Thursday, February 29, 2024

Up on his wheels

This stage had me worried. It seems there is an error with the suggested wheels for the OO version of Ivor. If you use the suggested size, they overlap. Would the same problem exist in 7mm scale? If it did, that's an expensive problem!

Fortunatly, no. The Slaters 7862W's are a perfect fit. The flanges are prettyclose, but apparently this is correct. 

One pair went together straight from the packet, the second needed a little easing with a square needle file to slide onto the axle. Even then, they are stiff, so a touch more work is required. 

Now, if someone can tell me where my Allen key for the centres has vanished to. I'm sure it was in the drawer with Romford screwdrivers and back-to-back gauges. But not any more.

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Warehouse Wednesday: Glasgow Harbour Tunnel


You won't be surprised that while In Glasgow, I took some photos of the interesting buildings to be found. First up is this round structure, with a matching one on the other side of the river. 

My guess was that these were the ends of a tunnel, as they look very similar to those found on the Grenwich foot tunnel in that there London. 

Two days later, I was proved right. The BBC published an excellent history of the tunnel, which still partly exists. How handy is that? 


Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Chassis built


The chassis is bent up easily enough, and the accuracy is such, that the tabs and slots on the long footplate section fit together perfectly. 

The bearings are spares from my stash, and two pairs of different styles, but they will work perfecly well. Oddly, one of each pair was a pig to solder in place. They turned black and had to be removed to be cleaned up again. The others went stright in perfectly. No idea why, but that's kitbuilding!

The bearings have been reamed out to provide free movement for the axles. A little more tidying up, and I'll be ready to fit some wheels.

Monday, February 26, 2024



I now know what I'm doing!

Having said I didn't have any instructions for Ivor, two sets have now arrived. One from the manufacturer, and another (thanks) from blog reader Mark A Greenwood. I think a third set would have been supplied by a friend on Facebook, but I turned these down as two sets is plenty!

The are lovely. Perhaps not completely conventional, but great to look at. Loads of exploded diagrams and drawings extracted from the CADs used to design the kit, plus photos of a build, which proves it can be done. I think this is a builders kit, even though the prototype is pure fun. 

Now, I just need to find some G1 handrail knobs. I'm sure I have some around here somewhere...

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Lego loco

Lego loco

Another random photo filling the Sunday slot - a Lego industrial spotted next to an excellent copy of BRM. TBH, I can't tell you much about this I'm afraid, but I like the model.