All the small things

The order of assembly on the larger parts of the ZF class test build is apparently going to take some thought, so I’ve been working up to it by putting together some of the smaller pieces. I’ve also started using Carrs 145 degree solder and some paste flux in the last week, which has improved my “action” considerably.


The tiny sandboxes (that’s a British 5p piece in the foreground) actually went together fairly easily with no burnt fingers despite being made up of three parts.

Cow scoop

The first of the cow catchers is possibly too delicate to be able to clean up the excess solder, but I ended up with three of them in the etched sheets so I could consider this one to be practice.

Cab back

And a slightly larger piece – the back of the cab, with its distinctive large window frames, as one unit. This is simply resting on the frames and the moment, and in fact the tank side seen with it has since been removed for a second attempt.

I’m quickly picking up what is the chief problem when designing your own “kit” – that you also need to design the instructions as you go along!

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3 Responses to All the small things

  1. Phil Parker says:

    Better still, give the kit to someone else to build and write up. That way they find the mistakes which you can correct before it goes on sale. And they will make a better job of the instructions as they come at the task with fresh eyes.

  2. stephen says:

    Are you saying you want one? :)

    This is not, as things stand, something to sell. But if I ever did get to that point I would definitely want another set of eyes to look over it first.

  3. Phil Parker says:

    Oh it's tempting but at the moment I have far too many projects on the go to try something oddball !

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