Today I finished the majority of the pantograph system. All that remains of it is a 3rd supporting arm on the left side and 2 wires at the top of the pantograph on both sides. The pantograph has been placed into a hierarchy system with pivot points carefully placed, so if animation on the pantograph was needed, it would be possible.
Today i spent a large amount of time on the pantograph apparatus, I started by moving the side of the track that the locomotive was on, it now faces the correct way. I also modified the rear of the main body piece, lifting it up into the next section to be completed in future. After this I began on the ceramic discs and then the silver-coloured apparatus.
Today I spend the majority of the time on the side skirt. Both sides are different so a little editing to the first version was required. I also extended the locomotive body to the section under the pantograph, to the back of the rear-facing 2nd cab. I then added the 3rd cooling fan bracket on the side, and the 4th on the top. I then modeled the fan covers. I also fixed the way that the locomotive is facing. It was back to front until now. The only thing that needs fixing from here is that it is on the wrong side of the track. Next week I will either model the traction motors between the wheels in the middle of the bogie or model the pantograph, the part of an AC electric train that collects power.
Today I further modified the large suspension piece according to another piece of reference I found in the magazine mentioned a few days ago. This meant not only further widening it outwards in the middle section (where the larger spring sit), but also moving the inner part of this section outwards too. After this I got to work on the main body. I’m keeping this section separate from the cab sections on both ends. I’ve also modelled the frames for the cooling fan covers on the sides.
I finished the ladder and fitted it, which included modifying it further. I then created the larger spring fittings and springs that connect to the main body of the locomotive.
Today there was not a lot that I added, I started a base for the ladder that fits to the wheels under the cab doors. I also extended the platforms.
Today I added the hydraulic fixings on the sides of the suspension. Some of these pieces also hold the ladder that enables drivers to climb in and out of the cab when the locomotive is not parked next to a platform. I further refined the large piece, extending it outwards in the middle section between the wheels. In 3D reference, this piece comes out to the same point as the hydraulics I added.
Today I began with further refinement of the cylindrical object that connects the wheels. The springs on the suspension followed.
On this day I continued putting detail into the suspension, starting with widening the large piece that holds the suspension together beyond the wheels, and also a little chamfering on the edges. The rest followed in order of which piece depended on the other, with the spring fixing being last. After this I refined the part that the spring fixings held up.
Continuing on from where I’d left off, I worked on the OverHead Line Electrics, or OHLE for short. This is how electric-powered trains draw the power needed to run, as opposed to diesel or steam. I added in the I-beams used frequently on the East Coast Mainline, and a little more of the wiring. Due to the complexity and lack of reference, I’d need to take on-location reference. For this reason, I moved on.
I started on the suspension, using reference from Modern Locomotives Illustrated, Issue 229. My plan is to build the locomotive from the ground up, and try to keep the suspension as detailed as I can without sacrificing too much time.