Search found 25 matches

by jimbotten
Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle
Replies: 23
Views: 2363

Re: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4384/37162214285_d05199453e_n.jpg thumb_DSC02180_1024 by Jim Botten , on Flickr But I then added a “projection” to the bottom of each mud-cill once they were in place on the post-bottoms, with the hope that this would allow me to mount the bent into the modelling clay...
by jimbotten
Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle
Replies: 23
Views: 2363

Re: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle

Progress has been even slower (if possible) over the summer, however the fourth bent is now in place.... https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4345/37162212785_f6f7a0d147_z.jpg thumb_DSC02315_1024 by Jim Botten , on Flickr Much the same procedures and techniques were used as before, but with a few tweaks. ...
by jimbotten
Sat Jun 03, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle
Replies: 23
Views: 2363

Re: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle

There has been a further rather prolonged period of non-progress on the model, with social & domestic commitments as usual being to blame, including trips away. However, the third bent has now finally been installed, using much the same techniques as before. Since in this case there is no “ledge” fo...
by jimbotten
Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle
Replies: 23
Views: 2363

Re: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle

The cross-braces and girts were then measured, cut, glue-dabbed and tweezered into place, working from the top down and from the back to the front. https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2882/34065892701_521cb4953c.jpg thumb_DSC02010_1024 by Jim Botten , on Flickr A fiddly job, but not as frustrating as I th...
by jimbotten
Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle
Replies: 23
Views: 2363

Re: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle

The Challenge is over, but the challenge continues (and so do these up-dates, as promised). There has been quite a long gap in progress, partly down to holiday travels and various other domestic and social pleasures, but also because of a long and imaginative discussion with the “rivet-counters” of ...
by jimbotten
Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter Challenge 2016 - Dean Halls - Build a Car (or 12)
Replies: 12
Views: 1369

Re: Winter Challenge 2016 - Dean Halls - Build a Car (or 12)

Ditto that. And a result to be announced soon?
by jimbotten
Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle
Replies: 23
Views: 2363

Re: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle

In reply to Dean - too many more! Given that the last ten days of this month I shall be away celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary there's now no realistic prospect of this challenge being anywhere near complete by the time the final hooter sounds. If I'd stuck to the original (unrealistic) desig...
by jimbotten
Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter Challenge 2016 - Dean Halls - Build a Car (or 12)
Replies: 12
Views: 1369

Re: Winter Challenge 2016 - Dean Halls - Build a Car (or 12)

Your progress is making me jealous - but it is all too true what they say about retirement. Good luck with the fiddly-bits...

Jim-who-makes-minimal-advance with-his-Trestle
by jimbotten
Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle
Replies: 23
Views: 2363

Re: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle

A wodge of modelling-clay was then squeezed into shape, building-up around the foam-nail heads and respecting the lines marked out in pen. https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2904/33219399746_441a24a8e8_b.jpg thumb_DSC01882_1024 by Jim Botten , on Flickr And the bent finally fixed in place, glued at the t...
by jimbotten
Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle
Replies: 23
Views: 2363

Re: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle

At least I see I’m not alone amongst the Challengers in having let time lapse since my last report. I have been doing some work on the trestle, though not as much as I ought, but there’s at least enough to be worth an up-date. So here goes... The first bent to use the “revised” design developed by C...
by jimbotten
Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter 2016 Challenge - Peter Bowen - Scratchbuilt Freight Car
Replies: 4
Views: 789

Re: Winter 2016 Challenge - Peter Bowen - Scratchbuilt Freight Car

Impressive skills and commitment (and results). Can I ask where you source your Mt Albert lumber?

Jim Botten
by jimbotten
Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle
Replies: 23
Views: 2363

Re: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle

As my thoughts gelled (more or less) and I postponed action until I was in possession of a wood-cutter, I did do some preparatory work. Over a year ago I had produced multiple copies of the JV template mounted on board (under the delusion that I would one day be doing mass-production!) https://c6.st...
by jimbotten
Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle
Replies: 23
Views: 2363

Re: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle

There’s been a natural hiatus in my progress due to the realities of the season, however there have also been on-going and fruitful discussions via the EarlyN Yahoo Group (which is highly recommended for those with a period interest). Charles Sloane in particular has been indefatigable and ingenious...
by jimbotten
Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:30 pm
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle
Replies: 23
Views: 2363

Re: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle

Huge appreciation from this beginner for the all the help that's been forthcoming here and via the EarlyN Yahoo Group. I have now located and downloaded "A Treatise on Wooden Trestle Bridges According to the Present Practice of American Railroads" (1897!) which tells more than anyone could possibly ...
by jimbotten
Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Competitions & Challenges
Topic: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle
Replies: 23
Views: 2363

Re: Winter 2016 Challenge - Jim Botten - Breakheart Trestle

(Thanks, Peter, for the tips.) However, I have hit something of a hiatus. I was happily measuring and building the second-longest bent whilst carrying on a conversation at the EarlyN Yahoo Group, starting with an innocent enquiry aimed at the appropriate placing of refuge-platforms (with their fire-...