Well progress on Ivatt based projects continues.
Recently I've been lucky enough to pick up a few mint used Ivatt's in LMS livery around the £35-40 mark off off a well known auction site . I've three on the work bench at present which will become Kettering and Darlington lined examples respectively and Cambridge's 46466 which is another Darlington built prototype in late 1950's-early 1960's unlined black with late crest when allocated to 31A..
Unlike the initial Crewe and later built Swindon examples the Darlington Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0's had a taller chimney fitted. 247 Developments can supply a nicely cast white metal example for this.
A pair of Xuron track cutters removed most of the the original Bachmann moulding. The remainder was cleaned up and made good using a scalpel and sanding sticks. The 247 Developments replacement was glued into place super glue. Looking at the pictures there appears to be a forward 'wonk on' along with a 'jaunty' angle to the chimney which is a my doing and not noticeable from normal viewing distances.
The original numbers and LMS logos where removed from the donor loco using Humbrol enamel thinners. I then masked off the respective cab and tender side panels with Tamiya masking tape. Tamiya black was applied with my trusty Expo airbrush thinned with Halfords windscreen wash. Valejo gloss varnish was then sprayed over this to give a good base for the Fox waterslide transfers to adhere too.
Here's the finished example awaiting final weathering. The smoke box,cab and tender roof have been sprayed with Tamiya NATO black. They have received a dry brushing of Games Work Shop Gun Metal (Leadbelcher) to bring out the raised detail. Valejo satin varnish was then applied to bring things together nicely.
All the decals are by Fox and are to the usual excellent standard. Crew are the ubiquitous Airfix/Dapol figures painted by yours truly.
I've a few tweaks to add to the weathering however I want a clean looking ex-works loco as per the photo I'm working from of the loco at Peterborough in 1958.
More Ivatt Interludes to come....
Happy New Year.