Photo copyright Martyn Read, used with permission.
It's going to prove an interesting project, as none of the castings I need, axleboxes, buffers, etc, are available commercially so I'll need to design these and get them made, either by myself or contract someone to do it. Certain parts I've developed for the Nitric Acid Tanks will be useful for this, such as the axleguards and axleboxes, which will only need slight modfication. Conversely some of the parts for these will prove to be useful for the Nitric tanks.
I'll devise and produce etched components for the chassis and body, to show how straightforward it is and how anyone with access to a computer and a vector drawing package (you don't even need to use a CAD program) can produce their own. I'll also be giving resin casting a go for the non-working details, so any castings with the exception of the buffers and axleboxes. I might try to incorporate working leaf springs, but that might be a challenge too far, given that I have to draw up all the bits, get them made and assemble the model!
I owe a big thank you to Martyn Read (GloriousNSE) - not only has he allowed me to use one of his pictures to illustrate the thread, he's also provided me with some detail pics taken from different angles to mine, that are going to be a big help with this project.
More to follow soon.
Edit - I know this probably won't be considered scratchbuilding by the purists, but I think it's a modern take on it, just taking advantage of the modern tools at our disposal.
Edited by Pugsley, 24 March 2012 - 14:44 .