A lot more progress on the A4
first up the body, lots more fettling has been completed (although there is still a fair bit to go marked in red).
The lower fairings have been soldered in place, these were prepared by cutting and filing the original fairings to shape.
Some A1 models sprung buffers have been fitted to the front
Remaining body tasks include the pipe on the drivers side, a little more filler, and the cab roof detail.
I'm still not 100% happy with the body, and may well end up sourcing a replacement body kit.
Moving on to the chassis, the main frames have been soldered up (using the chassis square jig as a guide). The round spacers were screwed into place before soldering (and filing off the bolt heads).
The white metal parts have all been soldered into place, while the front bogie was prepared using Comet overlays (left over from a bogie for a Merchant Navy) soldered to an etched sub frame
Wheels have been painted LNER crimson, but still need a final coat plus some Matt varnish. Currently they have been temporarily fitted into position.
Testing the chassis showed an odd issue, the bars on the jig were set with the con rods so everything should be an exact match.
But when I test fitted them to the completed chassis there is tight spot. Meaning it will not run, not sure where to go with this.