3mm Society

Terrier started

A good day to start a new kit. I decided that now the bearings have arrived I would make a start on the chassis for the Terrier. The chassis is finely etched in nickel silver and was easy enough to cut away from the fret. After cleaning up the tabs, I started opening up the axle holes with a medium sized broach to enable me to be able to finish off using the one eighth broach. There is just about enough metal to fit one eighth bearings. Once the holes had been broached the bearings were soldered into place. As I am being traditional and driving the centre axle, once the bearings were soldered in I cut the inside tophat off on both to make clearance for the gearbox cradle (I am using branchlines 38:1 midline with a small mashima open frame motor). I had already soldered one spacer to one frame so if I do this again I will split the tophats before soldering the space on. Having soldered the rear spacer to both sides it was time to solder the front and this is where I came a cropper. Yesterday at Watford I brought from London Road Models there axle alignment jigs and having inserted these in started soldering the front spacer and you can probably guess what happened! Yes soldered it to the bearing – a few choice words were said but I eventually managed to get the aligning axles out (remember to grease next time)
and then I was able to put the chassis back in the vice and solder up. Society SQ wheels are inserted for show. A good afternoons work and here is the result;

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I shall now go and soothe my asbestos fingers and make the tea.

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Railway

Watford Finescale 2

No 3mm at Watford Finescale which was a disappointment even though saw a few 3mm members.

Got to the show a lot easier than we have before the sat nav helps. M25 busy as ever in both directions. Usual middle lane hoggers!

As for the show, as I said a bit of a disappointment and not as busy as it has been in previous years. My fav layout was the Little Binfield light railway set somewhere in Berkshire

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Another nice layout was Mulldale which was 0.16.5 Narrow gauage but thing that impressed me was the modelling especially the canal

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As per is the norm Richard and I were looking for buses on bridges and found 2 in one go on Ashington an SR green period layout

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Also spotted was Colin Wilson of EM fame doing the demo on their stand

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Needless to say the opportunity was taken to taken the michael, but as ever Colin took it in the spirit it was meant.

It seems the weather has got to the level xing on Callowland which was being operated by some nice young ladies – good to see model railways is becoming a unisex hobby.

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We did spot a bridge without a bus on it, mind you it was more London and North Western so a horse and cart would be more appropriate!

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This was Foxup – Philip McGovern and the Foxup Five.

Nevertheless an enjoyable day and thanks to Mr.P for being chauffeur.

3mm Society

Travel pains

Off to London for the launch of the London Area 3mm group. Orignally I planned to go from Hayes but tree on the line at West Wickham meant no trains. So now on plan B car to Sandilands, bus to East Croydon. Now waiting Thameslink which is running late – wish me luck.