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Hello, Im wondering if anyone could advise me about securing a steam engine to a wooden platform for display purposes, whats the safest way to mount it without making it permanent? (for my dads birthday but he may want to run it ) cheers
 

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Hi one way you could do it (I have done the same) is to use some blue tac on the inner faces of the wheels at each opposing end so that it will not roll!!.
This is ok of course if the model display is going to be put on display and left to be admired. Obviously you would have to be careful moving it around though but it is a good temporary solution.

Hope this helps

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Thanks Paul, I thought about that but my dad is an ex hgv driver and now hes a welder with a bias towards extreme clumsiness,the only method I've come
up with is an L shaped bracket to clamp it between the gap just above the wheels,if its on the rear side it will be invisiable ,plus it will be on a length of track,
I may put some pva between the track and wheels, that should peel off if needed
 

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Depending on the actual model you could use some wire (30a fuse wire for example) round some of the axels & through the plinth to secure the model - I would not put any form of adhesive on the wheels at all.
 

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Could wreck them I suppose, if I could find some screws with the same thread as the ones that hold it together but longer it could be mounted like model cars are fixed in their box, with spacers. Sounds like a lot of work, probably use wire and blue tack like you suggested
 

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I think I would be inclined to add L shaped brackets to the loco underside using whatever baseplate securing screws there are. Make the brackets from brass studding, by heating the end, flattening it, drilling a hole to take the baseplate securing screw. then bending over at a right angle. That way you can have threaded rods extending downwards from the chassis: these go through holes in the display base, and a recess in the base underside allows a washer and nut to make secure.
 

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That sounds like the safest option to me ,thanks, may as well do it properly considering my dads heavy handed ways
 

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I used the fuse wire to hold the loco,then I tried cutting the glass for the cabinet.After several old picture frames ended up in the bin I got my local glazier to cut it for me. £3.77p!! If I'd known it was that cheap I would'nt have wasted all those pic frames and time. Cosmetics,wiring etc...and it will be finished...

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That's a nice looking job but I prefer not to see model locomotives in captivity


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Youv'e done a nice job there Andy.


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Paul
 

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QUOTE (dwb @ 7 Aug 2009, 19:07) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>That's a nice looking job but I prefer not to see model locomotives in captivity


David
I bought this loco for my dad in feb. hoping he would take an interest but hes cut two of his fingers off so I thought I'd stick it in a detailed cabinet for him.
After physio he may well take an interest after I knock him up a small layout. Does seem a shame to put it in there but Im dcc so I didnt use it often.
I'll post some of finished item when its done. Stripping down bic pens to make lamps at the moment.
Hows that cabinet I gave you coming along Paul? Remember no more than 7/8 volts as the bulbs are not easy to replace.cheers,Andy.
 

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Hi Andy

It's comong along nicely mate, I have put some more scenery in it! I can't find anything suitable to light up the bulbs at the mo! My phone charger I have is completely the wrong end for lighting the bulbs up, Plus, I need it to charge me phone! any idea's mate

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Anything that puts out a small charge...perhaps a power source from an old dvd or video as most are 12 volts.
Say hi to Sue for me, next time your both down we can have a tour of the interesting parts of cornwall,and back to mine for a few glasses of wine.
Maybe run it on 12 volts but regulate it a bit.
 
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