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Rhinochugger

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There are no fixed parent metals for the alloy referred to as whitemetal: White metal - Wikipedia

I've done plenty of casting in the past -mostly aluminium- but it's not something I'm planning on doing at home!
White metal has quite a few uses, but in modelling terms, when I used to make white metal 4mm/1ft kits, the metal was largely lead, and the kits were assembled with 80 degree low-melt solder.

Nowadays, the preferred metal for casting tiny bits is pewter as a substitute for the lead-based white metal. It's not so soft, and takes a bit more working - finishing off with a fibreglass brush doesn't work :oops:

Over the years, I have used a few lost wax castings - these tended to be brassy in colour and quite hard, and generally were glued in place.
 

JimmyB

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There are no fixed parent metals for the alloy referred to as whitemetal: White metal - Wikipedia

I've done plenty of casting in the past -mostly aluminium- but it's not something I'm planning on doing at home!
Of course any Bargain Hunt watcher will know the unmarked (no hallmark) silver is sold as "white metal".
 
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trammayo

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Well I actually did something in the shed yesterday! The Scientific loco's tender had no lid on the tender to hide/access the batteries so I did something to resolve the situation. Some pieces of 5mm foamboard carved up and glued to each other, then some exterior filler smeared over it, and then I added some ballast to cover the filler ....

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Then I took it into the house to dry (and for me to warm up). A few hours later, the "lid" was dry and rigid so back into the workshop to rattlecan a coat of matt black ....
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Then into the house again to assist the curing of the paint - plus a cuppa and a biscuit - then back out again to run a train!

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Still plenty to do of course! But I did make an alteration to the tender's rear coupling - a bit crude but, at least, the original coupling can go back on if required ...

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Is only 1/2 hour in to the 30th where I live: got the LGB Stainz's stack and smokebox painted flat black & went old-school, used classic Testors 1/4 fl. oz. enamel.
 

DafyddElvy

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Spent a good part of the afternoon cutting 1/8" plywood for a wee project when my wife came home.

Apparently my wife trusts me to have a weekend away in Prague with a modelling pal, but she doesn't trust me to cut 1/64" and 1/8" sheets of ply in the kitchen when she goes out .

David
 

playmofire

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Spent a good part of the afternoon cutting 1/8" plywood for a wee project when my wife came home.

Apparently my wife trusts me to have a weekend away in Prague with a modelling pal, but she doesn't trust me to cut 1/64" and 1/8" sheets of ply in the kitchen when she goes out .

David
In Prague, she's having you followed; when you're home and she's out, she KNOWS you're up to something.
 

Rhinochugger

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We're on a roll :cool::cool:

The observant amongst us will notice that I have also started attacking the body :p

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playmofire

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Hi,
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No I was not aware, thanks for the info, added to the Crimbo wish list..

Re 3D prints, drop me a message with your details on, and I'll post out a couple of 3D prints to you, no costs required.

PS: Can you give me a day or two, see post in Coffee Lounge re the Sista Hood, 3D printer is located in the garden room!
Which is presently occupied by a Chainsaw impressionist!
Any luck with the book at Christmas?
 

The Shed

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Hi,

Any luck with the book at Christmas?
Yes indeed, courtesy of Daughter No 2.
And, thanks again for your kind offer to send me a copy.

One of many surprises in the present collection, which has required some major reshuffling in the storage departments!

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Not much chance of getting a copy of this!
The Riddle of the Sands. A record of secret service recently achieved. CHILDERS, Erskine.
Published by London Smith Elder & Co, 1903
Hardcover £ 4,761.76
 
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Well... a year ago I was so happy to win on evilbay the bid of a GRSUK kit Peckett 0-6-0. It turns out that this kit is extremely "basic", and everythig below the baseframe has to be invented by myself - where to attach the couplings incl. hook, how to fix the cylinders, where to screw the chassis on (LGB U-class) etc.etc. - so the next update will follow in 6 months from now. Here is just the test whether everything is halfways on its right place:

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Happy new year to all!
Andreas
 

playmofire

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Yes indeed, courtesy of Daughter No 2.
And, thanks again for your kind offer to send me a copy.

One of many surprises in the present collection, which has required some major reshuffling in the storage departments!

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Not much chance of getting a copy of this!
The Riddle of the Sands. A record of secret service recently achieved. CHILDERS, Erskine.
Published by London Smith Elder & Co, 1903
Hardcover £ 4,761.76
A retelling - that looks interesting, as does the lit of other books in the series. I may follow that up. Certainly, the maps seem clearer in your copy, if only because they are in colour.
 

dunnyrail

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Well... a year ago I was so happy to win on evilbay the bid of a GRSUK kit Peckett 0-6-0. It turns out that this kit is extremely "basic", and everythig below the baseframe has to be invented by myself - where to attach the couplings incl. hook, how to fix the cylinders, where to screw the chassis on (LGB U-class) etc.etc. - so the next update will follow in 6 months from now. Here is just the test whether everything is halfways on its right place:

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Happy new year to all!
Andreas
Remember many Pecket 0-6-0’s did not have outside cylinders. Here is my GRS one on a Piko Chassis.
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PhilP

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Luckily, there was enough 'spring' in the wiring, to keep the decoder away from everything else! 16409714974106014024951764879711.jpg
That is why I am not a fan of the white sticky-pads.. Or insulation tape, for that matter.
 

65 1057

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Remember many Pecket 0-6-0’s did not have outside cylinders. Here is my GRS one on a Piko Chassis.

Yes John - I know your lovely loco - that's why I purchased the kit.
But (pedantic mode on) - I learnt that in case of inside cylinders the driving (middle) axis has an offset in the counterweights - see minute 04:50. (pedantic mode off)


And I thought this is too much work - so I opted for outside cylinders and will recycle some Stainz parts...
 
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dunnyrail

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Yes John - I know your lovely loco - that's why I purchased the kit.
But (pedantic mode on) - I learnt that in case of inside cylinders the driving (middle) axis has an offset in the counterweights - see minute 04:50. (pedantic mode off)


And I thought this is too much work - so I opted for outside cylinders and will recycle some Stainz parts...
Hm yes that is going to be a tricky mod with my Piko Chassis!
 

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Rattle tin time :) first coat of primer has gone on
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Fezwig

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As it was so warm and dry today managed to get a couple of base coats on :)
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Will under coat the cream tomorrow, it's the inspiring stage, hold me back....