Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bufferbeam holes for buffers

I have been building some of my stock for the last couple of weeks and drawing up the Craven 6wheel 1st type 12F, more a bit later on when I have a test etch. I sat down this afternoon, after a bit of time in the garden as it is also calls, to fit the buffers to the7mm scale 20D Craven Passenger Brake Van. I etched the holes at 2.5mm and I am trying to fit some NMRS C007 Midland Std round head buffers to it as they look correct from photos. The shanks on these are 4mm diameter. So please check the diameters of buffers before starting to solder up anything, in any set of etches, and open them up whilst flat on the bench as it is considerably easier than if the whole thing is already made up! I used a rat tale file turned counterclockwise in the holes followed by a tapered reamer to get close, then finished off by filing properly with the rat tail file again. It would have been so much easier to drill them out whilst still a flat etch!
I have sent for a test etch, in 7mm, of the Craven type 9A, Stroudley Dia 18 6wheel saloon and Dia 40 4wheel one compartment 1st brake. I will post some photos when I have these and any other bits of things as I make progress, or not! etc.
Cheers, didn't March go quick!!!!
Ian in a sunny Blackpool

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