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WIN SOME, LOSE SOME.


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Win some, lose some.

 

Some time ago I bought a Collett goods from a well known site. Did not cost too much, so you pay your money and take the chance.

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Well if you remember this is the way I got the Hall. Which for the price I was in a win, win situation.

 

This one arrived a little while ago and I only had a really good look at it today. I work on the principle if it costs no more than the wheels would then even a real lame duck is not a complete disaster.

 

Looking at this it is made from an old punched out kit, the tender has not been started, so I think that may well go in the to do drawer. The loco needs stripping before I decide on this, the fittings on the boiler are pretty dire.

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It came with wheels in the chassis not sure how this would of worked, as the front to driving wheels are in sliding hornblocks, with poorly made solid coupling rods. But the biggest fault I can see is that the wheels are screwed onto their axles, two pairs are left hand lead and one pair is right hand lead. As yet I have not found a combination to get them all the same way around.

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On the plus side there are a few bags of whitemetal fittings. Including two set, tender axelgaurds., more wash out plugs than you can shake a stick at.. Some brake shoes and a few othe bits and bobs.

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There was also some cast wheel blanks two tenders worth and a bogie set, and a few ready turned drivers, these need checking to see if usable and for what. I will save these for me to have a go on when I get my lathe here.

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In a way I am not too displeased, but as for having a loco to make good and pass on, I think it was not one of my better deals.

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Oh crikey! That looks archaic.

 

Best of luck with this one.

Hi Kev

It is. I am not sure what to do about it. I am sure it could be made into something quite good. But I am unsure if it would be financially worth while. It needs quite a few castings purchased and a lot of time. I would love to have a go at turning the wheels.

I will probably put the loco and tender away until we get some very long winter nights. (Here every night is 12 hour long).

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It appears to me to be a very early kit, from back in the days when a kit was little more than an aid to scratchbuilding,

 

You certainly have the skill to make it into a very good finished model. But, as you say, its going to take quite a few hours of work.

 

Ha ha! Long winter nights....... Perhaps it would make a good on going project, to be dug out every now and again to do a bit of work on?

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It appears to me to be a very early kit, from back in the days when a kit was little more than an aid to scratchbuilding,

 

You certainly have the skill to make it into a very good finished model. But, as you say, its going to take quite a few hours of work.

 

Ha ha! Long winter nights....... Perhaps it would make a good on going project, to be dug out every now and again to do a bit of work on?

Kev

I reckon that is the only way to make it worth while. I might be good for trying out CSB as it is a nice and simple chassis design. It did come with a pair of Skinley drawings, so I have something to copy.

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