Post by timb on Jan 4, 2019 14:15:30 GMT
With some encouragement from Pete (doubletop) I thought I would post a photo or two of the Invicta I am building, also a good way to check if I can post photos.
A bit of background is due I suppose. I saw these castings and frames for sale on the well known auction site and thought them as a bit of a bargain - they turned out not to be such a bargain after all - explained later.
Sorry about the size of the picture....
Soon after the stuff arrived I thought I would build the frame, me being me I measured the so called "laser cut frame" as supplied and found the cylinder center line to be out buy 1/8", not surprising it was out because the laser had used a hacksaw and file to do the job! Good Start - not.
A visit to Blackgates (usual disclaimer, just relatively local) to get some fresh frame steel and I soon had frames for loco and tender along with buffers for both and I also took the time to make the eccentrics, sheaves and other bits and bobs.
The buffers were milled flat and square along with the angles for riveting.
The next job was the hornblocks five supplied, four of one type and another odd one(?) of course of the four that matched one had been butchered so all u/s. I milled hornblocks from solid MS bar which I happened to have and riveted the lot up before milling out the slots for the axle boxes.
Frame strecher/water pump bracket next, of couse this was not for this model and was 1/8 too narrow in its cast state so item 8 in the 'of no use' bin. I made this up from some brass bar - V cut then silver soldered.
The first supplied casting of any use was for the axleboxes and the axles and suspension were soon finished.
I will post this now so I can check if the photos work. More to come if there is interest.