Nick Dunhill's workshop NGG16 Garratt

Discussion in 'Area 51' started by Nick Dunhill, 18 September 2018.

  1. Nick Dunhill

    Nick Dunhill Western Thunderer

    ...bit more motion bracket progress. Had to cut out a lot of triangles but almost finished now.

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    Tomorrow hacking up perfectly good expansion link castings......
     
  2. P A D

    P A D Western Thunderer

    Hi Nick,
    That's incredible. I make it 6 parts per bracket x 4. Did you laminate some strips of brass, then cut the triangles, unsolder and clean up, or did you do them individually?

    Cheers,
    Peter
     
  3. adrian

    adrian Flying Squad

    I make it 9 [post edit : correction 8] parts per bracket. :bowdown:

    Spotted from an earlier photo that the rectangular edge was one folded piece rather than my original guess of 2 pieces hence dropping from 9 to 8 pieces.

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    Last edited: 14 November 2018
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  4. P A D

    P A D Western Thunderer

    Having looked again, I see I missed 2, so now I make it 8. The large right angled flange is one piece with a bend (I think).
     
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  5. Nick Dunhill

    Nick Dunhill Western Thunderer

    It's 7. 4 and 5 are made out of T section, and they're all individually cut.
     
  6. Nick Dunhill

    Nick Dunhill Western Thunderer

    ...the post where I hack up a perfectly good expansion link so the radius rod will pass the entire length of the slot. This isn't a criticism of Paul's (from EDM) excellent castings, I just wanted the radius rod to function properly although it'll probably not have to on the finished model. I think the pictures show what I've tried to achieve.

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    The above picture shows a crude jig used to locate, centre and hold the eccentric brackets whilst soldered in place.

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    Should be a bit easier from here on.........(ha!).....
     
  7. P A D

    P A D Western Thunderer

    That piece of wood must be a family heirloom. Either that or being from Yorkshire, you are too tight to get another one. ;)
     
  8. Nick Dunhill

    Nick Dunhill Western Thunderer

    Saved specially for photo shoots mate. I have polished exact rectangles of rose wood off shot.
     
  9. Nick Dunhill

    Nick Dunhill Western Thunderer

    ....household chores now complete I realised that the motion brackets were too short so have started making taller ones!

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  10. Nick Dunhill

    Nick Dunhill Western Thunderer

    I have decided to start making models professionally, and I will begin taking commissions from Q1 2019. If you are interested in having a loco built come and see me at Reading (I'll be sharing Warren Haywood's stand TS6) on Saturday or contact me via Messenger, nickdunhill@talktalk.net or phone 07784837161.

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    Last edited: 28 November 2018
  11. P A D

    P A D Western Thunderer

    Wow!
    I assume the paint work is Warren's handiwork?
     
  12. Nick Dunhill

    Nick Dunhill Western Thunderer

    Yes. I can't paint for toffee, and he's the best.
     
  13. P A D

    P A D Western Thunderer

    Thought so. The brush strokes and wonky lining give it away. Haha. :D
     
  14. Len Cattley

    Len Cattley Western Thunderer

    "I have decided to start making models professionally"

    It's about time you did this.
    Len
     
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  15. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    Driver and fireman-less?
     
  16. Nick Dunhill

    Nick Dunhill Western Thunderer

    No Dave, whatever the customer wants.
     
  17. Nick Dunhill

    Nick Dunhill Western Thunderer

    ....so having gone through a major life readjustment, and moving the workshop to another room in the house, we're off again.

    Having finished the new motion brackets it's on to the tortuous process of attaching them to the chassis. Jobs like this are hard. The motion bracket has to be the correct distance from the cylinders and level, and inline with the frame stretcher etc etc. A lot of adjustment was necessary and finally one was in place. I found it a lot easier to attach the second by soldering a length of brass angle to it. I then soldered the angle to the bracket already attached, and a bit of measuring later

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    The con rods were assembled next. They're laminated but should have round and not marine big ends as supplied. They were altered.

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    The slide bars and crossheads were next. The slide bars are made from scrap etch!

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    More soon.......
     
  18. Nick Dunhill

    Nick Dunhill Western Thunderer

    ....the motion castings from NGTrains are very good. Thanks Paul. A little bit of fettling and it all fits nicely.

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    More fettling to come....
     
    Last edited: 7 December 2018 at 14:53
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