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  1. Lanarkshire do some buffers which look suspiciously like that type. Paul A.
  2. Some lovely builds here. Were there any parts in the CSP kit to allow 813 to be modelled in its original pre-GWR guise? IE original style bunker and safety valves? Paul A.
  3. Any chance of posting a photo of the sprues here Nick? Thanks Paul A.
  4. Mike A further loco here built from your etches. As you say, much better than "maturing" in a cupboard. 1880's Hunslet contractors ST (minus firebox, currently being painted). I've cheated here and there by incorporating a few bits from the MRJ Manning Wardle F class detailing pack, but I won't tell if you don't... Thanks again, Paul A.
  5. Thanks Mol and yes - a raised firebox as you say. I wouldn't like to say for certain but one can imagine that Hunslet locos of this size would have shared some components with the larger NG products from Jack Lane. Paul A.
  6. Hi All, A brief update on the 1880's Hunslet. The bottom half is nearing completion and all the soldering is done on the body. The eagle eyed will note that there's a backhead/firebox missing. This has been made removable for painting and can be slipped in (just!) after the rest of the loco is complete. All that is left once that has gone in is to affix a length of thin-walled tube from the top of the safety valve cover out through the roof. Much fun was had with slimming the captive nuts on the forward crankpins to give sufficient clearance b
  7. Thank you for sharing that with us Paul, a nice study of the loco Industrial loco aficionados will note there are several interesting features on display, not least the non-standard Hunslet worksplate, partial guard sheet over the leading driving wheel and the lack of conventional cylinder drain cocks. Paul A.
  8. @Corbs The loco is listed as having been scrapped in 1958 and there were few photographing industrial locos during this era in colour. It may be worth enquiring with the IRS as Ken Cooper was one of the few taking colour photographs at this time, and they hold his archive. Locos at Bilston were mostly yellow or black/dark green. Looking at B/W photos it's a fair assumption that this loco was yellow. I would lean more towards a light ochre for a more convincing livery/base for further work. Paul A.
  9. I can't see it happening this year personally, Peco need to focus on getting back on top of their core range which has suffered during the pandemic. Paul A.
  10. HE287 of 1883 VIGILANT is the oldest preserved standard gauge Hunslet loco and a cylinder size larger than this model. There's a few detail differences too, not least the cab which afforded much less protection for crews. Both would be considered "contractors type" locos though due to their lightweight design. Paul A.
  11. Hi All, Not much news on the layout to report, I've been distracted with stock again... This time it's an ancient 19th century 9'' cylinder Hunslet contractors loco. Several small 4-coupled locos built by Hunslet were acquired in the early years of Ironstone extraction by the pioneering James Pain Ltd. A bit of a departure for me, this won't be a model of a specific loco - but it is intended to complete it with a prototypical standard early Hunslet livery. The etches were designed by Mike Edge who built one of these for a client as HE304 of 188
  12. The livery of No.1203 THE EARL is based on her livery worn prior to scrapping at Mountain Ash in the 1970's. It was almost certainly delivered in the standard leaf green livery. As an aside, No.1456 was named "Margôt" prior to leaving Atlas Works and the polished handrails are a work of fiction, these being cast iron on the real thing. I suspect this error has arisen as they were picked out in works grey in the official works photograph, as were the frames. Paul A.
  13. A lovely model, great weathering too. I've built three of these Agenoria Avonsides (nowadays available from CSP) and I would rate them as one of the most straightforward and "buildable" industrial loco kits out there... Paul A.
  14. Hi All, Just a quick update to this thread - work is now progressing on a further six coupled Avonside loco. The appropriately named Avonside "Pilton" No.1832 of 1919 worked alongside AE 1972 "Stamford" until closure in 1969. This loco was of similar outline but with some detail differences including conventional cab, dumb buffers, three-part tank wrapper, steel cab floor, different front hand rail arrangement, earlier-style sandboxes etc. Of particular note is the safety valve/cover arrangement, which was of the earlier type seen on the curved-tank B4 cl
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