Friday, March 17, 2023

Interior fitments completed!

 Looking at all the separate parts, I thought I could incorporate the louvred screens into the end lockers so have done so, and drew up the Faure accumulators and the partitions separating the luggage and the servants from the 'toffs'!

The source material for the designs came from these two sheets, the ILN sketches show the servings area as well as suggesting that the luggage windows may be frosted? Certainly the top lights had an etched design on them so I will attempt to do that and print white on the OHP acetate as shown below somewhere.

Just printing another version of the bogies out to see if I have sorted the bowing strip around the bottom and then I will start printing in 7mm scale. Hope you like it! Cheers, Ian

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Starting the luxurious interiors

 Almost all the parts designed and printed and just placed on the underframe/floor units to double check sizes and quantities. A few more bits to go yet!

This is looking at either set of ends showing the beefed up railings on the balconies, the buffers and steps (fitted on wires) at the luggage end; some of the panelled entrance way areas hiding the toilets and stove, the louvred panels to fit behind the toilet and stove windows and the buffet.

The swivel chairs don't stand up on their own at present as they are back heavy. They are correctly proportioned at present so I think I will leave them as is but they will have to be glued strongly to the floor unit. 

As you can probably see, I have designed and printed the floor/underframe unit as half length. This allows me to print them on a smaller printer whilst the bodies are printed on the larger printer. 

I can see now what else is required to be designed and printed before these can be offered to others. I will update as and when. Cheers, Ian

Friday, March 10, 2023

First try at the underframe.

 This is a first go at the underframe in 4mm. Printed in two halves straight on the build plate. I have had to file off a load of the 'elephants foot' and have created a lot of dust , as you can see! Everything just placed together. Looks like the bufferbeam will be a separate fitting as that and the buffer bodies haven't printed at all well; and the handrails are too thin for the open end so they need redrawing a bit thicker.

I do think it is starting to look like a model of the real car so I'll carry on and see where I get to in the next few days!

Wednesday, March 08, 2023

5th December 1881 Pullman Limited

 Maud, Victoria, Beatrice and Louise.

Hot off the 3D printer are the one piece body parts for the 4mm scale 1881 Pullman Limited. Also a first try at the 8' bogie.

The end panel of the outer two cars is just positioned with bluetac at present. I need to beef up a couple of areas of the bogie.

The bogie has a thin strip from the corners to and between the bottom of the w-irons. This needs increasing in thickness so it will print properly. I may offer the bogies in slightly different configurations so they could be attached to a brass inner part for instance. 

There are basically two types of Pullman car here, the centre two and the outer two. The outer two have a luggage area at the extreme ends of the close couple set. 

This is the end luggage cars.

This is the centre cars.

Obviously, I still have to sort out the underframe/floor parts and the furniture within. 

I thought people might be interested to see the current status. 

Now to try some 7mm prints!

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Sussex also!

 I had forgotten the third variation which was the rebuild by Stroudley, named Sussex. I am making up a EB Models large Craven Tender to go with this as it appears spot on from photos I have seen. This is in its earliest condition prior to dome and westinghouse, among other changes.

The whistle was knocked as I was removing supports but otherwise all seems okay.

Cheers, Ian

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Craven Locos

 First time on a modified EBModels Dieppe chassis and a modified Slaughter Goods Tender chassis. This is the 1864 Robert Stephenson single in original condition - well, as far as we know! I have used the GA as I haven't seen a photo of one in original condition. 

So, this will be coming to the EBModels range some time this year,

There is a Slaters SG29 motor and gearbox on the driving wheel. It all fitted.

Everything is printed as one piece, the chassis has been modified to stop at the front of the cylinders so the gap ahead of them is scale width. This is a first trial without any suspension/compensation yet. I can start working that all out now I know the initial ideas work. 

But while I had most of it drawn, it seemed sensible to do Dieppe herself. The body has been modified as per photos and also the tender now has different springs and toolboxes etc. I need to reprint with a couple more supports on the base of the clack valve and Westinghouse pump as they aren't correct here. But the pipework all worked for the pump! This is sitting on the same chassis as the Craven version above. 

I am awaiting new etches so I can sort out the brakes and other bits still missing. There are other 3D printed parts all ready but not yet shown.

I will also look at a version of Drayton & Portsmouth also with the different axlebox pattern front and rear and salter springs on the dome and not on the Firebox and a few other changes. .

As you can imagine, there is a lot still to sort out but I thought I should show where I am starting from. Hoping to have something a bit further on at the Spring meeting and will be looking at the 4mm version next.

 And I can get working on the 4mm version of 153, finalise the 7mm bits and the Slaughter Goods in 7mm needs to be restarted. 

Hope to be able to put some more up in a few weeks. Cheers, Ian 

Friday, December 09, 2022

Saloon Window etched edges and toilet 'glass'

 I have been experimenting with what I could print with the Ghost white toner in my laser printer for the last couple of years. I have been trying to get a transfer for the inside of saloon windows to simulate the frosting/etching of such asa shown in this photo..

I don't know why it took so long to think about printing on laser transparency film I used to use years ago for overhead projectors. I found some and tried printing some designs from 2018.

Very difficult to photograph! These are 7mm versions as I have a dia 21 on the go at the moment.
I shall do further experiments and print some for particular carriages and then make them available via E.B.Models.  Later on in 2023. Hopefully show the completed saloon first.
Cheers, Ian