The con rods etched arrived today from Bill Bedford, and I am now very confused!
I can identify what some of the parts are, but have no idea about many of the other ones (for example the part that I have identified as the con rods, has 8 components. Its very clear which 2 are the top and bottom of each half of the con rod (that would be the parts with half etched detail on them.) but the other 4 bits just look like rectangles that are the length of each component. Is this some kind of test piece that you fit when test running a new loco to make sure it dosnt go wrong and muck up the new rods?
As for assembly, I'm guessing its a simple case of solder them together with the half etched bits on the inside?
Looking at the small components, I think that might be a bit much for my ability at this stage (my lack of knowledge on what bits of a steam loco are what dosnt help)
My thinking is tending towards using the etched parts for the big components (the con rods and the link between them and the cylinder bits) then maybe think about going back to it and changing the other bits once I have a bit more experience at these things...