Tag Archives: Black and Decker

Tolworth Showtrain

10 Nov

This weekend it’s Tolworth Showtrain by The Hampton Court Model Railway Society

Tolworth Recreation Centre,
Fullers Way North, Tolworth, Surrey, KT6 7LQ.

Saturday 10th November 10.00am – 5.30pm
Sunday 11th November 10.00am – 5.00pm

Showtrain 2018 Website

Lots of great layouts to see. A selection here:

Hattons Barclay

23 Jun

Day 1 of the Perth show has been the perfect opportunity to fine tune and test run the new Hattons Barclay.

I had completed the conversion to EM and fitted extra pick ups but when bench testing, the gears had gone out of mesh. The motor isn’t fixed in place other than a push fit into the chassis block so it has plenty of scope to rock and demesh.

To cure this, I have inserted a blob of blue tack on top of the motor which then presses against the inside top of the boiler.

Once this was proved to work, a trip to the Digitrains stand secured a 6 pin Zimo 622 (as sound files not yet available). I shortened the pins to ensure a tight fit in the 6 pin socket and clearance to slot back into the body.

Once reassembled and given some running in, it was introduced to the layout. It drew quite a few comments and admiring glances from the crowd (and other exhibitors).

Next and final step is a 5 plank coal tender with pickups and a sound chip.

Wide Boy Barclay

9 Jun

Today was modelling Saturday in Princes Risborough si the perfect opportunity to strip the new Hattons Barclay 0-4-0 down to fully assess the surgery needed for conversion to EM

The chassis units drops out in one piece, a bit tight / stiff initially but removed with out damage.

I had pulled the wheel out previously so knew that was easy but that the cast running plate wouldn’t accommodate the wider wheels.

I took the decision to attack the inner face of the running plate with a grinding disk and sanding drum. Black and Decker modelling at its finest! The running plate has small recesses for the 00 wheels so it was simple to make these bigger. A few trial fits proved I had done enough.

Next was the cylinders and valve gear / motion. Taking the same approach used in the Hornby Peckett. I removed the cylinders and cut & shut them with an insert of 1.5mm plastic strip. The hanger bracket for the motion was similarly moved out and joint reinforced. Reassembly proved the clearance before power was reapplied.

All in all, a good morning work. I need to finish running the chassis I now then fitting a coupling bar. I will also need DCC sound at some stage but nothing yet released by Digitrains / Paul Chetter.

A Barclay Holiday

28 Apr

The Barclay brothers have had their cousins over and have been playing together.

Introducing the Hattons 14″ and 16″ 0-4-0 Barclays.

I just need to convert them and chip them so they can actually run. Here they are posed just balanced on the rails.

Boys toys

1 Apr

Modelling is much more fun if you can add in some power tools. I want to add some vertical relief to the baseboards and drainage ditches seem a common feature. I have had a Black and Decker router in the cupboard for  a while so have given it a run out today. A bit of trial and error as usual but I thnk the end product will look good with water and reeds.  I have raised the road a few mm with polyfilla as well. Paint and general grunge next.


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