As is my wont, I am batch building again, this time two GWR Metros (amongst other things). Another blast from the past: back in the day, M&L Leisure sold a discounted pack of 2 kits a couple of which I acquired. The 633 kit in the header photo became surplus to requirements but it has donated some of its contents to this (re)build of a Wills Metro - mainly the bunker - hence its inclusion in the header. The 850 is in the roundtoit pile
These are the etches for the Rod Neep kit. The chassis has been built since this photo. They are dated 1986
But I am starting with rebuilding my Wills kit. The tank sides broke of from the front valance when I dismantled it. (can't remember when that was!)
Edit: you can see that I've filed off the rivets on the right hand tank side to be replaced later.
I srcatch built a new footplate based on the Neep one as a template and, having fitted the front and rear buffer beams, I then decided it needed some rivets which was a bit back to front:
The Wills kit is designed around the extended later bunker so the ends needed shortening as marked on the pic
Soldered to footplate with bunker plonked on to check along with the cab front in progress.
Now to the boiler which needed rolling (this from Nickel Silver). Again the Neep kit providing a handy template
Held in position with screws. In the meantime both the chassis completed, the guard irons being the last bit to be added.
and chimney attached:
Currently the chassis and wheels are in the paint shop before final assembly.
Edited by Brassey
Added note re rivets on tanks sides