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So at last, I went for the plunge, and here is what I got....

I shall keep you up to date with pictures and stages, though I have yet to order the wheels and pickups from Slaters.

Billion dollar question is, which one do I build first.....??









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I'd personally go for the ccoach...or even a wagon or two first....just to get the 'feel' of the things.

In fact, the odd Slaters wagon [a simple open wagon to start with] may prove an easier way in, as it gets something ''up and running'' fairly quickly?

the loco is going to take longer [there was a series on this 'starter' kit recently, I think, in Model Rail magazine?]...to get something appreciable together.......too easy to 'lose heart' if it takes too long to have 'something to show?'

with a simple open wagon....nothing is going to be 'wasted'...[I have the mortal remains of of just such a beast from way back before pre-history.....just such a 'feeler'......sady, or otherwise, I did something different.]......
 

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Hi Alastair, thankyou for the pre-warning, but not to sound 'up-myself' as it were I have attached pictures of kits I have already built.

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Hello,

Here is how far I got today. I would have got a lot further but beer calls.

Really enjoying the kit so far and going together very easily. There is a bend on the next bit for the bunker that might cause some headaches, but I shall worry about that tomorrow. I shall be needing the wheels and pickups before I get them at this rate I think.

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I really ought to start putting two and two together properly...my mistake...ought to have read through your other thread......

AM I right in thinking, this C14 loco has inside cylinders?

and did I read the articles right that there were sets of con rods and outside cyclinders suitable for this engine?

does anybody remember a firm called Cherry Models?

way back in around 1973 or 4, I came across a plastic O gauge loco kit in a central London model shop [Cherry's??]...it utilised the Lima 4 wheel motor bogie...of which I had two [and still have one, with its blue diesel bodyshell...which, on a suggestion in a mag long ago, I have cut down to produce a Lok].....as I recall, the actual 'kit' consisted more of a set of stick-on plans to be stuck on plasticard. I completed the loco, but it seems to have been lost in the mists of time....and moves from London to Scarborough, to everywhere.

things seem to have moved on a bit from those days?
 

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QUOTE (coldcarpaccio @ 23 Feb 2008, 18:20) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Here is how far I got today. I would have got a lot further but beer calls.
looking good, see I knew you were experienced!
With the bunker gently roll it and keep offering it up, that way if you go too far or get it slightly in the wrong place it's much easier to flatten it back a tad. A nice hard rubber mat, some mousemat backs are good, and a selection of small round cylinders such as brass rod are good. Alternatively stick it in a smooth jaw vice with an approximately right size bar and use a steel rule to gently roll it round the bar carefully.
 

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Hi Alastair, its no problem at all honestly haha...

This kit, yes it is a C14 I think, but it definitely doesn't have inside cylinders, and so far as I know there isn't a kit available for outside cylinders, though I am sure for someone far far more experienced than myself it really wouldn't be any problem to adapt at all.

In fact, whilst I have been building this kit so far, I have been thinking about what could be done with these oh so simple kits in terms of a bit of bashing and scratch building... Outside cylinders, outside frame, possibly even a mallet type engine with a couple of kits and scratch built bunkers and tanks...

Thanks Paul, but I still insist that I am not experienced... The other two wagons really are all i have built. That and around 8 plastic wagons. Can't wait till next week to get some more work done on it, order the wheels, get them on, and pull some of the many wagons that I have built so far. I think I have come to the conclusion that I am definitely a rolling stock fanatic rather than layouts, though maybe that's just because I haven't got the space (or at least the permission) to build what I would like.

I am still hoping to have a rake of brass running in on the test track at the kettering show. Hopefully the die-hard modelers wont mind my rather mixed rake of unpainted stock.

Will post again soon.

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Progress so far...

I guess about 15 hours. Not looking forward to soldering the white metal chimney and dome on that's for sure. I left the windows open for the footplate crew. I think it might get a little too hot in that tiny cab otherwise.

I do reckon though if I'd had the wheels and pickups from slaters to hand, this could possibly be a weekend project.

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Jonathan, you do not need to solder the white metal, I generally drill a small hole in the white metal and use a self tapper to fix from inside by drilling a hole in the bottom of the boiler to allow a small screw driver blade to past through. The alternative is to use araldite, the first loco I made was done this way and is still in service 35 years later, but stuff I've fixed with super glue has fallen off after about two years.

My C14 has outside valve gear made from steel banding that you get on brick packs. The cylinders are lumps of cast iron filed to shape with the ends turned in a 4 jaw on the lathe. I posted pictures on the rmweb some time ago so not sure if they are still accessable. Not sure how you post pictures on this site.

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Hi Mike,

Thankyou for your reply, but I have already soldered the chimney on, and I must say with more success than I was expecting. Now the solder has been cleaned up, it looks really rather good... I shall post pictures in a bit..

The handrails have now gone on too. Roll on tomorrow when my slaters order arrives. I should have the kit finished (though unpainted obviously) by tomorrow evening.

Could definitely be built in a spare long weekend. Then its time for the 6 wheel coach... Arghh, the tumblehome...!!

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Some pictures of the finished connoisseur kits... This is the rake that I am hoping to run at the Kettering this weekend.







C14 complete with spare chains and fire irons on top of the tanks....







The two most recent kits built. Both are connoisseur kits.





Hope they meet with your approval.

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I'm suitably impressed - I just wish I could make stuff like that.

Lokk forward to seeing them painted.

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Hi Britho,

These kits really aren't difficult to build at all. I had very little, if no experience of soldering at all before starting the first of the above pictured kits. The loco was built in 4 days, and ran perfectly first time, and only the 3rd proper kit i had ever built in brass, and that is testament to a well thought out and designed kit.

If you can solder two bits of scrap brass together with a bit of flux, some 145 solder, and a 40w iron, you CAN build the above...

Just try one out... you might like it.

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Hi Jonathon,

As no doubt dbclass50 could add, I barely recognise a soldering iron, let alone solder! But, it would seem that perhaps I should have a go, I'll just have to see what simple kits I can find in British HO scale to start with.

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Well I was at the Kettering show today, hoping that I would be walking out with some big boxes, but no one wanted my money, or at least they didn't have card machines with them, which was rather annoying... and those that did take cards, had run out of kits... I think there is a link there somewhere..

I think my next kit though is going to be a David Andrews 42xx in Scale7. Got signed up to the society today, and look forward to what I can order from the stores sheet.

Will keep you all posted..

Jonathan.
 
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