The deflectors might be all soldered up, but they have to come apart again!
looking at some photos last night mainly of the cylinders and cam boxes I glanced upwards and it struck me like being hit over the head with a slice of lemon wrapped around a gold brick ........
The deflector handrail is a single piece, not the two part affair that you get with the Brits
When I can summon up the effort the shorter lower handrails have to be unsoldered and removed, one of the holes filled wit
Been a bit busy recently with kitchens and ISO courses at work, but I've finally fitted one brake hanger to the chassis and it has become apparent that once they are all fitted the wheels will not come off.
This means that the chassis will need painting before the brakes are fitted. The hangers are glued to the frames in any case to isolate them from the live chassis sides, so no real hardship. I'll continue to fabricate them whilst I make a start on the valve gear.
One step forward, two
As I've mentioned before, I bought the 9F donor knowing it was on the Mazak rot list. It was sold without the tender so there was a good chance that the tender chassis had suffered, but I might have got away with the motor fixings.
The tell tale signs were there and so I ordered a few sets from Hornby for a couple of quid each. This is what I found when I took the front one off
As I said, expected and a cheap fix thankfully. They were coming of
The main construction fo the tender is done. All the Comet bits are soldered together and the tender body is just waiting for a final fettle (adding small plasticard bits for the ladder to rest on) and fabrication of the rear steps if I decider to add them.
Here's a few shots of the chassis just wanting final fitting of the NEM pocket (and then the vac pipes etc) and pickups.
Pickups will be "backscratcher" type from above mounted on two strips of copperclad solder
Just a quick update today. The deflectors arrived last week and one is assembled. Mods need to be done as the Duke's footplate is further forward than a Brit. Other issue is that CTMB don't supply the handrail knobs, good job I have some in stock.
Better news today was a text from Pete Harvey, etched goodies on the way that will make my Duke unique, well until he does his too.
More to follow
OK, so I was in Mevagissey last week, so HAD to call at the World of Model Railways with #2 son for an hour or two.
Some Spingside BR Head and tail lamps just jumped off the rack at me
Group 4 for the interested -
Well, it is a mixed traffic engine B)
Gives you a good look at the other details added from the Brit detailing pack too