Friday, May 18, 2012

Lloyds 82 Class

This has been bugging me for quite some time so on went the thinking cap. The problem was my Lloyd's 82 Class was "bottoming out" on the fuel tank. This was probably due to the weight of the motor which made the chassis sag in the middle. I have two of these kits and both have the same dilemma. So after some thought I found a piece of scrap aluminium angle and modified it to fit on top of the chassis with the motor mounted on top of it.

I experimented with a flat piece of aluminium but it didn't have the same strength as the angle. With the body mountings fouling the angle, pieces were removed from each corner and filed to suit. Holes were then drilled using the existing chassis as a pilot then secured with the original 10 BA screws.

The motor, mounting, couplings and final drives were re-assembled and all re-wired.

A small piece of cardboard (yellow) was added to stop earthing. It was then tested.

A completed 8220 in the background with a straight chassis while an unfinished 82 in the foreground still being assembled. I have also added pieces of thin lead inside the body for extra weight as it is to light.

As for Wallarah Creek, well it's on an extended holiday but hopefully things will start rolling again in the foreseeable future.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Long time between drinks.

It's been over a year since I last posted as things have been pretty hectic in that time. Still I have managed to finish trackwork in the yard and currently in the process of fitting point motors and started wiring.
Also I have been building a few kits in the very little spare time I get. I bought a some Lloyds kits a few years ago and they have been sitting in the cupboard gathering dust. I have two EL, a DL and an Explorer kit with an intermediate car. The Explorer has been painted and only needs some flushglazing, decals and a bit of weathering to finish.
The DL is ready for the paint shop and I have sourced some decals from Al at AR kits. It will be in the AN livery as will both the EL classes.

That's it for now but I have a few days off work at the end of the month so more work will be completed...... Hopefully!