8th - 12th June 2009

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  • Image 01

    PATTERN MAKING - DARREN

    Darren is making a bonnet strip for the BRK 155.

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    SMALL PARTS CASTING - IAN

    One batch of CSV 06 baseplates cast, checked and ready for spraying.

  • Image 03

    FETTLING - RICH

    Some LDM 72's are just about to get a good sanding.

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    PLATING CASTING - ANDY

    This is the bumper for the LDM 73.

    Neil had to cut some flow-gates to the very ends of the bumper as the metal wasn't reaching all the way down during casting.

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    FETTLING - BIG ANDY

    Andy has been asked to help out with these LDM 73's.

    He's multi-talented.

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    FETTLING - LITTLE ANDY

    More LDM 72's.

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    WINDOW MAKING - STEVE

    Time to show you how we make our window.

    This would be easier via a video.......watch this space as we may be on Youtube soon..........

     

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    WINDOW MAKING

    First, a sheet of thin plastic is cut to size then dusted off with an air-line to remove any fluff.

    Then it's clamped down with an air-tight seal.

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    WINDOW MAKING

    An electric heater is moved above the plastic to soften it.

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    WINDOW MAKING

    The heater is normally left in place for this next step but it's been moved back so you can see what's happening.

    Two things happen at this step:

    1. A lever is pulled to move the window board up into the hot plastic.

    2. A vacuum is switched on to suck the plastic around the window patterns.

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    WINDOW MAKING

    Here you can see the  plastic mid-forming.

    The holes drilled along the board and around the individual patterns are where the air gets sucked out. That's why we need an air-tight seal around the edge of the plastic.

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    WINDOW MAKING

    In this photo the plastic is fully formed around the resin pattern.

    All that's needed is a blast of air from the air-line to make sure that's it's cooled and 'Set' into the window shape.

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    WINDOW MAKING

    Once the vacuum has been reversed, air is blown back up through the the holes to separate the plastic from the board.

    It's now ready to be sliced up so that the assembly team can cut them to fit into the models.

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    FINAL ASSEMBLY - MARTYN

    Some completed BRK 64a models ready for bagging.

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    FINAL ASSEMBLY - MARK

    Mr. Mumbles is building more BRK 152's, while Sarah has been working on the IPV 27's.

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