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Rennie locos part three, nearly but not quite...


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Well, having restored the lost images to my blog about the Rennie loco project I now realise that I've done more than I thought and this deserves an update.

 

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Croydon is now complete although the above image shows that there are a few final jobs to do before it can enter traffic. There is a large black scar behind the drivers on both sides where i removed too much of the boiler/firebox to allow room for the driving wheels. This has now been filled, smoothed and painted to blend in. A couple of details have been completed on the tender too and it now runs very sweetly so I'm happy to call it a day on this one.

 

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The view from an 1840s drone (hot air balloon)!

 

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Satellite in OO has also been completed and is now with its new owner in London (where it belongs...?!).

 

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Interestingly, the compromises made to squeeze the boiler in between the OO gauge drivers don't seem to be too apparent once the splashers are in place. By request I didn't add the crew to this one but a driver and fireman have been supplied and can always be tacked in place for exhibition use. The sight of it trundling along without crew could be unsettling for those of a nervous disposition! 

 

I still have two more to build, my own Satellite in EM and Kentish Man which was similar but not quite the same. Worth doing....I think....!

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Mikkel

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What an excellent result.

 

Interesting that the gauge difference does not seem that apparent, though I suppose a comparison shot from the front would be a different story!

 

I agree about the crew, the driver makes quite a difference to the realism here.

 

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I notice your fireman's nipped off down the pub. I'm sure we all agree that having crew on these wide-open cab locos is a must, but even allowing for a fall plate between loco and tender there doesn't seem to have been much room on the footplate for them. Superb modelling.

 

George

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1 hour ago, 45587 said:

I notice your fireman's nipped off down the pub. I'm sure we all agree that having crew on these wide-open cab locos is a must, but even allowing for a fall plate between loco and tender there doesn't seem to have been much room on the footplate for them. Superb modelling.

 

George

 

Thanks George, good point about the fall plate and the fireman. Since the photo was taken a fall plate has been added and he has returned to duty, seemingly none the worse for wear. I can't say the same for his mate, ex-petty officer Solly...!

 

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