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.
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.
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.
Not the best photo in the word but you get the idea
A better idea when they were removed from the mat
They look the part when attached to the partition – the printed efforts gave a location point if nothing else
A couple more for the carriage ends.
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) 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.
I hope to make more rapid progress on this going forward….
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.
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.
It’s also now sporting hinges and door handles etc.
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.
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.
Last thing, I gave it a good clean up scraping off lots of the excess solder that had built up in various areas.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
You can see where I had to make a cut out for the plinth to fit.
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
Brake tell tale and associated bits and pieces
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.
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
Now for those that collected the runner up trophies.
First is the 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.
Finally a couple with their respective trophies
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.
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