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  1. So a very nice man gave me a Leinster Models Gauge O J26 'Bat' kit, its stamped out tinplate and brass kit old style- amazing! I'm eventually building something for me and I want to complete it soon in appreciation to the chap whom gave it to me. Wheels, motor, and chassis fittings were ordered last week, the wheels and bearings arrived yesterday from Slaters- I was a bit limited on choice they only had 14 spoke in 4' 6'', it should be 16 spoke but only option for that was a bigger wheel so I stuck to wheel size. Today I set about preparing the drive rods to use as a jig to set the axle bearing centres in the chassis frames. After working out a chassis drawing I started to mark up the rods for machining , the rods are supplied pre drilled! the blue one in the photo. While marking out I found the drilled holes were way over size for the Slater crank-pin bushes and realised that the hole centres between each rod did not line up! So I bit the bullet and made a new set, drilled to the correct centres and the drilled hole size a nice fit for the bushes - they are the two above the blue one in the photo. So marked out again, the rods have a slight bow shape and I hope to replicate this, its very slight, hence the double lines in the markings. The oil cups will be there also- if that's what their called? All bolted up and ready for a bit of milling to remove the waste and then its down to files to get the shape. Eoin
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