Thursday, 10 April 2014

One Last Job

I'd almost forgotten one very important job before I begin painting the Super Barns - fitting the glazing.

It's not essential to do it at this stage but it does involve quite a bit of handling so it probably makes more sense to get it out of the way now.

I generally cut this from a perspex sheet 20" thick which has a protective film on both sides which you don't remove until the final fitment. That explains the blue tint to what you can see above.

I thought you might also like to see exactly how we fit glazing in our carriages.

We try to avoid gluing them into position if we possibly can relying on the interior and strips hidden beneath the roof, to hold it in place.

The little white squares of styrene are the stop blocks which prevent the floor / chassis disappearing up inside the body and set the correct ride height for the carriage and so I have to cut out sections from the glazing to fit around them.

The glazing for the vestibules and ends will have to be secured in place with a spot of glue but as they're much smaller than the main runs they're easier to manipulate and, I hope, there's less chance of accidentally getting some solvent smeared on the wrong bit when fitting them.

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