Monday, June 03, 2019

Wooden wagon brakes

One of the benefits of working in any particular scale for a while is you build up a stock of bits and pieces that come in handy for future projects. I remember my early 3mm scale days when projects would stall for lack of supplies and how frustrating this was.

O gauge is better for me. Rootling around in a drawer, I found some nearly right brake gear that could be modified to do the job. It's mostly Slater's bits I think with a cross shaft made from scrap tube. This has to be cut in half for the wobbly solebar compensation to work.

The W-Irons are bigger than they should be for this wagon, which throws the angles of the push rods off a bit. This is going to be a "layout wagon" I'm afraid, but to be fair, that's the sort of thing I can use.


Huw Griffiths said...

Just out of curiousity, how are the replacement axleguards fitted to the wooden chassis - bolts - pins - glue - or "something completely different"?

I hope this doesn't sound like a stupid question (though it probably is ...) - but I could imagine a number of BRM readers being interested in "kit rescue" / "bodging" projects like this.

After all, BRM is short for British Railway MODELLING - isn't it?

Seriously though, I suspect that a number of BRM readers and RMweb members might have some interesting motive power / rolling stock building / conversion projects on the go - even if some of them are currently "under wraps" for various reasons.

Understandably, I don't think I'd be in any position to suggest any potential methods for "drawing out" these modellers and their models.

As always, I also have no wish to "rock the boat" - so I'd have no issue if you were to decide not to add this comment ... .

Phil Parker said...

In this case, superglue. Care taken in the application so as not to gum everything up.

Huw Griffiths said...

Many thanks.

Anonymous said...

I suppose you will now be searching for a chassis and Roof to prepair the van