Carlsberg don’t do kits…

But if they did, this one would keep them on their toes!

Just arrived in the post today is a new kit by Peter Stanger at 52F models.
This is for the attractive C16 4-4-2 tank locomotive, formerly NBR Class L.
52F kits already have a reputation for innovative and intelligent design and even from the point where the wrapping comes off, quality radiates from even the sturdy plastic box containing the kit itself.

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Inside are a fabulous collection of nickel silver etches, first off; the quality is readily apparent upon viewing and the chassis frames are a simple fold-up which should help the achievement of square chassis assembly.

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One especially innovative feature for me is the fact that some of the more complex-shaped items have already been pre-formed, such as the tank sides and boiler. The cab roof and smokebox have also been pre-shaped. The smokebox wrapper is also part etched so rivets can be pushed out though if I remember correctly this only really applies to the similar C15, a kit for which is also being produced. (EDIT-sorry, Pete, I just read the relevant part of the instructions – C16s could have them too!)

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Additionally, there are several bags of castings, both white metal and lost wax brass.
These latter, along with the superb sprung buffers will I hope be available separately as there are items that will be useful for other NB/LNER types. The buffers are also suitable for CR types too

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This particular version of the kit is optimised for EM although P4 and OO versions should be available.
For an additional fee, Peter supplies Gibson wheels with modified crank pin throw, prototypical to the engine.

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The instruction sheet itself is a work of art with clear, detailed and explicit instructions for each stage of construction; far cry from the cast kits of yesteryear and it’s evident that these have been written by someone who has actually built the kit.

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In summary, this kit has been designed and produced with care, intelligence and real innovation.
The mere appearance and feel of the kit inspires confidence in this builder at least and in time, when current commitments have been cleared I shall report the building process on this very blog.
In the meantime, if you want one of these kits, they can be ordered via Peter at 52fmodels.sharepoint.com.
I’m really pleased with this excellent kit and the proof of it will be in the building.
I have every confidence it will live up to the high expectations I have for it!

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Jumbo progress.

After the Jumbo had been primed and minor flaws attended to, I applied the first coats of utilitarian black paint. I now realise I haven’t attached the tender rear handrails as yet but apart from lamp irons and cab doors which I shall fabricate from plastic, the loco is essentially complete as far as the superstructure goes.
I now need to turn my attention to the replacement stainless steel coupling rods and brake-gear as well as attending to the electrical side. While I deal with those aspects, I’ll hold fire on the final numbering, weathering etc.
Meanwhile, here she is outside works in daylight for the first time. I’ll spare you the habitual ‘laundry shot’ this time!

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Well, almost!
That insulator in the background is genuine Waverley Route, by the way!

Summer evening’s walk

Seeing as it was such a good evening, I decided to give Abi an extra walk and spontaneously picked the path from Lyneside Station to Fauldmoor Crossing. This was the true racing ground of the Waverley Route as it got into its stride out of Carlisle, past Harker and trains could attain high speeds before slowing for Longtown.

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Lyneside Station was the turnback and daytime stabling point for the Parkside/Harker workers trains and is today a very attractive private dwelling. The lower floor of the signal box still exists and in fact the upper level survived into the 1990s before succumbing to time and the elements.
On a beautiful evening such as the one just past it was wonderful to imagine being here fifty or sixty years ago watching trains pass.
Although the top of the formation has been heavily skimmed in places, there are many relics still in existence such as ballast boxes and signal runners and even what looks like a gradient post!

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Just north of the station the route crosses the river Lyne and though the viaduct decking was dismantled after this section closed in September 1970, the path conversion has resulted in a wooden footbridge being constructed and supported on the old buttresses and piers. These piers have certainly been subject to renovation and repair during their railway service and this work is much in evidence from blue brickwork among the original stone to the heavy rail bracing round the central pier. You can still see the channel and steel pad where the original plate sides rested. Also in evidence was a massive accumulation of driftwood that must have piled up during the extreme rain we experienced here on the 18th of May. Further north is a cattle creep which Abi inspected on the way back.

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After an hour we were back at Lyneside after our walk lineside!
By now the sun was about setting but the light was making both the red sandstone of the station and the red bark of the attendant Scots Pines glow with a warm richness that is one of the attributes that makes Pinus Sylvestris my favourite tree!

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An evening well spent and it was easy to imagine an A2 or similar racing north on a rake of coaches, the whole ensemble glowing in the low sun!

For sale

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Moving to EM has generated a need to return to basics in the sense that it would be folly to try and convert such a large fleet, particularly those that have already had improvement work.
In any case, such enhancements as Easichassis don’t come cheap and things, some well-loved have to go to make space.
It’s for this reasonthat I am putting some of my ‘flagships’ up for offer in the hope that they find good homes.
Listed here are A1 60159 ‘Bonnie Dundee’, A3s 60068 ‘Sir Visto’ and 60035 ‘Windsor Lad’, both of which have had finescale wheels and Brassmasters details added.
All three of these are going for £120 each, taking into account the fact they’ve had the five star treatment.
Also available is the B17 Shown or £85.
Please respond via a convenient means if interested. I’ll be offering other items such as some SMP point kits and a large number of unused 00 wagon and coach wheelsets from Markits and Gibson.

There may be more on offer including kit built rollinbg stock that can’t easily be re-gauged.

Van-tasmagoria!

This morning I finished off the diagram 1897 van, finishing off with some weathering, firstly with Tamiya acrylics then some weathering powder by Anita Decor which I purchased at Intermodellbau in Germany five years ago. I really ought to make more use of the stuff as you can generate some interesting effects with it, particularly on vans for some reason. Suitably impressed with the finish I then applied it retrospectively to the steel-bodied van, still loitering with intent on the bench and also to a Bachmann LNER type that had been similarly hanging around. This was one of the ‘weathered three pack’ vehicles and therefore a good basis for further work.

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Meanwhile, the Jumbo has progressed to the priming stage. Any blemishes and imperfections have now been made visible and therefore easier to rectify.

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In Between Days

Whilst I’ve been busy with the Jumbo, I had to pause whilst I was awaiting a new gearbox unit for it.
I decided to take advantage of this lull to tackle another wagon.
The Ratio LMS 12T van is an old but excellent kit that belies its near forty year age in terms of quality.
Being the sort of individual I am however, I couldn’t just build the kit as it came. I decided to produce a Diagram 1897 vacuum fitted van which meant using a different chassis, in this case a Parkside 10′ wheelbase chassis with J-hanger suspension.
In addition, the vehicle has 8-shoe clasp brakes and diagonal strengtheners on the body sides.
It was an easy enough job to substitute the new solebars due to the breakdown of chassis parts; they just butt on to the standard chassis. The diagonals were simply added using microstrip and probably need some rivet details added. I’ll likely use Archers transfers for those prior to applying the top coat of paint.
The buffers are as usual the excellent Lanarkshire Model Supplies items and the roof vents are from MJT.
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Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

A consignment of tender wheels arrived today although I was slightly crestfallen to see that my supplier had provided OO wheels on pinpoints which were ultimately as much use as Nigel Farage to an Edinburgh taxi driver.
After weighing up my options, I trawled my parts boxes and found a set of 14mm spoked Markits tender wheels and saw that they would sit comfortably on the Gibson EM axles I had spare.
Feeling pleased that I’d pulled off the bodge successfully, I placed the wheelsets into the tender frames and have placed them temporarily under the body. There is still a bit of filing and clearance to be done underneath so the wheels turn freely and in truth I wish I’d fabricated new outer frames but things are pretty much on course now here to create a very nice little engine. I’m looking forward to adding the smaller parts and getting on with the painting.

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