Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Warehouse Wednesday - Square chimney

Modern Chimney

A few weeks ago, I was asked if I had any pictures of chimneys. 

Digging through my photos, I was amazed to discover that you could count the number found on one hand's thumbs. Since then, I've become a little obsessed with photographing tall stacks. 

One of the more unusual is found in Wolverhampton - this square (and very modelable) structure appears to be made out of a pile of concrete cast squares. I'm sure I used to have something similar in plastic as a toy many years ago.

I'd say that while it looks modern, it might date back to the 1970s, but would be happy to be corrected by anyone who knows more. I'd also be interested to know if it's unique.  

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sandbox handles

Normally once I start sticking castings on a locomotive, the model begins to come to life, but not this time. The odd proportions of this beast mean the chimney and dome don't add nearly as much as they would on a "normal" loco. 

Still, I'm quite pleased with the sandbox handles. Each is the top of a brass pin superglued in the hole. 

To ensure each is the same height, I gripped them in a pair of tweezers and shot the glue with kicker. This seemed to fix them but give me enough time to extract the tweezers. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Time to turn the soldering iron off

Happy days. The soldering on the Barclay body is complete. Everything else can be glued on. 

Last job was the cabside handrails. These are brass pins supplied in the kit.

Each was tacked in place, fluxed up and then blasted with a gas torch to melt the solder faster than the surrounding brass could draw the heat away. 

After a quick wash, I couldn't resist and bit of polishing with fibreglass pencils, just to get rid of the worst of the kettle descaler experiment. Well, it's nice to have a shiny model...

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sail the Bismark!

Mention a partwork publication on any forum and within 3 replies, an “expert” will tell you that the things never complete their run and that no-one ever builds the models.

This will of course be based on absolutely no facts, but it won't stop them.

Well, just to prove the experts wrong, here's my dad's Bismark hull on the water a couple of days ago. Made from the “Build the Bismark” partwork that was out a few years ago, we've finally got paint on and gubbins in.

Progress has been intermittent as he's done other things along the way. Work takes place in fits and starts and there is more than you see here with most of the superstructure assembled and in boxes.

Anyway, the hulls is leak free and sails very nicely. Top speed is slightly higher than scale but not much. Quite a bit of lead was required to get the buoyant hull near waterline – a pound in the back and more in the front, with more to come when the model is ready for final weighting.

Steering is good with a reasonably tight turning circle of between 6 and 10 feet. Even at full lock, the narrow hull doesn't heel over much, although I'm sure this will change a bit once the upperworks are on.