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 Posted: Tue Mar 9th, 2010 12:51 am
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acousticco
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Greetings

I haven't been very active modeling lately but have decided to get going on a new project (in a new scale and gauge) :


So far I'm really liking this kit, despite the instructions being a little vague. The etchings are really nice and fit together perfectly. I think this kit used to be marketed by Roy C. Link.

First day I got the gearbox and frame assembled, both with mistakes by me :bang: I had planned to make a compensated chassis but soldered a plate in upside down. I decided to carry on using a rigid chassis, oh well... I also build the gearbox wrong, but was able to get it fixed relatively easily.

Here's the frame:


And here's the corrected gearbox:


So far I'm really enjoying the 7mm scale / 14mm gauge combination, but am thinking more and more about 1/35 16.5mm gauge and RC (thanks allot Woodie!), which I think might be the smallest scale that I could use to build the tiny critters and terrible trackwork I like.

More soon,

-Cody

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 Posted: Mon Dec 13th, 2010 12:40 am
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Any further progress CodY ?

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 Posted: Tue Dec 14th, 2010 02:22 am
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Hi Herb,
Not much going on with this guy at the moment. I got stuck once I started to bend the hood to shape, it's a fiddly piece that I couldn't get to curve and stay square. I did get the hood sides and front soldered together and the frame mostly finished (still missing brake parts). I have a little more filing to do on the siderods before I can assemble the mechanism, but I also want to paint the frame before that so I only have to assemble the mechanism once. I haven't even thought about starting the cab, mostly because the roof requires the same kind of bending as the hood. I also have to take off and re-solder the rear pilot because it went on crooked... I guess it was kind of getting to me so I packed it in for a while...

To provide some O14 motive power I regauged the mechanism from a Grandt Line boxcab, but haven't gotten around to building (or even deciding on) a superstructure for it. I think I might make an armored simplex body for it, I've wanted to build one for quite a while...

-Cody

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 Posted: Thu Dec 16th, 2010 09:38 am
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Cody,


You may find these useful, a picture of an armoured Simplex and an undimensioned drawing.


Also a drawing with some dimensions of semi armoured Simplex.








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 Posted: Thu Dec 16th, 2010 10:32 am
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Thanks Peter! I've seen (and have printed out) the David Smith drawing, but have not seen the other one before, and it looks very useful. There's a couple of Simplex drawings in a recent Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette too that I've been meaning to scan and print out at 7mm scale. Then there's also the Nigel Lawton Bow framed Simplex that is extremely tempting. Luckily I have no money for it so the chances of finishing the Deutz are a little better.

-Cody

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 Posted: Thu Dec 16th, 2010 01:29 pm
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I hope you don't mind me butting in here, with some links which might interest anyone thinking of modelling stuff like this.

 
The David H Smith drawing of a Simplex "Tin Turtle" - and various other stuff - can be found in the Locomotives section of the War Department Light Railways website:

http://www.wdlr.org.uk/wdlr/

 
The site is linked to the Moseley Railway Trust, which is dedicated to preserving industrial NG. They can be found at:

http://www.mrt.org.uk/

 
In case anyone's wondering about the scale of the David H Smith drawing of a Simplex "Tin Turtle", someone on this preservation forum was pointing out that the real loco is actually to 60cm gauge:

http://railways.national-preservation.com/archive/index.php/t-16321.html

 
Just for information, Nigel Lawton offers a number of kits of "open top" Simplex locos and other similar stuff, in a number of scales up to 7mm:1 foot. I haven't had any dealings with him (unfortunately, the kits are a bit out of my price range - and I'm not really planning to model these sort of railways) but I found his site very interesting:

http://www.nigellawton009.com/7mm_20HP_WD_Simplex.html

 
OK, you've probably already found it, but the KB scale site also includes a number of downloads:

http://www.kbscale.com/

 
Some people might also be interested in some of the resources hidden in the O14 Group site:

http://www.o14group.org/

 
Anyway, I think I'd better get out of the way and let you get on.

 
All the best,

Huw.

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Interesting that the semi-armored Simplex protects-  :Salute:

The radiator- essential, and easily damaged

The fuel tank- likewise

But not the operator- dispensable and easily replaced?  :us:


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 Posted: Thu Dec 16th, 2010 07:34 pm
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I'd guess that most of them would probably have been conscripts - and seen (by the military high command) as mere "cannon fodder".

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 Posted: Thu Dec 16th, 2010 08:57 pm
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Thanks for the links, there's lots of great stuff out there. I Like the O14group blog, allot of high quality modeling and good ideas.

-Cody

btw, I've ordered from both KB Scale and Nigel Lawton and they were fine gentlemen to deal with.

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