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Standard Eight - details details

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Had a pretty peaceful weekend so in between my Dad's 80th and one of my oldest friends getting wed I managed to get some details done on the Eight.

 

The tender is done, speaker wired up and installed, coal in the bunker and ladder refitted. Just needs a coat or two of varnish to blend it in with the loco.

 

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The Comet lubricators have been fitted and the holes above in the footplate filled with Squadron White. I've also stripped the lining and cabside numbers ready for painting.

 

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The cab has been turned into the later variant with the second handrail removed and the plating to the rear cut away. I still have to fabricate the panels behind the driver and fireman's seats.

 

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Following a delivery from East Kent models late last week I now have the 8F bogie, this has been fitted with a RR Hornby evening star front bogie wheelset, again bought new, so I now have a spare 8F front wheelset and a 9F bogie without wheels!

 

So, a few more bits of fabrication to go and then some patch painting and it's more or less there :)

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Hi Ian

I love seeing your projects take shape, especially the neverwazzas. Your 2-8-2 and the standard 8 are fascinating, as is the Caprotti-Crosti 5 that may get attempted one day.

One question - it looks from the pics as if the body sits further back on the chassis than your mk1 version. Is that just how it appears?

Thanks,

Iain

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Thanks for the kind comments :)

 

The body is longer than the MKI version as it uses the correct br3 boiler etc from the 73xxx.

 

In reality I should have shortened the smokebox a wee bit but instead juggled the position of the whole body on the 8F chassis. The Bachmann cab is a tad longer than that on the weight drawing too.

 

My take is that had they been built they would have used as many common parts as possible ;)

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