Ian Kirk All 3rd almost ready to rock

A concerted effort this weekend has seen the All 3rd nearing completion. Still to do are fitting the roof and having seen the photos sticking part of one of the rain strips down.
Having chosen to ultimately glue the roof on last I had, had some debate about how windows that became dislodged through handling would be replaced. After a bit of head scratching I cam up with a cunning plan.
Each window is an individual pane which is glued into the rebate inside the coach but I have also added a strip of secondary glazing which rests on the strip that strengthens the sides and runs the full length of the coach. It’s is held in place by the edges of the compartments which I filed down to allow the glazing strip to fit. This will prevent the individual panes from being dislodged.

Ian Kirk 7mm Scale LNER All 3rd Suburban – Double Glazing

Ian Kirk 7mm Scale LNER All 3rd Suburban

Ian Kirk 7mm Scale LNER All 3rd Suburban

Ian Kirk 7mm Scale LNER All 3rd Suburban

To fit the no smoking transfers I made up a little jig from a piece of 20thou styrene which was the width of the window from the outside. I measured half way up the window and marked the styrene. I then added 1mm and marked it again. After measuring the with of the transfer I subtracted this from the total width and divided the remainder by two. I measured the result from each edge and marked a vertical line from the high line to the middle line at each side and then cut the styrene out leaving me with a rectangle of styrene with a notch cut out that centres the transfer in the middle of the window both vertically and horizontally

Ian Kirk 7mm Scale LNER All 3rd Suburban

Ian Kirk 7mm Scale LNER All 3rd Suburban

Ian Kirk 7mm Scale LNER All 3rd Suburban

Ian Kirk 7mm Scale LNER All 3rd Suburban

Ian Kirk 7mm Scale LNER All 3rd Suburban