Sleeping Beauty.

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Last week I acquired, via a well-known online junk shop trading post.πŸ˜‰, this rather nice half-built kit of a Stanier ‘Princess Royal’ Pacific.
There’s clearly still a lot of work to do so this one probably won’t be on the bench for a bit. There are numerous small parts required to complete which aren’t much of an issue though I will have to improvise in the case of the smokebox door.
The chassis is to EM and built like a dreadnought and although it is a good, solid thing my feelings are that I should replace the whole of the loco’s underpinnings with a Comet set-up for consistency’s sake. The tender is a whopping great cast monster of a thing but the original builder has furnished it with a rocking rear axle and plunger pick-ups on the outer wheels.
I’m also considering replacing the cab-sides with etched items, providing suitable etchings exist.
Ultimately, I intend to recreate 46203 Princess Margaret Rose circa 1951 in the original BR Express Passenger blue livery.
Not everyone’s cup of tea and guaranteed to earn a raspberry from the direction of Kashmir Cottage I’ll grant you, but it’s not a commonly modelled livery and I like it very much so there! 😊
You might not see this one up on the bench for a bit but this is a wee teaser for the day when it does start to show its face on a regular basis.
I’m looking forward to tackling it in due course but meantime, bench discipline must be maintained with three other locos already underway!

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About maxstafford60093

Scotsman in exile. Lover of Scotland's railways, land, people and culture. Always got an ear for new and interesting music. Politically of the left and most definitely repelled by the shallow and narcissistic. An unlikely jazz-cat mod rocker with punk tendencies; a bit 1968, a bit 1977 with a distracting overdub of 1958... Most often found outdoors with my four legged buddy!
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