Thursday, August 09, 2012

Gone bush II

Another day, another jig.

I had to work out how I was going to put the axle bearings on. more importantly, how I was going to put them on parallel. I came up with this solution.

I figured that the best way to get the axle bearings parallel was to stat with them parallel. its worked for 4 sets, but as you can see this set has a wee bit of a twist.
I've also had a few false starts due to the merry heat conducting properties of bits of brass. And before anyone suggest different melt solders etc, I don't have those lying round the workbench, and to order so just slows things down. Plus its always exciting to see if you can solder one more piece on before the rest fall off into a puddle of solder.Its a mans hobby after all.
In response to Beaka's comment yesterday, here s shot of the bogies with a ruler (my special double scale one)

And after a bit of work with the file to clean everything up, here we go with the wheels in. Still have to remove the pinpoints though. A train less than 10" long. The Cb should be able to manage downhill.

Back to layout ponderings, and can anyone suggest where I might be able to get Micro engineering or Atlas code 55 flexitrack locally? I've decided to build this for fun, and since its a bush tram, (almost) anything goes as far as I'm concerned.


beaka said...

my mate John at usually has atlas code 55, but its not cheap.go to the site and send him an email to see what he has available.pricing usually depends on exchange rate at the time.
btw , those bogies look great.

Grant M said...

Watching with interest, decided to go same way with track build, now searching for same, will keep you posted on what I find.

Cabbage said...

I have a few lengths of micro engineering code 55 flexi track bought from Woods Works
Also have an assortment of other N scale track bits to
Are you planning to go down the 0-4-4-0 method of "hand laid" track, just take some commercially made N track remove a few sleeper every inch or so then solder in some finescale PCB sleepers and after that remove the rest of the plastic ones. Gauge is perfect and it locks the curves into place as well

sxytrain said...
Sell Atlas code 55 flex track at $6.50 each retail. Send Steve an email.

Motorised Dandruff said...

Cabbage, I had orginally just planned to lay the track. However the pieces that have arrived on the doorstep this morning with concrete sleepers, so there might be a rethink along those lines.

0-4-4-0T said...

Mine had concrete sleepers, too. To make it into NZR track, I used the method I described on - no track gauge or templates required.