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An old Castle models kit


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I still like making whitemetal kits but having moved into 7mm modelling this is to be the last. Bought through the O Guage Guild Society relatively cheaply with wheels included, I already had a motor and gearbox in the spares box. The kit is from the 1980`s and the body castings seemed reasonable. With some major fettling of the body parts I felt she would make a reasonable loco.

 

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By thinning the edges I felt she would have a much better profile.

 

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The boiler casting would really need some major work. I decided to remove all cast boiler bands.

 

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Then provide brass boiler bands to improve the look.

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She has been low melt soldered throughout due to the weight of a 7mm model.

 

 

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I would normally provide compensation on the chassis, but this time I did`nt bother as she weighs a ton and some!! But I did add some extra frame detail with plasticard.

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Having got this far i decided to scrap all the boiler and smokebox fittings as they looked overscale. I sourced alternative castings from various O guage suppliers. Overall I think it improved her looks no end.

 

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Then it was off to the paint shop for etch priming and livery. Number plates and cab detailing and the Old Gal was done......

 

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This looks magnificent, and beautifully photographed, too.  I can almost feel the weight, just from looking at it :)

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Never been a huge fan of the large metros, much prefer the small tanked ones, but she does look lovely!

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A great piece of model making, good chassis/motor/gearbox and lovely detailing, should make an excellent and useful addition to a layout.

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Good to see a large metro for a change, and some excellent craftmanship. Thinning the edges has worked really well, but as you say it's those fittings that really add to the finer look. It will fit right in with the brass locos, I think.

 

PS: Don't want to seem like a nit-picker, but are you aware that you are starting a whole new blog every time you post, rather than just a new entry in the existing blog? If you want to fix that, Andy Y explains how in the comments to this blog entry: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/1594/entry-14525-guten-tag-the-station-part-complete/

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  • RMweb Gold

Hi, no not at all..... Your not the only one that has mentioned that . But I am pressing the add entry button!!!!!

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