Hi everyone I have been not doing much recently as redecorating the house. I am now back in the workshop and tackling all the bits that go into the front. Think I have found a good source for proper glass windows, not plastic, will keep everyone posted. Bob
Heaven is being in the workshop away from TV and building my loco's. Member Bristol SMEE
Hi major help on this one please, now makeing all the components for the back end of the boiler BUT on the intermediate check valve drawing 8 it only indicates a 1/16" gap between ball and housing is this enough for the hand pump to deliver!!! or is the hand pump only for emergencies..anyone made one and found it ok Bob
So last year I got to see a Live B1 at Barrow Hills and the first thing that got my attention was the rivets on the front buffer. Firstly the heads are domed and not round. The positions of the rivets in relation to Martin Evans drawing is completely different. As I had already finished my frame, when I got home I decide this was unacceptable and have stripped my buffers to rework the to look as close as possible to the real loco
Coincidently there was a B1 at the Pump House yesterday - just finished a replacement of the superheaters. We sheared off one of the screws holding the firebox door - but drilled out and fitted a larger size. My tiny contribution was to make a new knob for the latch on the firebox door.
All beside the point - except to say I didn't look at the front buffer beam, and I'd not have noticed if the rivets were in the wrong place, wrong heads or missing completely. It's not that I don't care - I'm glad you're trying to get yours right, just sorry that you'll have to point it out to me.
I built Martin's B1 20 odd years ago and quickly learnt that his drawings aren't aimed at the detail side of things, just a working loco. On his drawings the boiler is pitched .375" too high and the loco and tender are around .75" too wide. I've seen one that was built using his drawings but scaled correctly, looks good. Besides that, it's a good practical engine that steams and pulls well. Please don't be put off, use photo's to reference the detail side. He also specifies spoked wheels for the tender, they had disc wheels.
Aaah the great B1 tender wheel debut. About two years ago when I started to build my B1 I was chatting to a fellow member of the Western Province Live Steamer Cape Town South Africa we had a long discussion about the solid vs spoked wheels, which has not been resolved. Both Mayflower 61306 and 61994/61002 Impala have solid wheels