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  1. go2hst

    2014 Challenge Voting

    Thanks Guys Also thank you to everyone that voted for my entry. Colin
  2. As things are a bit quiet here I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for all the entries and of course those who voted for my rail grinder entry, thank you, it is very much appreciated. In case you are wondering, no I have not started scratchbuilding the other half of the rail grinder train yet. Colin
  3. Hi everyone, here is some more info on my competition entry. I have wanted to build a Harsco Rail Grinder for some time and the 2014 scratchbuild competition has given me the incentive to do it. You can see from the forum thread that I attempted to scratchbuild as many components as I could. In the end the power train and bogie frames I fitted were third party items comprising an underground ernie chassis which provided the motor and bogies. The chassis, body/cab, mirrors, wipers, steps, buffers and handrails were all scratchbuilt from styrene plastic sheet and/or soldered brass wire. Cab windows were cut from acetate and fixed with gloss varnish. The paint finish is Railmatch Network Rail Yellow for the body/cab and Humbrol matt grey for the roof. A control console, seats and a driver were fitted inside the cab. Decals were home made by downloading logos and safety signage from the internet, resizing in a graphics software package and printing onto waterslide decal sheets. The front light surrounds were printed onto white paper. All decals were then sealed with Klear floor polish. Finally a coat of Humbrol mattcote was applied. I enjoyed building the grinder and I will go on to build a similar but non-motorised grinder. Of course a pair of them is needed, back to back, for a Rail Grinder Train. As I have experience with 2D CAD I may have a go at using a 3D modelling software package to draw a 3D model and get it printed. Colin
  4. Thanks Jack & Phillip My Rail Grinder is now ready for the scratchbuild competition so here are a few images taken on our club layout. http://mrlforum.co.uk/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/3847-harsco-rail-grinder-109/ http://mrlforum.co.uk/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/3848-harsco-rail-grinder-111/ http://mrlforum.co.uk/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/3849-harsco-rail-grinder-115/ http://mrlforum.co.uk/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/3850-harsco-rail-grinder-120/ If the images appear small click on them for a larger version (not found out yet how to link a large image from the gallery). Colin
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    Harsco Rail Grinder

    Images of my entry into the 2014 scratch building competition.
  6. Thank you all for your kind comments. The rail grinder is nearly completed. Here is a quick snapshot to show how it looks. http://mrlforum.co.uk/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/3846-harsco-rail-grinder-108/ Colin
  7. Another progress update for my rail grinder entry. Light boxes, rear view mirrors, handrails and cowls added along with some paintwork. Next to do are cab interior detailing, fit lights and install wiring, ladders, bogie side frames, transfers and a final coat of varnish. http://mrlforum.co.uk/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/3832-harsco-rail-grinder-094/ http://mrlforum.co.uk/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/3833-harsco-rail-grinder-096/ Colin
  8. Here is an update on the rail grinder build. The chassis is now at the Mark 3 stage and uses a chopped up donor Underground Ernie chassis. I have rejected the previous versions of the chassis and powered bogie due to performance and noise issues. The body is made completely from plasticard and still needs all the details, such as roof cowls, handrails, working lights, buffer beam detail and couplings, to be added. There is an album in the gallery for this build which shows images of the previous chassis. Here is an image of the rail grinder in it's current build state. http://mrlforum.co.uk/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/3830-harsco-rail-grinder-088/ Colin
  9. Congratulations Jeff, Welcome to another club you have joined ! Cheers Colin
  10. I was aware of the awaited PH Design kit. I don't think I would have bought a kit version. Is the kit price known yet? I hope to make mine from materials I already have and/or from scrap items to keep the cost down.
  11. Hi I have decided that my entry is going to be a Network Rail Harsco Rail Grinder. I think I will build it from a mix of brass and plasticard for the chassis and superstructure. If there is time I will install LED lighting and a light simulation of the grinders in action. One unit will be motorised with a home brew powered bogie. I have found plenty of photographs of the real thing but my main problem will be finding a drawing or sketch showing the main dimensions. Colin
  12. Welcome to this forum Henry. Thanks for helping get my 00 gauge trains running on the club layout. Colin
  13. Congratulations Lee and Lewis for winning the challenge, very well done. Commiserations to Jeff and Jack for their fantastic entries which came into the runners up enclosure along with mine (Simon ??). I enjoyed the excitment of waiting for the result so I will definately enter next years competion, whatever that might be. Hopefully a livery contest again! Colin
  14. Here is the short description requested for the entry. My fictional charter relief entry painted in Virgin voyager/pendolino type livery was inspired by artists impressions of the class 89 locomotive and driving van trailer found on the internat and was made from chopped up Hornby Class 43 HST power cars. I was encouraged to enter this competition by forum members who are also members at Stevenage model railway club. Eventually I will paint a rake of five pretendolino mk3 coaches to go with the set. An unfinished mk3 pretendolino coach can be seen in the album photos which still needs the door warning stripes added. Colin