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The author writes about scratchbuilding model railway steam locomotives; probably the most technically demanding task in railway modelling and clearly one not for beginners. Yet he explains what "scale" and "gauge" mean, which only a very beginner would need. The author seems not to have reflected on who his intended audience is.

Is this book for beginner, intermediate or advanced modellers? Knowing your audience is so fundamental to any writing process that not considering them at all, absolute The author writes about scratchbuilding model railway steam locomotives; probably the most technically demanding task in railway modelling and clearly one not for beginners. Knowing your audience is so fundamental to any writing process that not considering them at all, absolutely guarantees poor quality writing see e. A book on scratchbuilding should have been written for intermediate-to-advanced modellers with experience of kitbuilding.

These modellers have the necessary skills e. Historical research due to variations between locomotives is fundamental to achieving accuracy, but this is just glossed over. Overall then this book is complete mess, which is a shame because the author clearly is a talented modeller, but he is let down by being a rather amateurish author.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About Simon Bolton. I found position for motor on the chassis and hot glued it in place. I added a thin paper tube to one wheel set and used it at other end of the chassis to act as second set of wheels for the loco. I made a styrene chassis and filled it with BBs. I poured two part epoxy resin in it and let it set.


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This added needed weight and added rigidity to my model. Then I used cog and worm gear assembly to transfer motion from motor to wheels. I had an old CD player motor lying around that was perfectly shaped for this. I mounted wheels on Dremel and pushed an abrasive disc against the wheels to create a slight groove and increase roughness. My final idea is a hybrid of rubber band drive and gears. This is partly an idea that was used in old Athearn locomotives check here. I rolled a strip of paper around shaft of a wheelset till its diameter was just smaller than wheel diameter.

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Sorry no pictures of the process. I used rubber mold making material to make a mold of it. I removed paper strip rolled on the wheelset and replaced the wheelset in the mold. I poured two part acrylic resin and I got a resin cylinder around wheelset shaft. Then I created a styrene chassis , filled with BBs to add weight and added tabs with holes to hold wheels. I used a plastic tube ball point pen refill tube for main drive shaft. I inserted a straightened paper clip for rigidity.

I added gear on main drive shaft to transmit motion from motor DVD tray motor again to drive shaft. Added a few LEDs for light and made a styrene carriage to carry batteries in battery case. I connected battery carriage to loco using a thin twisted pair of wires. These wires connect loco and battery carriage and connect battery to loco motor.

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