|The zoom interface with participants in windows on the left with the 'share screen' function displaying one of Alan's images.|
Alan Smith: Along with the 7F's for Evercreech we shall need 4F ,3F and 2P class locos. Fortunately Nigel Hunt Does a nice kit for the 2P. I thought along with the bits I have made for the 7F, I could make similar parts for the 3F and 4F to form a sort of kit. These parts show what I have made so far, although still at experimental stage I think it has a fair bit going for it.
All of these locos will need various fittings chimneys domes etc and these are shown in further shots.
A blank is made with a cut out to match the diameter of the smoke box. This is then positioned in the lathe and the program run. This forms the basic shape of the chimney. This is then mounted on a mandrel and the base of the skirt is milled whilst being rotated in the jig. The jig has a pointer that locates against the base of the chimney as it rotates the chimney is automatically moved in and out forming the skirt of the chimney.This idea was shown in the magazine many years ago.
Once the machine program is sorted it only takes around 3 minutes to make a chimney. The second operation is done on a second lathe where the skirt is machined around the base. All in all the process is quite quick and every chimney is the same.
The last shots are of some wagons, these were painted last year and still require numbering and lettering. Note to self, 'get your finger out'
Howard Watkins: A welding light adapted by Howard and intended for the shipbuilding cameo under construction by Richard for the 2mm Challenge next year.
The Welder is based on MERG's PMP8 "Multi Purpose Flasher" but built on a PCB rather than stripboard. It has a blue/white LED to represent welding taking place; this comes on about every 15 seconds and is accompanied by a glowing red LED. I mounted the LEDs on long LED holders to make it easier to get the LEDs as close to the action as required. It is powered by a 9V battery
Richard Doust: A home made spray booth, a simple wooden construction. Additional requirements are a replaceable filter gauze - sold by airbrush suppliers and some art stores, sandwiched between cardboard and preferably angled away from the top of the platform, and a turntable. Most important is a powerful fan. Initially I bought a Chinese sourced extractor fan but this was not neatly strong enough. Eventually I remembered a window fan I had squirreled away, it turned out to be very efficient with 2 speeds. First to be tested, the shipbuilding cranes for my cameo layout.
Pete Townsend: Two more tantalizing glimpses of the urban detail from Pete's new layout.