Spitfire's G3 Workbench

Discussion in 'G3' started by Spitfire2865, 8 December 2017.

  1. Spitfire2865

    Spitfire2865 Western Thunderer

    Wall trusses are complete.
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    Fully inner planked, though I must wait for the frame members to plank the outside. Shame the inside will be so poorly seen once the roof is in place. I dont see it possible to make it removable. I doubt magnets will help much this time around.
     
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  2. Spitfire2865

    Spitfire2865 Western Thunderer

    Ive received my last Shapeways order for the forseeable future due to their recent "adjustments". Refuse to give them more of my money.

    And one truck almost together. Still need to prime the journal boxes separately.
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    Plus you can see some "new" track gauges and some Marklin code 205 rail. Perfect for representing 70 lb rail.
     
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  3. Spitfire2865

    Spitfire2865 Western Thunderer

    Yesterday I managed to get the trucks mostly finished. 20181104_175617-1.jpg
    Sprung and swinging. A very nice motion, but I think a little overcomplicated for a humble boxcar.

    A bit ago, I was chatting with an old American G3er, and while I also got some trolley poles and those roller gauges, I bought more G3 trucks. 4 streetcar trucks and two archbars. However these require much more work to get working. Not being content with the archbar bolster provided, I was also missing one of the axlebox covers. A thin whitemetal casting, I figured it best to dip my toe into the black art of recasting.
    Read up a bit, and being as cheap as possible Ive elected to try a simple two part clay mold. An afternoon playing with the oven has given me this.
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    I expect a lot of flash and several failed castings. But all I need is a single good casting and the $2.79 I spent on a pack of clay wouldve been worth it.
     
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  4. Spitfire2865

    Spitfire2865 Western Thunderer

    Side walls just placed on at the moment, but the chassis is glued up together.
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  5. Spitfire2865

    Spitfire2865 Western Thunderer

    Ive now got one side planked.
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