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L and Y PUG in 7.25 inch scale - is it a sensible first project please ?

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joe king 113/06/2018 16:37:25
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Station Road Steam have a rolling chassis plus parts which looks well made.

In a word, would it be a suitable model for a first attempt please ?

Thank you

Joe

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Redsetter13/06/2018 18:05:39
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It looks very tempting at the price, but it will be a bit of a struggle without a full set of drawings. Best avoided, I think.

Neil Wyatt13/06/2018 19:31:17
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Is embarking on any 7 1/4" loco other than madness?

KWIL14/06/2018 17:00:17
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Primary question to answer is, what are your skills level? What have you done so far?

Rolling chassis may look "cheap" but if you cannot make the boiler for instance, then there will be a lot of additional noughts to consider.

joe king 114/06/2018 18:44:09
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Redsetter - Decided to take your advice - many thanks for replying.

KWIL  -  as original post - In a word, would it be a suitable model for a first attempt please ?

Neil  -  interesting comment  -  I was thinking of 7.25 as have a field available for this project. Laying a ground level track appeals to me more than a building a raised level track. 

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KWIL14/06/2018 22:12:58
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No

Bill Chugg15/06/2018 06:31:47
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 13/06/2018 19:31:17:

Is embarking on any 7 1/4" loco other than madness?

Indeed an interesting comment.

Redsetter15/06/2018 07:30:07
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I'm not sure any 7.25" loco is really suitable as a first project, as even the smallest are big and heavy (and expensive) by most model engineering standards. If there was a proven design available a Pug would be no more difficult than, say a Tich or a Rail Motor. It depends on your interests, skills and facilities. It all takes time, and if you are lucky enough to have a field available, you perhaps have to decide whether your priority is to build a railway or a locomotive.

duncan webster15/06/2018 13:38:03
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Joe I've sent you a pm

Jon Lawes15/06/2018 14:12:44
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One aspect I'm considering with mine is the gauge of the track at my closest model engineering society.

Neil Wyatt15/06/2018 15:20:34
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Posted by Bill Chugg on 15/06/2018 06:31:47:
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 13/06/2018 19:31:17:

Is embarking on any 7 1/4" loco other than madness?

Indeed an interesting comment.

Tongue in cheek, but embarking on any steam loco is a big commitment in terms of time and effort and those not part of the hobby would probably consider it rash, if not madness!

The serious point is if you are going to take one one, I don't think the implications of the actual gauge would be my first consideration in terms of difficulty. Up to 7 1/4" you should be able to tackle most jobs on ordinary hobby equipment (aside from big single wheeler drivers or milling out large frames) and the larger size may even make the work easier.

I would say the main consideration has to be the much cost of materials and especially a boiler.

Neil

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