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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: A quiet Sunday...   Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:29 am

Monsieur meteo says 'Il pleut'....

And he's right of course.

Not much work in the garden today so I think it's a good day for building a steam engine.... study
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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:55 am

Shame, it's a beautiful day here on the South Coast of England - and good old Uncle Sod dictates that I shall be working inside... Mad

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Bearcastle



Location : Brie

PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:03 am

Agreed lot's of rain here, just done the shopping at the local supermarket, and making some drawings now.

Making drawing of things i want to see on my railways. I cannot do everything at the same time so i have to live some space between each things.


On the Train-li web site they are selling a "crémallière" (rack) thinking how to make a use of it for a small tramways (electric or live steam) anyway I am going to send a mail to them to ask how you use it and if they have some drawing to give idea, because everything is in german and I cannot read it.







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pjti



Location : Galizano, nr Santander, Nth Spain

PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:45 am

Quote :
good day for building a steam engine.


Just pretend we didn't notice lads
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Bearcastle



Location : Brie

PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:48 am

So, any pictures carl ?
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Carl Hibbs
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PostSubject: Love me tender   Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:33 pm

Yes just a couple to start with. The beginning of another new project....

Here's the first part.





A Regner kit assembled.

But there's not only a tender, more to follow. bounce
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Bearcastle



Location : Brie

PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Fri Aug 07, 2009 2:58 pm

It's the end of the week any new pictures Smile
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Location : France

PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Fri Aug 07, 2009 3:51 pm

Yes just one.

This is the start of the 'other half'. To be done while my daughter is away.

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Paul Stainz Holt



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Fri Aug 07, 2009 3:58 pm

I like the look of that loco.
Looking forward to the build and its first run Carl

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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Fri Aug 07, 2009 4:10 pm

Admin wrote:
Yes just one.

This is the start of the 'other half'. To be done while my daughter is away.


Out of interest are the instructions only in German?

Probably not a problem for an experienced linguist and constructor, but for us plebs!

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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Fri Aug 07, 2009 6:31 pm

It is a Regner 'Hanna' kit that I've had for about 6 years unmade.

Manfred Regner also made a cab conversion kit to make it into a tender loco. It's a rare machine as none of this is made anymore and I was offered 1000€ for the kits together unmade from a guy in the USA.

No sir!

It's staying in here. I know no such tender locos existed in France but the locomotive itself is very loosely based on a 7 tonne Decauville.

Yes the instructions (as with almost all Regner ex. Lumberjack) are in German. I have translated the entire booklet using Babelfish and with a little close cooperation from a Westphalian teacher friend of mine called Agneta.... but that's another story. I love you

Oh...and there are lots of numbered pictures and exploded line drawings that are crossed referenced to the numbers marked on the component bags, pretty full proof really for all multi-lingual Plebian constructors. study Razz

The difficult part for me in this kit will be getting the piston/cylinder seals right.
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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:52 pm

Carl Hibbs wrote:

Yes the instructions (as with almost all Regner ex. Lumberjack) are in German. I have translated the entire booklet using Babelfish and with a little close cooperation from a Westphalian teacher friend of mine called Agneta.... but that's another story. I love you

She wasn't in ABBA was she??? And we'd love to hear the story!

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Carl Hibbs
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PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:09 pm

Phew I nearly forget about this thread with all this Normandy nonsense going on.
I have been working on this engine a little but let me just pick up on the Frauline; the Westpahalian teacher.

She wasn't exactly blessed with good looks so we called her the monster from Münster in Westphallic. She was heavily and very publicly often in and out of love with another German teacher in my office from the Bayern called Silke who for want of a better description was a bit top heavy.

The two middle-aged 80s wall-demolishing sock-sharing girlies were frequently seen in close contact. The students enjoyed it but the French male management didn't know how to deal with it.

Now back on subject.

I am trying to get this little gem ready for next week's do at Longueville. A tall order really.

Here's a bit more progress.



Cylinder assembly after fighting with dreaded Teflon tape for the piston seals and glands.



Turret valve assembly. The two parts were face polished using Brasso.
The Regner Turret valve permits forward and reverse steam operation with a limited basic variable control. It is completely diffrent to Roundhouse and Accucraft.



Cylinder assembly complete and on with the chassis.



Sorry to go about Regner versus Roundhouse but take a good look at the solid chassis construction compared to that of Roundhouse and especially comparing the kits.
The Regner kits are fully painted.
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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Sat Sep 12, 2009 6:13 pm

paul stainz holt wrote:
The Regner engineering does look better than my Roundhouse...........

Engineering is important, but the key thing is to have fun with your hobby and that loco looks superb Paul, and you're having lots of pleasure from owning and operating it!

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Carl Hibbs
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PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Sat Sep 12, 2009 6:41 pm

Yes I quite agree that Roundhouse make a good, reliable and enjoyable product.
There are very few people who have bought a Roundhouse locomotive including me and have had a pile of trouble except perhaps the occasional lower end model I've seen like the Millie/Bertie series.

Not always so with Regner. The quality of parts is very high as you can see but they don't always build into a dream machine.

Watch this space.....
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Paul Stainz Holt



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Sat Sep 12, 2009 6:57 pm

GWhizz wrote:
paul stainz holt wrote:
The Regner engineering does look better than my Roundhouse...........

Engineering is important, but the key thing is to have fun with your hobby and that loco looks superb Paul, and you're having lots of pleasure from owning and operating it!

Yes indeed Brian, no complaints from me. Billy/Duncan was running very well today.
I have fitted LGB loop couplings now.
He hauled three bogie coaches up my mountain line section with no problems.

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Carl Hibbs
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PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:18 pm

I had a pleasant surprise on unwrapping packet number 4....the wheels.

This is obviously a German mnufacturer and they build mainly Germanic machines with red chassis and red wheels.
However as this is supposed to be a loose French model the chassis is black but the wheels are marked as red on all the illustrations. Some French locos do have red wheels.
But no they are black too. I think it's an error by Regner but I am quite happy as this makes the machine even rarer. I have never seen a 'Hanna' with black wheels.




Cylinders complete and fitted. Wheels quartered which is a bit difficult with Regner (and Reppingen) engines. The wheels are secured on the axles by just a grub screw. There is no premarked position or slot hence quartering is left to eye judgement or a jig.

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PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Mon Sep 14, 2009 5:41 pm

Complete chassis and testing under air pressure.

Many people use a compressor but I prefer a small bcycle pump as you can 'feel' any flat or tight spots in the transmission.



I had a few which needed a strip down and opening up gently of a few holes and slots.

The valve timing is reasonably easy to set up and adjust with these 'basic series' Regners.

But overall this is the most awkward part of locomotive kit building for me, getting a smooth functioning rolling chassis.
I can get on with the less mechanical parts now. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Tue Sep 15, 2009 10:59 am

Here's a close up of the completed chassis minus the bike pump now the tightness has mostly been removed.



Perhaps I'll change those small slot head screws. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:08 pm

Making slow progress at the moment but still some progress nevertheless.

Boiler time!



A raw boiler as supplied, heavily painted with a good quality dull satin finish.



Displacement lubricator in the basic form of a steam/brake pump. Notice on this loco unlike other Regners it faces forward and not to the side.



Regulator, this steam superheater tube was difficult to bend as it has to be bent whilst on the locomotive. The other end is a non detachable block. It can never be removed now.

Notice that you can clearly see from the burner housing hole that Regner boilers are made of brass.



Chuff pipe. Just a short piece of 4mm copper pipe that is a close push fit over the 3mm steam exhaust pipe stub.
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Paul Stainz Holt



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:25 pm

Great pics Carl - they show the quality of manufacture of the parts of the kit.
Take the chassis for example, thick metal with a heavy durable paint finish in satin - not gloss.

I certainly haven't given up on acquiring a Regner Stainz at some point in the future.

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Carl Hibbs
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PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:50 pm

paul stainz holt wrote:
Great pics Carl - they show the quality of manufacture of the parts of the kit.
Take the chassis for example, thick metal with a heavy durable paint finish in satin - not gloss.

I certainly haven't given up on acquiring a Regner Stainz at some point in the future.

I will keep a look out Paul if anything comes up here.

I think when/if we move I will have a closer look at my steam engines and I may well decide to go all Regner, Reppingen and this newer chap Hermann Echtdampf.

That will mean selling 2 Accucrafts and a Roundhouse Carrie.
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Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Tue Oct 13, 2009 6:30 pm

Further to my comments about build quality - the construction of the manifold to deliver steam and remove exhaust is a proper engineering job...........

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PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Tue Oct 13, 2009 7:27 pm

I've done a little more to this whilst fretting between estate agents, notaries and an anxious wife.

Nothing really picture worthy but after a couple of false attempts I've managed to silver solder adequately.
That requires some serious temperature and only a step a way from melting the blooming copper pipe.

Thus I have made up some of my own pipework using Regner brass nipples. This enables me to resite and modify a few items like the gas tank position.

It would be nice if I could get this running before we move.
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Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: Love me tender   Sun Nov 22, 2009 6:30 pm

I will need to make a chuff pipe to fit to my new arrival.
If its a single pipe exhaust it shouldn't be too difficult.

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