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GWR Armstrong 4-4-0 Loco
« on: April 14, 2014, 04:39:39 PM »
Members might be interested in the start of a new build, this is a Gauge 1 GWR Armstong  4-4-0 locomotive to my mind a very handsome beast and the epitome of Victorian loco design. The engine will be 12v dc powered and radio controlled, I have built several G 1 engines over the last few years, I enjoy the design work as much as making all the parts including the wheels. Here is the last one a GWR Saddle tank an unusual design.

Mike

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Re: GWR Armstrong 4-4-0 Loco
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2014, 08:57:26 PM »
Looks great Mike, a very GWR design. Are you working from plans that are available, or your own design? The saddle tank looks great, the photo is very realistic.

Cheers, Hugh.

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Re: GWR Armstrong 4-4-0 Loco
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2014, 10:19:46 AM »
Hugh
I work from published drawings like J.N. Maskelyne Locomotives I Have Known and Jim Russellís GWR Locomotives, then make CAD drawings for files to cut the parts on a CNC mill. The CNC process give you enormous scope to make parts that were impossible when I started modeling, like this water gauge flange, also you can build models that cost thousands for tens of pounds, above all great fun.

Mike

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Re: GWR Armstrong 4-4-0 Loco
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2014, 11:36:03 AM »
Thanks Mike, I look forward to the loco taking shape.

Hugh.

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Re: GWR Armstrong 4-4-0 Loco
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2014, 11:44:27 AM »
Mike,
I have moved this thread here to "Vehicles & Models" which is the normal sub-forum for loco builds. Looks like a nice project which I am sure many will be interested in!

Thanks,

Bill

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Re: GWR Armstrong 4-4-0 Loco
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2014, 04:11:39 PM »
Armstrong chassis starting to take shape, there is not much room for the working motion a bit like watch making! but itís looking the part, and turns over nicely.

Mike

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Re: GWR Armstrong 4-4-0 Loco
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2014, 04:27:51 PM »
Engine progressing well, I thought the difficult part would be cutting the boiler and firebox to match the splashers, but by using card templates it worked first time much to my relief. Just the detailing to do, then the tender.

Mike

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Re: GWR Armstrong 4-4-0 Loco
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2014, 09:16:57 PM »
Wow! Looks great, you've been very busy over the past month. Hugh.

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Re: GWR Armstrong 4-4-0 Loco
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2014, 01:37:36 AM »
That's some very nice fabrication work Mike!

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Re: GWR Armstrong 4-4-0 Loco
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2014, 02:39:25 PM »
That is looking great Mike. The details like the bearing boxes and springs on the front 2 wheels...are you also fabricating them, casting them or what?

Bill

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Re: GWR Armstrong 4-4-0 Loco
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2014, 03:42:56 PM »
Bill
The front axelboxes, springs, and driver springs are commercial lost wax castings, all the rest inc wheels are home made , some with a CNC mill
To have small numbers of castings made by the lost wax process is very expensive, so if you can find ready made of the right size it make sense to buy in.
I am waiting for 3D printing machines to come down in price so I can use the process to make my own shapes, only problem I find 3D CAD very challenging!!!! one of these days the penny will drop.

Mike

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Re: GWR Armstrong 4-4-0 Loco
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2014, 02:55:56 PM »
The Armstrong is complete, itís been a long haul but I am pleased with the result. The engine is radio controlled  with the battery pack and radio receiver in the tender. It also completes the my goal of building my five favorite GWR engines, that consist of River Class 2-4-0, Dean Goods 0-6-0, 517 Class 0-4-2, Saddle Tank 0-6-0, and now the Armstrong.
I now hope to concentrate on extending the layout now that I have reorganized my workshop.

Mike


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Re: GWR Armstrong 4-4-0 Loco
« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2014, 03:39:24 PM »
Very handsome.   :ThumbsUp:

Rod
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Re: GWR Armstrong 4-4-0 Loco
« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2014, 04:18:45 PM »
That's a beauty Mike!! Any chance of making and posting a video of it in action?

Bill

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Re: GWR Armstrong 4-4-0 Loco
« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2014, 07:37:20 PM »
Very nice Mike, great result. Hugh.

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Re: GWR Armstrong 4-4-0 Loco
« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2014, 09:13:23 AM »
Bill

Thanks for your remarks, unable to make a video as I donít possess a video camera!

Mike