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Steve Addy22/03/2017 21:40:48
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Having cut the cab upright angles to length on the horizontal miller, similarly cutting mitres for the bits at the back of the cab, I then welded the cab roof arch angles together from laser cut parts. The two upright/arches have been welded together. It seemed like a good idea to pop the bits on the loco with a few clamps. Thankfully it seems to fit OK so far. It is very strange to be looking up at it though, it suddenly looks a lot larger. The bits sticking through the cab window are the lengths of beading for the cab.

Cab mock up

Cab mock up from front

OldMetaller23/03/2017 08:24:38
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That's looking great Steve! Please keep posting, I'm inspired to resume one of my loco projects now!



Steve Addy23/03/2017 20:59:36
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Hi John, I'll keep at it!

What are you building?

It is difficult to motivate yourself sometimes. I have been scratching my head with this as I drew the cab and sand tank parts over a year ago. Been working on the lamps, fuel tank and other cast bits, but they're done and I need to build the cab.


OldMetaller24/03/2017 07:06:30
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Hi Steve, I've got a 3 & 1/2" gauge Tich on the go, also no less than three 16mm scale steam locos and one diesel. One day I'll learn the discipline needed to actually finish something!



Steve Addy30/03/2017 13:23:47
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Cheers John! All the best!


Steve Addy22/07/2017 21:17:22
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A bit more progress on the cab, this is the beading bending jig for the cab front window openings. I made some buttons which are bolted to a 6mm plate, then the 6mm half round was warmed in the right place with the oxy/acetylene gear and the beading bent round the button using hand force and another piece of plate. They were then silver soldered together at the ends and have now been drilled using a slotted steel jig for the rivet holes.

Cab Beading JigJig with bending in process

Edited By Steve Addy on 22/07/2017 21:17:50

Steve Addy24/07/2017 16:07:42
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Since the last posting I have made a further jig to locate and drill the holes in the curved corners of the window beadings. This afternoon I have done a bit more drawing of the cab parts.

Steve Addy20/11/2017 23:59:44
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A bit more progress has been made adding the beading to the cab parts. I have riveted them onto slow epoxy in the hope that it will exclude water and thus corrosion.

First Cab Beading

Second Cab Beading

Steve Addy21/11/2017 00:02:43
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Rivet heads inside the cab windows, drilling a cab back for the beading rivets and countersunk rivets suitably bashed.Cab Beading Inside

Drilling a Cab Back for Rivets

Back Beading Riveted


Edited By Steve Addy on 21/11/2017 00:11:23

Steve Addy21/11/2017 00:06:34
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Cab back handle detail, cab back outside beading, cab upper angle frame fastened with Cleco clamps and riveted up and put on the chassis.Cab Back Handle Detail

Rivets Cleaned Up

Cleco Clamps Holding Cab Front Top Angle

Cab Front On Loco After Angle Riveting

Edited By Steve Addy on 21/11/2017 00:13:51

Steve Addy26/12/2017 11:17:19
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Unfortunately, 4 days after my last post I slipped and fell on ice; ripping the quadriceps tendon from my left kneecap. I've had the surgery to suture it back on, but am stuck in a rigid leg brace until 12th Jan. They then intend to fit one with a bit of flexure in it, after that if will be physio and more brace movement for several months! I'm so bored but I daren't go in the workshop.

Fellow modellers may be interested to know that they drilled 2.5mm holes in the kneecap using a battery cordless drill, so they had somewhere to anchor the sutures. The drill was a fancy medical version, not a Makita!


Happy New Year!


Brian Sweeting26/12/2017 15:00:17
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Speedy recovery Steve. Time to start thinking about that seat to fit under the workbench now.

OldMetaller26/12/2017 15:27:15
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Bad luck Steve: get well soon!



Jim Nic26/12/2017 15:46:36
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Ouch ! crying


Neil Wyatt26/12/2017 19:31:13
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Ow that's nasty, Steve.

But congrats on how the loco is coming on.


duncan webster26/12/2017 21:52:35
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No wonder the NHS is skint, others manage with tools from hardware store!

Hopper27/12/2017 04:31:59
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Posted by duncan webster on 26/12/2017 21:52:35:


No wonder the NHS is skint, others manage with tools from hardware store!


Wow. Used the pliers from the boot of his car to do cranial surgery. We forget how good we have it.

Steve, hope you are back hopping around the workshop soon (and if you see your doctor rummaging in his boot, run! - or hop real fast at least.)

Edited By Hopper on 27/12/2017 04:33:47

Ian S C27/12/2017 10:33:22
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Whrn I was nursing in a small rural hospital, the Dr did a craniotomy (a hole in the skull) using a Stanely hand drill from his DIY tool kit, we did serilize the bit first. The patient was a car crash victim, needed to relieve the pressure before we sent him off to Dunedin, where he would arrive about 3 hours later.

Ian S C

Steve Addy09/02/2018 22:25:05
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Hi everyone

Thanks for the kind words,

I managed to do a couple of hours on the cab last week, but I knew about it afterwards. Need to get myself in there again.

I'm now in the hinged brace which restricts the flexion of the knee. Started at 30 degrees on Friday 12th Jan, then have been seeing a physio on Mondays since then. Got adjusted to allow 60 degrees after the first week, then 90. I'm currently working on getting to hit the 100 degree stops at both sides and to recover the lost muscle mass. I have another 2 weeks before I see the physio again, so he has given me permission to go for another 10 degrees if I feel ready for it. I'm sure being able to talk sense helped there.

I had no idea that muscles waste away so quickly, which was probably a good thing; not only that, they get shorter too. That is why there is a range of movement problem. Getting there slowly.

All the best


Edited By Steve Addy on 09/02/2018 22:26:21

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