We’re just two weeks away from the Railway Modellers’ Meet. As I’ve said before, I always like to bring something to display, and I think everyone else should too. What’s more, we committee members agreed to bring something to get the display rolling: I have a commitment to bring a display!
So, I’m working to finish the POC for 622’s frame and springs. Sadly, I wasn’t able to get any quarter-millimetre phosphor bronze, and so, I had to make the equalizing beams from too-soft brass. In any case, the rudimentary tools that are not buried in Mt Flood do not enable me to make the proper shape, and the beams hang below the top chord of the frame, rather than being chastely hidden inside.
As a proof of concept, this version is a bit of a failure. It’s impossible to see what is going on inside the slot, but it seems like the fulcrum is too shallow to act as a fulcrum, or perhaps the slot is too narrow, or perhaps the equalizing beams are bent so they don’t run smoothly in the slots, or maybe the frame itself is bent (I can’t even find a proper straight edge). Whatever is going on, the equalizing beams should be able to waggle more easily than they do.
Now the question: should I continue to pursue this design, perhaps spend another evening with the Cricut and some MEK? Or, should I abandon this approach as unworkable and follow the path I blazed with #10?