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Crosti 9F

Posted by Paddy802 , 06 September 2017 · 412 views

I recently had 2 weeks summer holiday to take care of the little Imp's that run riot round my house, and as we weren't going abroad this year, I thought between the day trips and the endless DIY tasks I'd get a lot more scenery done to the layout and thus hopefully have all the ground scenery complete! Instead I did very little. However what I did do is detail and weather my Crosti 9F which I impulsively bought a few months ago, I found an article in a model railway magazine on detailing the Crosti 9F, so armed with this I acquired Alan Gibson pony truck wheels, some fine brass wire and a Britannia detailing pack. I used the article as more of a guide, I re soldered new rungs in to the ladder which was soul destroying, after this I decided to just fit the Britannia cylinder drain cocks as I didn't fancy soldering up some of my own. I was unable to get the brake gear from mainly trains as recommended in the article as the web site has closed ( as the company may have but I'm not really sure??) so had to forgo fitting the fitting of brake gear, which is very annoying as its an obvious feature that is missing. Probably the most hassle was the steam lance pipe work which I just couldn't get to shape and snuggly fit, also there is always the threat of a gluey mess on the boiler, I followed the pictures carefully and noticed that in the article it went into the boiler just before the 3rd boiler ring from the front, so I followed this, then when I looked at a photo of the real thing it seemed to run the full length of the boiler above another small pipe, which meant taking off the old steam lance fitting I'd made, filling in the small hole I'd drilled in the boiler to accommodate this and re shaping and carefully attaching a new pipe the full length of the boiler, I cut it in places so that it looked like it was going behind the other pipe work that is molded to the boiler. There was few more details I added and changed, front steps, 3 shackle coupling etc. It ain't perfect by a long way but its a railroad model and I'm no expert on Crosti's (also I'm far to young to have seen one!!), I still think its a bargain especially with sound and saves me making the choo choo noises!
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Looking good, certainly taking a model to the next level

Nice work. Could I ask where the loco crew came from? they`re very realistic.

 

Look forward to seeing more pictures when time allows.

Nice work. Could I ask where the loco crew came from? they`re very realistic.
 
Look forward to seeing more pictures when time allows.


Hi Jim, the figures are from 'ModelU' it's the company that scans and 3D prints real people, they have a web site where I bought a big heap for my loco's. They come unpainted and are 3D printed red plastic. Non of them are scans of me just the readily available figures of the web site.

Thanks for the info regarding the figures. Sorry not to have replied earlier but i`ve been away and only just got to look at your blog again.

Many thanks.

Jim.

Unfortunately you're right. Mainly Trains did close last year with Dave Cleal's retirement.

Sadly the way of many small firms these days.

Nice looking engine!

John.

Unfortunately you're right. Mainly Trains did close last year with Dave Cleal's retirement.

Sadly the way of many small firms these days.

Nice looking engine!

John.

It is sad news. Hopefully there isn't going to be a decline in the kit and detailing companies as time goes on, it will be a sad day when we have to make do with the RTR models as they are from the bigger companies. I've noticed as time goes by and some of the older modellers retire from the scene that the younger modellers are missing out on lost knowledge. I watched 2 you tube videos on weathering the other day and in both they didn't know what the sand filler caps were!

I certainly am no font of knowledge but I try and read up on the locomotive I'm dealing with.

Or in the case of this locomotive some one else did the research and I just read the magazine article!!!

Thanks for the kind comment and the info.

Paddy

Thanks for the info regarding the figures. Sorry not to have replied earlier but i`ve been away and only just got to look at your blog again.

Many thanks.

Jim.

Hi Jim

No worries, I'm not on the web to often either. Sort of dip a toe now and again lol.

 

Paddy

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