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Manors Maketh Man......

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As some of you may know (gwrrob in particular) I'm a real fan of the GWR 78xx Manor Class and often request a photo of 7804 at work on ANTB.

 

Several years ago I had a go at detailing two of these Bachmann models which date back to prehistoric times Mainline days. In fairness Bachmann did give them one of their new split chassis back in the 1990's but these are prone to axle problems.

 

When I detailed my brace I modelled 7802 Bradley Manor and 7807 Compton Manor. Later on I sold 7807 which was the better of the two and gradually 7802's running qualities deteriorated resulting in the infamous waddle. She's been stored for a number of years and appears once in a while. Here's 7802 as she stands today:

 

20115334792_2136fd1bb3_b.jpg7802-29 ps by Mark Branson, on Flickr

 

Now with no imminent announcement of an up to date model that befits this class I've decided to bite the bullet and order a replacement set of driving wheels from Bachmann's service department. Hopefully all will be well and once the chassis is reassembled she'll run well once more.

 

If all goes to plan I'll totally revisit this loco and look at finishing adding details and improve the paint finish. When I initially did this model I didn't possess an airbrush. I'm planning on trying to bring up the depth of the green with some Kleer before weathering and sealing once more.

 

The chimney was replaced with one from DMR and is the correct pattern GWR version. I've also a David Geen screw reverser from the Malcolm Mitchell kit to add to the cab along with an ATC bell.

 

20129132411_c6d9775b74_b.jpg7802-29 ps2 by Mark Branson, on Flickr

 

Lets see where this goes though first before I get too carried away.

 

Out of interest does anyone know if the splasher beading and cab window surround would have been brass on this class of loco particularly after the war?

 

19502466783_d91098d1dd_b.jpg7802-29 ps1 by Mark Branson, on Flickr

 

More soon. Either good or bad news!

 

Cheers,

 

Mark

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Good to see you back posting again Mark.

 

And not that funny narrow gauge stuff either :laugh:

 

Hope it's good news...

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Good to see you back posting again Mark.

 

And not that funny narrow gauge stuff either :laugh:

 

Hope it's good news...

 

 

Thanks Pete ;)

 

Talking of that funny NG stuff!

 

20005471355_3ef743d40c_k.jpgPorthmadog 24-25 lyd ps by Mark Branson, on Flickr

 

:D

 

Cheers,

 

Mark

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Have you the website link to ordering a new chimney please Mark.Thanks for my layout mention.Did the Bachmann chimney come off easy enough.

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Have you the website link to ordering a new chimney please Mark.Thanks for my layout mention.Did the Bachmann chimney come off easy enough.

 

Hi Robin,

 

I believe DMR is now under the auspices of Phoenix-Precision but their website is having some sort of 'hissy fit' on my machine.  I'm not sure if they have the chimneys in stock but there is a contact box which may be worth a try.

 

The chimney if I remember correctly was removed with a razor saw then the surface was made ready for the replacement chimney.  I used Superglue to attach it.  At the moment it's loose because I hadn't put it on straight.  

 

If the chassis repairs go to plan then I'll get to work on the loco/tender.

 

Cheers,

 

Mark 

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I've emailed them for availability and will report back.

 

Hope they've got some. 

 

Look forwards to hearing how you get on.

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DMR products are being gradually added to the PP website when available in sufficient quantities.

 

Are they brass Mark ?

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