Wills point rodding

15 May

Another day, another new skill.

This time, its point rodding. A black art in modelling and something I have never tackled before (nor have any of my peers at RMRG). I have been doing a little bit of background reading with MRJ (113 & 115) and an online article by CLAG as well as my own research photos taken last week in Cornwall. As a first attempt, I have chosen the recently released Wills kits (SS89 & SS90). Undoubtedly not everyone cup of tea and something purists will run away from but to a novice like me, they look to offer a simple entry into this murky world.

Wills offer 2 packs, one contains straight rodding, cranks and compensators, the other just more straight rodding. They are all moulded in grey plastic. The straight rodding is moulded with the rollers & frames. Having read the finescale articles, I decided to drill the top of the Wills roller frame and link them with 0.45mm brass wire. This has added rigidity to the sprues and will help will alignment on the layout. I need a run of 3 parallel rods so have now got a uniform, robust construction. I now need to dig out the ballast and set some bases (old sleepers) in on which I can then mount the Wills sub assemblies. Cranks and such can then be added to complete the illusion. Next time, I will know to lay the rodding bore the ballast but getting it right all the time would be boring! I want to add signal wires and pulleys as well but need to speak with Andrew at Wizard / MSE at Railex next weekend on what bits he offers.

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2 Responses to “Wills point rodding”

  1. sed30 May 15, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

    Skill indeed

  2. sed30 May 15, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

    Reblogged this on sed30's Blog and commented:
    Skill – thought about for 3mm but got to envy those who do this type of detail!

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