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Right here we go the start of a new project. This is another one of those kits that was aquired from a well known site for not a lot of money. Yes I know I need my bumps reading. I was just a good deal. I am sure the cast wheels for the bogie and drivers would cost more than the kit did. I bought Slaters ones for the tender and pony.

 

It had been started but the only bit touched was the loco body, someone tried to form it. It will be alright on the night though.

 

The kit is an ex Wagon and Carriage works one, I do not know much about the heritage of the kit I think it was originally drawn by Jim Harris, the chassis has oakville etched on it. So I think it has done the rounds.

 

The only thing really done was to cut the body into sides and top, from the on piece etch. The kit was also designed for outside bearings on the tender, so I have measured up ready to make a new inner chassis that I will compensate on the front two axles.

 

The loco will also be compensated on the front two drivers. This will be a bit of a task as there is no provision for horn blocks. I will be getting new crossheads and slide, and injectors from Meteor, as they do nice lost wax cast ones.

 

The first real task for me to do is the tender chassis, I will also make some spacers for the loco, as it has the round bar type ones which I do not like.

 

The kit comes with a cast white metal cab and an etched brass one. I will go withthe brass one as it will look better, I am though having trouble with what width it is supposed to be? It is not quite 9' but to big for 8'6". I will be making it with an 8' 6" cab. As I would like to make it as Watersmeet, Lundy would of been better but that one was rebuilt.

 

The rest ot the etchings look OK and there are lots of white metal casting for every thing that was bolted on. We will see how good they are later.

 

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Good luck! The chassis looks very Jim Harris ;)

 

Rather you than me, but you've proved your tenacity with the Ivatt 2MT, so I expect you'll make a silk purse out of this one too.

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Good luck! The chassis looks very Jim Harris ;)

 

Rather you than me, but you've proved your tenacity with the Ivatt 2MT, so I expect you'll make a silk purse out of this one too.

 

Thank you. It will be interesting.

 

I think you are right about it the chassis. It saves a bit of cutting out, It seems quite good dimensionally.

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Hmmmm is about right. I have shied away from it today. For some strange reason I got the lining pen out. The bumps must be in serious need of being looked at.

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That chassis is exactly the same etch as is in the acme rebuilt version that I have which was designed by jim harris. The acme kit has a seperate etch for the valve gear. So the kit has certainly done the rounds as you say.

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That chassis is exactly the same etch as is in the acme rebuilt version that I have which was designed by jim harris. The acme kit has a seperate etch for the valve gear. So the kit has certainly done the rounds as you say.

I just hope the cab and body etches have been altered. It was not easy to get it to look right.

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If the tender is anything to go by its not looking good. The tender tank rear and front have straight edges. if you curve the tender sides as per the prototype there are huge gaps. Not too difficult to fill but you shouldnt need to. Its almost as if jim couldnt decide on the correct tender side profile and just left it to the builder

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I think I had to shape the tender ends. I know I did not alter the tank top width, so there must of been enough material. My biggest concern was the cab it was between the two widths. But yours may well be different as it is a rebuilt one.

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