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Old 24th September 2007, 09:10 AM
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I have jraah to blame for me making this model..it's ALL your fault!! Can't resist a challenge, and this could go anywhere.

I started this by making the 'rocker', the base of the bodyshell.

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Then the door pillars, this was to make a solid structure to work from, (that was plan A anyway). I'm afraid that at times I have a 'grasshopper' mind, and fly off at a tangent and do something else when I think of it, hence the bending of the top rails, which I did by soaking the wood in very hot water for 1hr and then clamping it to a form.



The two side panels were next, there's lots of glue used in this model!

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The back panel was next, also in the photo you can see a square frame that I made so that when I assembled the side panels and rear panel it would all be square.

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A form for the door frame was made to ensure that it was true.

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Old 24th September 2007, 09:22 AM
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All the necessary joints were tenoned AND glued.

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Further progress was made:

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The boot was next, not as easy as you might think, because of the various angles coming into play..but we got there.

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When panelling it out there were some serious curves, the photo shows the most acute, behind the drivers seat. This was done by soaking the wood again and wrapping it around a convenient postal tube just the right size.





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Old 24th September 2007, 09:27 AM
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Then it was joined to the cab body. The roof beams were then made and fitted, again soaking and bending on a form.

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The doors themselves were next, so I started on the window frames! (grasshopper again).
I had to devise a method of cutting a groove into the stock to take the 'glass' so I came up with this. One of my mini drills with a cutting disc in, clamped in position and with guides for running the stock through, cut a groove.

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The doors themselves had to be made to accommodate the two sliding window frames (one window the other the wash blind or night blind).

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Old 24th September 2007, 09:47 AM
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The concealed hinges took some thinking out, there was no drawing in the plans only a sketch in John Thompson's 'Making Model Carriages' book. So I had a go, if I couldn't do them then I was going to resort to ordinary hinges like a lot of them have now (from what I've seen).

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The curved arm was made from a piece of brass square rod and virtually carved into shape and drilled to house the pin.




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I have never made a lock before so I invented this one from various drawings that I've seen. The spring was the trickiest, I ended up using an existing spring and cut a section from it. Pushed and pulled until it looked as if it would work and fitted it, it suffices.

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A covering plate was made for them and soldered into place eventually.

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To all you talented engineers..I apologise, but I did my best!



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The last post disappeared into the ether again.
This shows one of the locks in position in the cross member of the door, once it fitted the plate was attached.

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This brings it nearly up to date, just got to get my camera out and photo the doors.



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Paul! That is beautiful joinery work. What kind of tools are you using to cut such nice mortices? I really like you lock too. I tried to make on in 1/12th with no success. Good going.
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Bill, thank you for your kind comments, I try.
The tools I use for the mortices and tenons are made from old needle files, some broad bladed some narrow and square, will put some photos here soon.
The model is of 1/8th scale.

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One of the doors nearly ready for outer panelling (can't finish the handles 'till the door panel is on).

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As you can see the top of the door is hollow to allow the windows to be installed/removed, I didn't find this out until I examined some real ones at the Reading Auction this month, so I had some retro remedial work to do.



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