All about my Fn3 scale garden railroad
I already showed the pieces last week, and here they are in place.
As the front pilot, the rear is also very basic on the model. Compared with the prototype, there’s a lot of potential for a model builder like me. I designed a new end beam and cnc-milled it out of 2mm brass. I also added another 6mm to the length of the frame, to get the correct length.
As on the front, the rivets are made from nails. The new toolboxes at the side are made from 20x20mm square pipe and I silver-soldered a back to them. The endbeam and toolboxes are soft-soldered together with a small piece for the frame extension.
Once the sides of the old endbeam were cut off, I filed all edges flush and slipped the new endsection over the frame. I drilled two holes on each side through the back of the toolboxes into the sides of the frame, to hold the extension in place with screws.
Now to the brake equipment. I added the levers of the hand brake to the firemans-side and the steam brake on the engineers-side.
Now I wait for the ordered suspension-rigging and couplers to complete the frame.
Will be continued soon 😉
another week at the Resita-workshop has passed and I made progress on the front pilot.
I filed the edges and “rivets” flush with the frame. From prototype photos, I made a proportional drawing of the front cut-outs and rivet location, which I printed on self-adhesive labels.
Once the drawing was sticked onto the brass frame, I drilled the rivet holes and also a bunch of holes where the cut-outs are. The cut-outs are then filed to final shape. To make the rivets, I used 1.1mm brass nails I had in my shop. They are hammered into the 1mm holes and have tight fit. There’s no additional adhesive necessary. I cut them off on the back and filed them flush with the frame.
Next project is the front boiler support. The original piece in the kit is well made, but was to wide when compared with the prototype. So I created a new one in CAD and cut the parts out of 1.5mm brass sheet on the cnc-mill.
Once they are soldered together, I filed the edges flush and made a test-fit on the frame.
I also decided to move the front frame cover from on-top, into the frame to be flush with top edge of the sides. This brings the whole pilot closer to the prototype-proportions. The boiler-support is just set in place and will be held down by the boiler.
As you can see on the last photos, I also milled parts for the rear end, But that’s a project for the next days.
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