Johns LNWR gallery

Discussion in 'Gallery' started by john lewsey, 1 August 2013.

  1. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    Well I ve made a start on the18 inch goods the running boards were fiddly eing made up of several pieces, the cab is put together. IMG_20210216_134946.jpg IMG_20210216_134946.jpg IMG_20210216_134931.jpg IMG_20210216_134931.jpg IMG_20210216_134739.jpg
     
  2. paulc

    paulc Western Thunderer

    Hi John , i have one of those as well so will be watching with interest . Cheers Paul 161388068472956021324.jpg
     
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  3. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    Your box is in good Nick how old is it, may I ask. Interestingly the frames are almost right for S7 on mine. Also there is a thread on Rm web by Jim Snowdon on building a coal engine , which is similar. He does have one of these to do at some point.
    John
     
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  4. Kevin MH

    Kevin MH Member

    John,

    How exciting to build a Cauliflower. One of my favorite locomotives. I have one from Mercian, which is the same kit. How do you find the cast sweeps for the footplate? I have my doubts, at least the ones that I have have no overhang of the footplate over the valance. Is that the same for you? How easy do you think it will be to blend the cast parts to the etched?
     
  5. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    Hi Kevin I havent got that far yet, im Just Looking at it to see I mové forward with it. Have you got any photos of yours
    Regards
    John
     
  6. Kevin MH

    Kevin MH Member

    Mine is still unstarted. If the sweeps don't satisfy, and they look like they might not, I could start the kit by scratchbuilding valances and a foot plate.
     
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  7. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

  8. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    I have made a start on some of the pieces Ive made the beading for the cab for one side, luckily I have the SDX as a reference
    John
     
  9. Kevin MH

    Kevin MH Member

    You had to make your own cab beading? Pretty weak stuff, I say. It should have been in the kit.

    I am on the verge of testing a Coal Tank on a friend's layout (Thursday) then I have only detailing, painting, and more detailing to do on it. It is a Gladiator kit, and I am liking it. The Coal Tank is available from three manufacturers, Gladiator, Mercian, and Laurie Griffen. If I had known that Griffen produced one when I was buying, I might have preferred his. Lord knows there would be a mess of brass castings in the kit! I have on order from Griffen several of those detailing parts to finish out my loco. But the Gladiator kit comes in proper thickness brass, not the flimsy stuff that Mercian uses. I know I'll be needing to go very gently with that stuff.

    I think if I succeed in building the Cauliflower, I'll be ready to scratch build a Problem class.
     
  10. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    Ahhhh a Problem, Yes. There was going to be a 7mm kit for one, ill find out
     
  11. Mike W

    Mike W Western Thunderer

    To be fair, that Caulifower kit must surely be over 30 or eve 40 years old, so one might expect it to benefit from some improvements.

    Mike
     
  12. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    Hi Mike
    Absolutely, etched kits had to start somewhere, and it was probably handrawn. To be honest loco's aren't my strong point......... So......... I will enjoy the challenge
    John
     
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  13. Kevin MH

    Kevin MH Member

    I'd dearly like to see one.
     
  14. Kevin MH

    Kevin MH Member

    Yes, I should not grump too much, it is available and I should be glad of that. I'm spoiled by the Gladiator Coal Tank, which is going together like a treat, even if I did have to drill my handrail holes without any marking on the metal.

    I fear the thin metal used by Acme (I think they originated the kit) and Mercian. I'm convinced I going to crush the model once it is built.

    Kevin
     
  15. paulc

    paulc Western Thunderer

    Hi John ,yes , I've asked a few times when he is going to build it as Jim has a knack of A , finding issues with kits that i would probably never have found until it was too late , and B , usually simple solutions to fix the problems .
    The kit was one i picked up from the GOG executor site and i have had it for too many years and like everyone i had too many unmade kits so i thinned out those that weren't essential . I will not buy a kit now unless i sell one as i will never get them finished otherwise . My other promise to myself was if i buy something already made then i will sell two unmade kits . I haven't bought any locos for a while in kit or made form so i seemed to have stopped the hoarding .
    Cheers Paul
     
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  16. oldravendale

    oldravendale Western Thunderer

    It's not hoarding, Paul, it's loft insulation.

    Brian
     
  17. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

  18. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    Hi
    The 18 inch goods is moving forward. I change the way that the beading was done on the cab Just using corner pieces of etch es which seem to be perfectly sized. Im not using the boiler etch as it has the boiler bands as part of it which I dont like. It is quite nice Just to see this assembly as it feels as though it is at least moving forward
    John
     
  19. Kevin MH

    Kevin MH Member

    There are few things more satisfactory than getting a kit that you are building running. Better yet is finishing the blasted thing and painting it. I have much more experience of the first than the second! But my Coal Tank is racing along, I don't know that I have ever built a loco as quickly. Maybe I will live long enough to build my Cauliflower!
     
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  20. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    Could we Possibly have a look at your coal Tank Kevin