Detailing the 782




The last few nights I’ve been adding the details to the 782 tank and she now has the handrails added.
Please try to ignore the state of the continuous smokebox handrail. It’s truly appalling – I always struggle with forming those accurately. There is probably a very simple formula or method to forming these but I’m damned if I’ve discovered it yet.
The 782 has a less common type of cab handrail and as a result I had to fabricate my own from scrap.
You’ll notice the steps have gone. Unfortunately, they didn’t stand up well to the forces I placed on them while applying the tank side rails. Old Gorilla Hands strikes again!
I’ve ordered replacement etches ones from Mainly Trains and in any case I wasn’t overly keen on the clunky brass ones. The MT etches are fairly generic and should adapt OK. As long as the scaling issues on earlier etchings have been addressed. Some of those early sets looked like they were intended for some new halfway house between ‘S’ and ‘O’!


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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4 Responses to Detailing the 782

  1. BURROWA says:

    Smokebox handrails are not my favourite either, your’s looks ok.When it’s painted and weathered it won’t stand out as much. Thats my excuse and I’m sticking to it. Regards Peter

  2. Terry says:

    Hi Dave,
    Life has finally allowed me to catch up with you and your blog!
    Love this rebuild. this was the first white metal kit I built in 1973 with a triang chassis! It was the best runner in my fleet clearly because of the weight. I had the same problem as you with the hand rail. Apparently I should have formed the hand rail with one knob for the smoke box already in place. It still didn’t help!. I’ve still got the engine, your rebuild has inspired me to have another go with a proper chassis. I’ve dug out a few of my other nightmares from the 70’s, it could be fun trying to turn them into something useful. I’ve spent several enjoyable hours trawling through your blog, and loved every minute. email me about the NE region EM group, it’s a great set of of guys who are very welcoming and in range of where you live.


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