The three smallest chassis’ have all now been completed. This has included installing pick-ups and motor wires. full details are provided below.
x5 Shunter Challenge Progress
BR Class 02 Diesel Shunter – DJH
I abandoned the DJH pick-up system and used a variation of the pick-ups I installed on the Sentinel (see, I told you building multiple kits is a good idea).
Sentinel post war 100HP 0-4-0VBT – RT Models
The sentinel has some lovely fine details and brake gear, which I have managed to put together. The instructions advise two different methods to creating pick-ups, but I have gone with a variation of both. I have used fine copper wire on the top of the axles (which also adds a bit of springing to the compensation).
Ruston & Hornsby 88DS – Judith Edge
The Ruston has many little details to add to the chassis, and the text-heavy instructions can sometimes make it a bit difficult to work out where things go.
The biggest challenge was understanding how to fit the false gearchain cover, which I have tried to position around the precious-little space remaining inside the chassis. As discussed in a prior entry, the gear boxes do take up a lot of space. The gearchain cover does look very similar to the fitted gear box, so it could be just left off, but I decided to cut away some sections of the gearchain cover to allow it to fit around the gear box.
Despite my niggles, the finished chassis looks very, very nice.
11001 – Judith Edge
I haven’t done much work on this since I ordered the gearboxes, but I know that the next stage is to reduce the width of the axle bearings to allow the gear box to be fitted.
English Electric/Hawthorn Leslie 0-6-0DE – Judith Edge
This one is seriously lagging behind, and is still only a couple of side frames. I will make sure it is up and running before body work commences on the others.
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