Hudson Tippers pt 1 – bodies

4 Oct

Today was the annual open day of the Risborough & District MRC and my time has been spent on my rake of six RT Models Hudson Tippers. The kit is etched nickel silver with easy to follow instructions. Having previously embossed all of the body rivets, the skips were cut out, folded up and soldered. Nice and easy but for once I was careful and tried to apply some finesse to the soldering. I also applied solder to the floor of the skip to strengthen the folds and they certainly feel strong now.

Then the harder tasks begin of adding the detail overlays to the skips. Many more rivets where there to emboss before folding and bending of the tipping mechanism parts. My ‘hold & fold’ was an essential tool today but the honours go to my Holiday Inn complimentary plastic Biro. The perfect diameter for the runners and its use helped ensure a consistent shape. Lots of patient soldering was then needed, with the sequence tried on the first assembly and then adjusted for the fleet.

My soldering and complex kit building skills are still very basic but the traits learned on the two Connoisseur Models are proving invaluable along with various guiding minds at the club. It has certainly been a rewarding and satisfying days production, let’s just hope my efforts with the chassis are a success. More blog entries will follow my progress over the coming weeks.






2 Responses to “Hudson Tippers pt 1 – bodies”

  1. maxstafford60093 October 4, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

    Good to see you’re diving right in anyway. Good luck with these; they should look really smart when completed.

    • Black and Decker Boy October 4, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

      I’ve never been one to take prisoners or dilly dally around, diving straight in every time but I have learned to try and pace myself, a few bodged, broken or simply abandoned kits along the way.

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