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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.

Welcome Arkwright

26 Mar

I was lucky enough to buy a Hornby Peckett  and have followed the conversion method first (well to me) explained on the emgauge70s website. This involved cutting the cylinders off, adding packing and then reattaching them. After adjusting the slide bars, the loco has settled down and runs well.
To improve electrical reliability, I have added pickups and jumper wires to a 5 plank tender wagon, common for colliery locos in Ayrshire. Finally some crew (selfportrait  courtesy of ModelU) and a Digitrains Zimo sound chip and sugar cube speaker. Name plates are custom etches from Narrow Planet.
Say hello to Arkwright….


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