Nick Dunhill's 7mm W (A6) or Whitby Tank Workbench

Discussion in 'Area 51' started by Nick Dunhill, 25 May 2017.

  1. Nick Dunhill

    Nick Dunhill Western Thunderer

    .....cab door handrails. I bought some Laurie Griffin tapered handrails and they have cleaned up nicely. Spinning them in a mini drill and polishing them with wet-or-dry (hold both sides) straightens them up.

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    I measured the position of the base holes for the handrails off the GA and pre-drilled them before soldering on the tank/cab/bunker sides. To my horror the cab cut-out beading was slightly too short (also to be completely accurate it's offset so that is thicker on the inside than the outside.) Here's how I got round it.

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    Ends too short, so splice a bit in. There's some scrap material on the etch that's the correct thickness. Solder with high temp solder (electrical at 240deg.)

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    Add yer handrails with lower temp solder, 140 deg.

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    Cut out the unwanted bit with a piercing saw carefully and make good.

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    Or with the benefit of hindsight you could drill the base holes half a mm to the left/right and avoid all the above malarkey....your call......
     
  2. oldravendale

    oldravendale Western Thunderer

    I've told you a million times not to exaggerate.....

    Brian
     
  3. Steph Dale

    Steph Dale Western Thunderer

    He's not exaggerating - things like short cab beading genuinely horrify him! :))

    Steph
     
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  4. Nick Dunhill

    Nick Dunhill Western Thunderer

  5. oldravendale

    oldravendale Western Thunderer

    Oh really!..... Talk to me, Nick and I'll give you a lesson.

    In exchange you can discuss the K with me.:))

    Brian
     
  6. Nick Dunhill

    Nick Dunhill Western Thunderer

    Mmmm....you're right Brian I withdraw that comment. Saint-like patience required for the K.
     
  7. oldravendale

    oldravendale Western Thunderer

  8. adrian

    adrian Flying Squad Mick's Minions

    :eek: :eek: cripes that's not cheap! I suppose it's ok if you can charge the customer for the privilege. For the rest of us building for ourselves then I think I'll stick to 10 minutes with a big file and a bit of nickel silver wire.
     
  9. warren haywood

    warren haywood Western Thunderer

    More like Devine intervention
     
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  10. SimonT

    SimonT Western Thunderer

    Only if you believe in dog:p
     
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  11. oldravendale

    oldravendale Western Thunderer

    Whoever she may be.....
     
  12. Nick Dunhill

    Nick Dunhill Western Thunderer

    .....have made a start on the cab rear prior to fitting up. Have made the hatch and runners for the shovel plate. The water level gauge is interesting. In later years it had a perforated tube (turn handle water pees out showing level) as most LNER engines, but in the early NER days it had a glass tube within a steel pipe to show water level. I have filed the holes out of a bit of thin walled tube and intend to drop a length of NS rod inside it to represent the glass tube after painting.

    Thanks to Tom Sherlock Burnham for spotting that. The other thing Tom spotted that I'm not so enamoured with are the 10 bars over each window. Bahhhh! The eagle eyed amongst you will spot that the loco now has buffer steps.

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    Next window bars.......
     
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  13. Nick Dunhill

    Nick Dunhill Western Thunderer

    Call For Help.

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    Look at the rear cab windows of this pic of the preserved J72. All the ex-NER tank locos have the same window frames. There is a ring round the window opening to which all the window bars (11 of them) are attached. I assume this ring/bar assembly is also a standard NER fitment and would also be present on the A6 (W), A7 and A8. Does anyone have any photos of an A6 or rebuilt W showing (confirming) this?

    Ta
     
  14. Nick Dunhill

    Nick Dunhill Western Thunderer