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:
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.
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?
More soon. Either good or bad news!