18th - 22nd May 2009

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  • Image 01

    PATTERN MAKING - DARREN

    The new BRK 154, Chevrolet Yeoman has arrived and work has started.

  • Image 02

    PATTERN MAKING - Mr. P

    The Pinkster has been grinding a brass master all morning and he is a mess.

  • Image 03

    PATTERN MAKING - DARREN

    The etchning for the Yeoman has arrived too.

  • Image 04

    SMALL PARTS CASTING - IAN

    Ian has been casting the rear sections for the US Lowboy.

  • Image 05

    SMALL PARTS CASTING - IAN

    This is a roll of steel that will come with US 34.

  • Image 14

    SMALL PARTS CASTING - IAN

    This is one of the Locomotive axles that will come with US 35.

  • Image 06

    MOULD MAKING - RICH

    Rich is in the 'Dirty Room' (NOT as kinky as it sounds!!!).

    This is where a graphite powder is applied to the two mould halves to stop them sticking together during vulcanisation (The rubber curing process).

  • Image 07

    MOULD MAKING - RICH

    A small brush is used to rub the powder into the rubber.

    There is a very powerful extraction fan in the back to stop the powder from going everywhere.

  • Image 08

    BODY CASTING - BIG ANDY

    No, he's not looking for devine inspiration, he's checking the underside of the model for defects.

    Not sure why he's holding it so high................

  • Image 09

    FETTLING - LITTLE ANDY

    Andy has been 'Fettling' the BRK 152's.

     

    Note: Fettling is not a rude word.

  • Image 10

    SUB ASSEMBLY - TIM

    The new US 34 & 35 have to be sub assembled before spraying.

  • Image 11

    SUB ASSEMBLY - TIM

    This photo shows the brass tubing that has to be glued in to reinforce the structure

    The model is so long that the original white metal trial castings sagged under their own weight.

  • Image 12

    SUB ASSEMBLY - TIM

    This is how it looks just before spraying.

  • Image 13

    SUB ASSEMBLY - TIM

    And just after spraying.

    The wood effect panels look really nice.

  • Funny #1

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    This photo made us all laugh.

    Andy (left) and Dave had to re-organise all of the moulds this week.

    It would have left dust and dirt all over their clothes so some protection was necessary.

  • Funny #2

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    Caption Competition !!!!!!!!

    Dave was not amused when I told him that I'd put superglue around the edge of his mask.