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    Default Stephenson's Rocket, 1:24 OcCre Kit

    Well, this will be my first Build Log here and I hope some may find it of interest. You will normally find me at the Model Ship World forum as ships is my usual fare. However, I commenced this build following completion of my model of HMS Victory, as a bit of a change from ‘guns, masts and string’, and something far less complex while I get ready for my next ship build. I will continue to build this as a side-project once I commence my next ship model.

    I chose this particular model as I had always enjoyed seeing models of Stephenson’s Rocket and this kit by OcCre looks to build into a very nice model. The kit is in 1:24 scale and makes into a model 290mm overall in length, by 65mm wide, by 180 mm tall - a nice size. I have not built an OcCre kit before, but I have heard good things about them. It is a relatively inexpensive kit and while it is possible to order direct from OcCre in Spain, I chose to order through Cornwall Model Boats in the UK as I had previously had dealings with them and found them to be very good. OcCre also offer an optional display base as an additional kit, and I opted to go for this too.


    What’s in the box?
    The packaging is very well put together in a sturdy box with a “teaser” window showing a partitioned plastic container mostly metal parts.



    Inside, the castings appear to be of a high quality, there are a couple of plastic axles, wire mesh, brass rod (coiled), pins, screws and even some stone, which will be used to simulate coal (after being painted black). There are three sheets of laser cut plywood that make up the main parts of the model. The two larger sheets are 3-ply, while the wheels are on 5-ply. All of the plywood appears to be of high quality and there is no indication of warping. There is a bundle of strip wood of various dimensions, which the instructions refer to as Ramin, although it looks and acts pretty much like Basswood to me. Finally, there are two strips of very thin aluminium strip.

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    Instructions consist of a step by step series of colour photographs in one booklet and a corresponding assembly instruction sheet (in English). The assembly instructions also include a parts list, a diagram of the plywood sheets indicating part numbers (very useful) and some paper templates for some of the metal bits that need to be formed to shape. All in all, very nicely presented and all of the material seems to be of high quality.


    The Display Base kit is fairly simple, containing a base-board, some trim, some metal parts for the tracks, and a bunch of stones.

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    Construction: The Main Boiler
    Construction begins with the main boiler. After removing the four parts from the plywood sheets, the laser char front he cutting process was removed with a light sanding. The end pieces were glued onto the central former, and a further bracing piece was then glued into place.

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    The next job was to plank the boiler with 5mm x 2mm strip wood. Although the instructions don’t say to do so, I decided to chamfer the edges of the strips in order to get a tighter fit around the circumference of the boiler. I did this on my disc sander, setting the table to an angle of 18 degrees (as there were to be approximately 20 strips around the circumference). This is how it looked after initial planking:

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    And after sanding:

    7 Boiler 3.jpg 8 Boiler 4.jpg


    The kit simulates rivets through the use of brass pins. For the end caps of the boiler, these are glued in place and then the excess ends of the pins are removed. The pins are 0.8mm diameter, and although all pin locations have been pre-cut by the laser, all of these holes need to be enlarged (“chased”, according to the instructions). I decided that this would be easiest to do while the pieces were still attached to the plywood sheets, so used my little drill press with a 0.8mm drill bit to enlarge all of the holes.

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    This worked well and the pins were a comfortable push fit. Thin CA glue was wicked into the holes along the pin ends, and once dry the ends removed.

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    The ends were then attached to the boiler and the base of the chimney also attached:

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    This was then set aside for painting while the Fire-box was constructed. To be continued...

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    Construction: The Fire-Box
    Construction of the Fire-Box commenced with removing the four components of the walls from the plywood sheets and inserting the brass pins as was done for the the main boiler end caps.

    13 Firebox 1.jpg


    The box structure was assembled with the aid of the alignment notches cut into each of the four sides.

    14 Firebox 2.jpg


    The roof of the fire box was constructed from 2mm x 5mm strips in the same way as the main boiler. Once again, the edges were chamfered to provide a tighter fit around the curves.

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    The instructions say to use putty to fill the gaps around the joints in the firebox. I prefer to use Durham’s Rock Hard Water Putty.

    16 Durhams Water Putty.jpg


    I discovered this product a while ago and quite like it. It comes in powdered form that you mix up as you need it (a little like Spakfilla, I guess). You can make it to the consistency you like, and it doesn’t shrink as it dries. It sands very nicely too, giving off an almost talcum-powder-like dust.



    Then it was time to prepare for painting the boiler and the firebox. I like to use a white Gesso as a sealant and undercoat.

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    This can be bought in any art supply store. It is a thick liquid that can be used “as-is” or thinned with water before applying. I thin it right down and just give a light coat with it. The beauty of it is, as well as sealing the timber, it provides a good “tooth” for subsequent paint to grab. Here is the boiler with its undercoat on:

    18 Boiler Primed.jpg


    The fire box has a platform attached and the kit provides some plastic mesh to be used to simulate the non-slip grating. Here is the mesh as provided:

    19 Firebox Mesh.jpg


    It was a fairly simple job to cut this to size and then attach to the firebox platform, for which I used some Super-phatic glue, having cut the mesh on the diagonal. Once the glue was dry, the fire box also received its undercoat.

    20 Firebox Primed.jpg

    The Boiler and Fire-Box are now in the process of being painted. I am using Winsor and Newton Artist's Acrylics for this model. The Boiler is being painted with Raw Sienna, while the "metal" Fire-Box is being painted with "Mars Black". I will also use a small amount of enamel paint for the metal pipes and some "steel" parts. To be continued (once the paint dries).....



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    Default Stephenson's Rocket, 1:24 OcCre Kit

    G,Day Mate, Well after a bit of faffing I eventually got here. The forum wouldn't let me come in as mobbsie so I'm just "tony." By eck lad, you don't let the grass grow beneath your feet do you. Can you give me some idea of the size of the boiler mate. Nice job on the boiler and firebox, the only place I could see that needed filling was around the locating tabs so not much at all. Gonna follow this with interest mate. Be Good, tony. ( formally mobbsie on MSW ).

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    G'day Grant,

    Glad to see you are getting started on the Rocket. In a month or so I expect to be starting a different OcCre locomotive...the BR-18, I believe. ( I am currently traveling and don't quite recall the description). My loco also was ordered from Cornwall.
    Your start has already helped me. The build process is very similar. I had already identified all the laser wood parts and your idea of pre drilling will certainly be helpful. I have a drill press for my Dremel and will use your process.

    I'm looking forward to your narrative!

    Regards,

    Jim

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    G'day Tony and Jim and welcome aboard. Great to see two old MSW shipmates here. Tony - I'll try to remember to put in a "scaling" shot with the next update. And Jim - that BR-18 is a heck of a nice looking kit too! That one is one my wish list for "one day", so I'll follow your build when you do start one up.

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    Looks a very nice kit. Like all the detail like the rivets I bet that is time consuming but does add a nice touch to the model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony. View Post
    G,Day Mate, Well after a bit of faffing I eventually got here. The forum wouldn't let me come in as mobbsie so I'm just "tony." By eck lad, you don't let the grass grow beneath your feet do you. Can you give me some idea of the size of the boiler mate. Nice job on the boiler and firebox, the only place I could see that needed filling was around the locating tabs so not much at all. Gonna follow this with interest mate. Be Good, tony. ( formally mobbsie on MSW ).
    G'Day & Welcome "to the Great South Land" & to a top forum "Tony".
    There are quite a few members from UK on the forum as well as across the rest of the world.
    The toymakers and scale modellers are a top mob....
    You'll find a heap of helpful & knowledgeable blokes & ladies on the forum and for most very willing to assist.
    Make sure you show off your handiwork as everyone loves a photo, especially WIP [work in progress] photos with build notes.
    Enjoy the forum.
    Enjoy your woodwork.
    Cheers from On Top DownUnder, crowie

    PS - This is a first class example of a beaut thread as described above.....Grant's doing a FIRST CLASS job....
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    Firstly, thanks to all those who have taken the trouble to visit this log. Knowing someone is watching is always good motivation!

    Moving right along....

    The boiler was painted with Winsor and Newton Artist’s Acrylic. “Raw Sienna” was used for the body, while the end caps received “Mars Black”. Once dry, the whole thing was treated to a finishing coat of clear satin. The final part for the boiler was the addition of the steel bands, which are simulated here using 4mm wide strips of Aluminium cut from the supplied sheets.

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    The next step was to add the door to the firebox (a cast metal piece), and some brass hand rails. The brass rails are supposed to be made from the supplied 1.5mm thick brass wire, which is supplied in a coil. Ordinarily, I have no trouble straightening wire coils by stretching them, but this stuff was just a little too thick to play the game. Fortunately, I had some 1.5mm brass tubing on hand and substituted this instead. Paper patterns are supplied for forming the correct shape and I have been pleasantly surprised at how accurate these appear to be. Here’s the brass rails prior to installing.

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    These were then added along with the firebox door. I’ve added a 20 cent piece to this shot to give a sense of scale:
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    And in case the 20 cent piece doesn’t do it for you:

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    Next up, the Leaf springs for the Chassis. These are a cast metal part that simply need painting. All of the metal parts that need to be a “metal” colour (according to the instructions), I’ve painted with Humbrol No. 56. This seems to produce a nice colour, just a shade darker than the unpainted pieces.

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    The Leaf Springs are attached to the chassis along with some “U” shaped stirrup pieces that need to be made from the supplied aluminium sheet. Again paper patterns are provided and I copied these onto sticky label paper before applying to the aluminium. I then drilled the holes and cut out the shapes. The aluminium is so thin that it cuts relatively easily by scoring with a No.11 Exacto blade and then bending. The curves on the end were rough cut and then filed to final shape.

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    The Chassis is then attached to the Firebox:

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    The boiler is then mounted on the Chassis and attached to the Firebox:

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    And another set of brass hand rails is added:

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    The first set of boiler pipe work is added next. These two pipes (one each side) are cast metal fittings and simply needed painting (metal grey) before fitting. Not shown in the photo below, a timber support for these pipes must be made and fitted on the under-side of the chassis.

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    And that brings us up to date for now. Next up will be fitting of more pipework and the main pistons. Stay tuned........

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    Great progress, Grant.
    Your narrative and pictures set a very high standard. The quality and attention to detail are first rate! It will be interesting, knowing your penchant for very small detail, to see if you decide to fabricate a shovel, coal bucket and other small touches. Perhaps a pair of gloves for the engineer as well.

    Cheers,

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    Thanks Jim. I'll be sticking pretty much to straight out-of-the-box for this build. It's such a nicely made kit that I don't think much else is really needed. As for shovels, coal buckets and gloves, maybe I should put in a call to our MSW shipmate Remco - I seem to recall him doing something like that!
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    This is going very well.

    Where do you source these kits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by artme View Post
    This is going very well.

    Where do you source these kits?
    Hi artme,

    You can get them from Cornwall Model Boats in the UK. They are made by OcCre. Even though I live in the US, I've purchased from Cornwall. They have a great selection of all kinds of models and manufacturers.

    Cheers,

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    Thanks for jumping in with that answer Jim.

    Artme - you can also order direct for OcCre in Spain. I chose to order through Cornwall Modle Boats as I've had very good experience with them previously.

    Here's a couple of links:

    http://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/...g/OC54000.html

    http://www.occre.com/model-train/rocket-locomotive.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjdale View Post
    Thanks for jumping in with that answer Jim.

    Artme - you can also order direct for OcCre in Spain. I chose to order through Cornwall Modle Boats as I've had very good experience with them previously.

    Here's a couple of links:

    http://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/...g/OC54000.html

    http://www.occre.com/model-train/rocket-locomotive.html

    Cheers,
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    Those model kits aren't cheap especially with the Aussie Dollar down at present BUT WOW are they nice.......

    Just browse through the kits and marvel.... thanks Grant for the links.... Cheers crowie

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    Great thread Grant!

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