’s a bit high up on the cab side making the roof rock ever so slightly.

Gladiator B16-1 Roof

You can see where I had to make a cut out for the plinth to fit.

Gladiator B16-1 Backhead

Ian Kirk All 3rd

Picking up after Guildex and despite going out to play at Locomotion on both Saturday PM and sunday AM I managed to get a fair bit further on the All 3rd

7mm scale Ian Kirk All 3rd

Brake tell tale and associated bits and pieces

7mm scale Ian Kirk All 3rd

Roof vents marked out and added, I also added the V Hangers underneath but found that I had left the dynamo and the vac cylinder castings behind so I couldn’t go any further with them.

7mm scale Ian Kirk All 3rd

I even made a jig and a start on the grab handles before running out of rod – more in Wakefield but it’s not much good there

7mm scale Ian Kirk All 3rd

Guildex Modelling Competition 2017 Runners Up

Now for those that collected the runner up trophies.
First is the Dragon Models Lancashire and Yorkshire 30 ton Bogie van

Dragon Models Lancashire and Yorkshire 30 ton Bogie Van

Dragon Models Lancashire and Yorkshire 30 ton Bogie Van

Dragon Models Lancashire and Yorkshire 30 ton Bogie Van

Dragon Models Lancashire and Yorkshire 30 ton Bogie Van

These are followed by my diorama back drop which was made to finish off an earlier diorama which had nothing behind it.

3 Arches Diorama – 7mm scale

3 Arches Diorama – 7mm scale

3 Arches Diorama – 7mm scale

3 Arches Diorama – 7mm scale

3 Arches Diorama – 7mm scale

3 Arches Diorama – 7mm scale

1919 Yorkshire Post

3 Arches Diorama – 7mm scale

3 Arches Diorama – 7mm scale

1919 Yorkshire Post

3 Arches Diorama – 7mm scale

Finally a couple with their respective trophies

Runner Up Rolling Stock Section

Runner Up Scenery Section

Guildex 2017 Modelling competition entries

For the last few years I have entered some of my models in the annual modelling competition at Guildex and this year I did the same.
Starting off with the items that didn’t get placed.
Scratch built Dowlow Lime Wagon – this was built before I got the Silhouette cutter but I weathered it a couple of weeks ago.

Scratch Built Dowlow Lime Wagon

Scratch Built Dowlow Lime Wagon

Next I entered my trio of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Tar Distillers wagons. The two red ones being from Slaters kits and the black one built from parts cut on the Silhouette cutter. Again finally weathered in the last couple of weeks

Yorkshire and Linconshire Tar Distillers Tank Wagons

Yorkshire and Linconshire Tar Distillers Tank Wagons

Yorkshire and Linconshire Tar Distillers Tank Wagons

Yorkshire and Linconshire Tar Distillers Tank Wagons

Yorkshire and Linconshire Tar Distillers Tank Wagons

Yorkshire and Linconshire Tar Distillers Tank Wagons

Gladiator B16-1 Cab Details

Although other things have been taking a priority at this busy time of the year (for us), the B16 has been ticking along slowly. After consultation with the gent that I am building it for,  the plan is only to replace the detail that is supplied as brass castings in the kit.
I have added the lockers/splasher tops inside the cab and cut the backhead to fit. I have also done most of what will be replaced with just one casting to fit tonight. – shown below the cab rear. This will fit to the left of the backhead below the hand wheel and where the ghost of the cast pipe can still be seen – must do a better job of smoothing it of before putting the new one in place.  The pipe work for the water gauges is very fine and a bit flimsy so I knocked up a couple of pipe clips from scrap and soldered them in place. I suspect that I will need to do the same with the final pipe when I have it in place.

Gladiator B16-1 Bachead and Cab detail

Gladiator B16-1 Bachead and Cab detail

Kirk All 3rd, The Populace in place

The all 3rd has been progressing too,  we now have passengers and a start on the paint work – the plan is to print our some partition tops with carriage prints and possible the mirrors in place – I may end up with plan B for the mirrors which would be to use the Cameo to cut them from foil.

Ian Kirk 7mm scale all Third seat and passengers

Ian Kirk 7mm scale all Third seat and passengers