Whilst I wait for a replacement chassis etch for the Barclay (long story) I’ve decided to make a start on the second NCB loco for Project77.
Due to some confusion and overthinking on my part concerning the compensation on the Barclay, I feel that I need to start afresh with this loco and I’m doing it as a rigid just to keep things relatively simple and make proper progress.
I’ve used the RT Models chassis etch for the Austerity. This will go under an old Dapol ‘Warrington’ which I obtained for a fairly reasonable price over the summer.
Power is by a can motor through a High Level 108:1 gearbox which should mean a fair bit of grunt.
No need for speed here. Strong and steady is the standard requirement and it’s likely the motor will have a flywheel.
Anyway, two evenings’ work has seen the frames assembled, using my faithful Hobby Holidays masterchassis jig with various details applied tonight and the gearbox frame assembled.
Now, if I can get myself a 14BA drill and tap, this would be running by the weekend!
Before work today, I grabbed a couple of hours at the bench and surprised myself with the progress made. Cab splashers applied, firebox and boiler/smokebox fabricated. Whilst these are relatively simple shapes in terms of the Fowler design, I suspect the real challenge will be mounting the sub assemblies squarely in relation to one another.
(Image courtesy of WRHA Archive.)
Whilst a number of kits exist for models of the Caledonian and Highland Railways’ larger locomotives, there is nothing similar for the NBR (sorry, I just don’t like the full title!) 🙂 equivalent, WP Reid’s impressive Atlantic Class locomotives.
Built in the early 1900s to handle crack East Coast services north of Edinburgh and also the Midland Expresses north of Carlisle over the Waverley Route, these big 4-4-2s were unique to the best of my knowledge as being the only tender locomotives in Scotland with that wheel arrangement.
During the 1970s, a cast kit was available from GEM, but this is now very difficult to find so Peter Stanger, founder of 52F Models has intimated that if sufficient interest is forthcoming he will produce an etched kit in 2015.
It’s certainly a kit I would love to see produced so if you like me share that desire, please leave a comment to that effect and I’ll make sure word gets back to Pete.
Having made his mark on the NER modelling world with a rather nice series of kits, Pete has begun to tackle gaps in the NB’s fleet such as the C16 I reviewed last year and the useful N15 tank loco. Currently he is working on a J83 tank, famous in the later steam era as the Waverley station shunt pilots and whilst nothing is as yet finalised, future projects under consideration include J88 dock tanks and ‘Intermediate’ 4-4-0s.
You can visit Pete’s website and see the NE and NB items he has already produced by following this link. http://52fmodels.sharepoint.com/