Even more Brass origami

Isn’t it always the way? You look at the photos and realise that you have missed something. In this case it was the pins and chains for the side doors.

Powsides GER 5 Plank Open

I got the second NER Birdcage brake to a similar state as the first one – just needing buffers and working out how best to fit the roof post painting.

Connoisseur NER V1 Brake Vans

And then something that came together almost as a surprise.  As I was doing the two V1 vans I started to clean up and make the various folds in a V4 van and before I knew it, quite a bit was to was ready to solder up.

Connoisseur NER V4 Brake Van

The doors are sliding doors and the way that Jim has portrayed them made leaving one of them partially open almost irresistible. It means that I will need to model an interior but that doesn’t faze me.

Connoisseur NER V4 Brake Van

Connoisseur NER V4 Brake Van

Again it’s a Connoisseur kit and to that I have added square brass rod to beef up the vertical and horizontal framing and some internal planking to the veranda ends.

Connoisseur NER V4 Brake Van

It all needs a good clean up before I go much further with it.

NER Birdcage Brake Van – the second one coming along nicely.

A decent session at the bench yesterday saw the 2nd NER Birdcage brake well on it’s way.

At the suggestion of a friend I looked at the photo to determine whether there were frames in the windows that I cut in the end.

There isn’t a frame as such on the photo but I decided to try to replicate the etched frame that’s etched in the other end.

Connoisseur NER Birdcage Brake Van

Connoisseur NER Birdcage Brake Van

Connoisseur NER Birdcage Brake Van

 

Connoisseur NER Birdcage Brake Van – final details

Not much modelling done over the weekend due to a combination of not feeling well on Saturday and a trip to Pontefract show on Sunday. Which was very enjoyable even if I did come back with etches for 4 Pullman coaches which Chris spotted and encouraged me to buy that I hadn’t planned on…

A few hours last night had the first van almost complete (I had thought it complete until I remembered that I hadn’t fitted a couple of hand rails or any guard irons under the brake yokes.

 

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Connoisseur NER Birdcage Brake Van – Hand rails fitted

The hand rails that are missing are the two small ones above the wrap around rails in this view – the other end should have similar fitted about a quarter of the way up the windows.

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Modified by CombineZP

I didn’t fancy trying to drill out the rather nice cast chimney because it’s very slender so I scratched a pair of replacements from telescoping tube and a cover plate from the spares box, completed them.

I also noted on the drawing that the sliding doors had a hasp so I made a couple from scrap etch.

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Connoisseur NER Birdcage Brake with Side Cotes

Last night, the procrastination was over and I got on with removing the end from the other van.

Like a lot of things that you worry yourself about it was really quiet an easy job in the end.

Using a few aluminium hair grips and self locking tweezers as heat sinks for the steps and lamp irons I managed to get the end off, remove the offending bits of metal (with a combination of piercing saw/ rotary sanding drum and a cylindrical burr grinder in the dremel finished off with files) and subsequently soldered back on without anything coming adrift, Yeay!!!

Connoisseur NER Birdcage Brake with Side Cotes

And for completeness these are the photos of progress on the other van that I forgot to post last night….

Connoisseur NER Birdcage Brake Van – Hand rails fitted

Connoisseur NER Birdcage Brake Van – Hand rails fitted

Connoisseur NER Birdcage Brake Van – Hand rails fitted

 

Connoisseur NER Birdcage Brake Van – Hand rails fitted

The last couple of evenings have seen further work on the Birdcage brakes.
Monday saw some of the hand rails and the end posts fitted. – Chris bought me a Proxxon Mini Pillar drill and a Proxxon Bench Vice for Christmas and they have been invaluable in doing these especially drilling out the cast end posts for the handrails.

 

Connoissuer NER Birdcage Brake Van

Connoissuer NER Birdcage Brake Van

Connoissuer NER Birdcage Brake Van

Connoissuer NER Birdcage Brake Van

Then last night saw the remaining body side handrails fitted along with the upper ones on one end. The drawing and photo from the Sadler book that I am working from has a different layout of the hand rails on the end than Jim shows in his instructions with the end rails passing through the end posts rather than attaching to the outer face of them.

The interested may wonder why I am just working on this one at the moment. That because I think that the only way to be happy with the one with duckets is going to be to remove the end with the birdcage and then cut out the intrusive sides of the ducket and I am still building up the courage to have a go at it….

More work on the Aviaries…..

In between messing about getting my DCC working I have made further progress on the two NER Brake vans. I have been quite impressed that I have managed to add almost all the detail to sub assemblies before making up the main units and adding the solebars. The only things to add to the upper bodies are some corner plates that fold around the corners, some handrails that also go around the ends, the cast end posts and the lower footboards which I need the W Irons in place before I can cut the supports to final length.

7mm Scale Connoisseur Models NER Birdcage Brake Vans

The roof is still loose. Jim recommends leaving it loose to glaze and making it clip on afterwards I need to explore how I can do this yet.

7mm Scale Connoisseur Models NER Birdcage Brake Vans

7mm Scale Connoisseur Models NER Birdcage Brake Vans

Although I have the birdcage for the second one assembled it’s not soldered to the roof yet.

7mm Scale Connoisseur Models NER Birdcage Brake Vans

7mm Scale Connoisseur Models NER Birdcage Brake Vans

Paul Gallon over on RMweb kindly reminded me that the example that I am trying to reproduce with this one also had windows in the birdcage end.
In the photo above you can seem my error. I cut out the windows using those at the other end as a template but didn’t think about the fact the the side duckets have sides which protrude into the van internally and that the sides nearest the end windows partially obscure it. – Why is it that you never notice these things until you have made nice job of soldering the body together, made much more difficult by the fact that on this end I couldn’t get to the inside so I had to solder it from the outside and clean up.

7mm Scale Connoisseur Models NER Birdcage Brake Vans

Connoisseur NER Birdcage Brake Vans

Connoisseur NER Birdcage Brake Vans.

First a bit of preamble. Back in 2011 for Christmas Chris bought me a few of Jim McGeown’s van kits. At the time I built an LNER Refrigerator van but didn’t get to the others, which were an NER Birdcage Brake, a Perishables van, and a 6 wheeled brake coach.
Around the same time we were sat having lunch in a little cafe in the village of Rosedale Abbey on the North Yorkshire Moors when I saw a picture of one of the NER Birdcage brake van’s at Rosedale but this one had “Side Cotes” (duckets to me and much of the world I suspect) as well as the birdcage on top. I decided that I would like to build one so a couple of years later at a show I bought a second kit and asked Jim if he by any chance had any duff etches that contained the duckets from his NER V4 brake van and he said that he did and duly sent me them.
Having been up north for Christmas we planned a week at home before I go back to work so I dug out both of the brake van kits and modified the sides on one to take the duckets. The duckets were too tall to fit directly so I had to modify those too.
Here’s where I got to the night before last.

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A bit more done yesterday, alas nothing done today…

Connoisseur NER Birdcage Brake Van aprts

Connoisseur NER Birdcage Brake Van aprts

Connoisseur NER Birdcage Brake Van aprts