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 Posted: Fri Feb 8th, 2013 01:35 am
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These are pix of a kit from England, in British O scale (7mm/ft-but since the prototype is very small the little bit oversize will probably look just fine in 1/48) It is designed to run on On30 (16.5mm) track, but can be built to 14mm gauge--British On2. Brass and nickle silver etchings, lost wax brass castings, spoked wheels, and hood is a resin casting--all this for less than $300US delivered.

This IS NOT for someone not comfortable with soldering.

Rather complete instructions, with pix of every step included.

I have no connection with the manufacturer --I just ordered one, and the second batch is about ready to ship.
So if you have interest, go raid the cookie jar, sell the kids to slavery or get the wife a part time job--what ever it takes--because things like this disappear quickly when the person doing the project realizes how little money per hour he is making! Been there, done that.

Contact   neil.sayer@virgin.net

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 Posted: Fri Feb 8th, 2013 01:46 am
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Thanks Herb. I'll be getting one of those for sure. If for no other reason than to have something to copy and scale up to 1/35 scale.

Speaking of this subject. Ive been watching those Ton Pruissen videos I ordered from England this evening. There is some pretty cool 60cm WWI footage in there. A lot if it is that same as I posted but a whole bunch more is different.

There is even some video of 900mm gauge "rubble railroads" in Germany after WWII. Mostly Henschel locomotives. I never really thought about it but damn, that was a big mess they had to clean up.

I have a second video of 60cm gauge railways in Poland. They ran those steam lines regularly all the way up into the middle 70s.  I really, like the European narrow gauge scene. It's different equipment but in many ways its the same as what we had here. That being little, rugged, narrow gauge railroads that were pounding out the work for their respective owners. Good stuff. :thumb:

Thanks again on the Baldwin find. I really like that critter a bunch.

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I just e-mailed him. I hope Im not too late.



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I got one on order Herb. I can't thank you enough for bringing this little kit to my attention. I will assemble it but only after scanning all the parts into AutoCAD and scaling them up to 1:35 scale. Eventually, I will scratch build one of these in 1:35. It will be time consuming but I figure with a jewelers saw I can make all the brass parts. I'm more concerned about making the castings. Fortunately for me, I have a good friend that is a custom jeweler. I've seen the lost wax method of making molds and the parts therefrom. It's not something that intimidates me.



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Oh damn... I am so pumped about this. I can hardly wait to get it. I can hardly wait to get it scanned. I can hardly wait to build it and I can hardly wait to make a wonderful little layout for it to live on. Geez...and Christmas was over a month ago.:Crazy:



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 Posted: Sat Feb 9th, 2013 12:12 am
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Might be worth it to build one of Bernd's DYI resistance soldering machines for this project.... Or it could also be a good excuse to buy one from American Beauty.



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Easy Mike--

S  L  O  W   D  O  W  N  !  !

Your wife might put a contract out on me if she finds out that I'm the cause of you having a coronary.

Some of the castings in the photos of the kit, look like they could be easily fabricated, he probably went with castings because of the quantity that he hopes to sell.

I'm a little antsy also but right now I have more things to do than I have time to do them--so some prioritizing will be in order. Sorry Rose--


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Ah... I'm just a happy guy. I'll take my time with this one for sure. I did send away for PBL's soldering video. Most of the soldering I've done is just wires. I don't want to mess this model up.

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M , W , fellers.

The trick to soldering..is to have ENOUGH heat..you can modulate the use of it..hard to do w/o enough..

metals need be hot enough..thin stuff heats faster then thick..think..volumes of metal...when "pouring " in heat..

I have a nice mini torch..it is "the way" in my opinion..I made another from one of the cheapo pencil type torches from harbour fright..

Cut the body..used the tip scabbed to a green bottle gas source..

The only issue was that the hose I used was rubber..yike.s..and too stiff..making it rather harder to use..

Hoses can be made / re made using hose clamps..low pressure gas is just that..but as always..don't be a dope and get kilt..

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 Posted: Sat Feb 9th, 2013 08:49 pm
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I've soldered a fair amount of half inch copper pipe with a torch. Never tried that method on anything else.



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