Chronicling the development of my Cambrian and Narrow Gauge 4mm scale model railway

Brave pill

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In my previous post I left you about to grind out the inside of the Bulldog boiler to accommodate the Dukedog motor which is larger than the original K’s one.

You really do need to take a brave pill to do this because you need to leave the boiler shell pretty much wafer thin. Also there is a massive framing between the Belpaire box and the barrel which I presume is to ensure the box retains its shape while being cast. Fortunately having a boiler that’s been in one piece for about 30 years means it could take this punishment without too much drama. I’d advise anyone doing this project from a “new” K’s kit to use slow set epoxy and leave it for a good week to go rock hard before attempting the build.

You do create quite a lot of white metal flakes…

I used an end mill in my Proxxon mini bench drill to get rid of the Belpaire framing and then used a variety of dentist drills to grind the material back until the new motor fitted.

That done I’ve a couple of areas to fill where the boiler meets the cab and chassis and the safety balance bonnet to fit then it can go for painting.


Author: Chris H

Having now officially reached middle age, I am a rolling stock engineer and have worked in many different locations including a 7 year spell in Sydney, Australia, where I arrived with a suitcase and left with a wife and a son. I am now based back in my home county of Yorkshire where I juggle full time work, being a Dad to two rascally mini-mes, and trying to fit in railway modelling, assisting the GWR 1014 County of Glamorgan project, and visits to the top left hand corner of Wales. In addition to my heavily railway themed life, I am interested in rugby, cricket, reading crime novels, falconry, and medieval re-enactments.

One thought on “Brave pill

  1. Reblogged this on sed30's Blog and commented:
    Very brave

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