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Through the Bay of E I have acquired another Craftsman Midland 0-4-4T 1P kit for a good price, slightly less than the one which started this thread. It's a round top version so should go well with stable mates 1303 and 1424. I've also got a bid in for an M7 chassis to go under a CDC Design "Stanier" 1P so wish me luck. I think I have the beginnings of a complex for 0-4-4 tanks!

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I won the M7. I was in for two but luckily was outbid on the second, I didn't want two. I have ordered an LMS 2P 0-4-4 tank body from CDC Designs. Both should be here by the end of the week.

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The Craftsman 0-4-4T 1P was delivered this morning and I had completely forgotten there were wheels with the kit, so am well-please with the purchase price. The kit is different from the Craftsman Belpaire version as the footplate and tanks are white metal whereas the Belpaires are brass so hopefully less weight will need to added. Just need High Level Kits to get on track with gearbox orders.

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The Hornby M7 arrived today and was matched with the CDC Designs 2P body this afternoon. A couple of repairs were carried out on the chassis first - a broken wire to the bogie pick-up wipers and the peg which held the bogie in place had sheered off. The sand pipes to the front wheels were missing too. The wheels were painted black. The brake rodding is incorrect and will be sorted. The body paint finish is very matt and I might respray with Halford's Matt Black just to get a slight sheen. Here is the unliveried 2P with its 1P predecessor. The lamp irons might get replaced as they are very thick, as is the front smokebox handrail.

 

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If anybody wants a cheap Southern Railway M7 body please PM me.

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Another Craftsman 1P turned up a couple of days ago. It was ready built with wheels, motor and gearbox and was on eBay. At less than 100 notes I thought I had a bargain. It was advertised as working but needed attention. On my DC test track it stuttered along. Wheels were dirty and the one-sided current nickel silver wipers were so stiff they acted as brakes. The worm and gear had grub screws so all was disassembled and lubricated. The wipers were removed and will be replaced with phosphor bronze. The axles and crank pins were lubed and all ran well with the motor terminals connected to the controller. The model was back heavy and on turning the superstructure over the bunker had been filled with lead. The only way to get some of it out was to use a succession of different sized drill bits in my electric drill. Quite a bit was removed.

 

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There's now room for a slim sugar cube speaker. Lead was put in every spare forward space as possible.

 

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A piece of Plastikard was glued between the frames - a good base for the pickup wipers.

 

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Strips of lead were glued to the top side of the plastic.

 

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At least the engine now balances on its drivers.

 

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Somebody has gone to a lot of trouble to make a back-head. When designed, the motor would have come into the cab.

 

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Next to fit wipers, a paint job and order a decoder.

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New wipers have been fitted and extra vac pipes as the loco is motor-fitted. The body was primed and sprayed Halford's matt black this afternoon and just needs the sandpipes fitting and livery applying. Here she is with big sister 2P which I am going to respray as it's very matt.

 

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A decoder arrived for the 2P 0-4-4 Tank. I chose the Webb Coal Tank for the sound as it had more "go" about it than the 1P. First though I got to work on replacing the brake gear.

Left-hand side.

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Righ-hand.

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It's not right as the brake cylinder and sand box should be the other way round, but there was no way I was going to take the sand box off.

The decoder was fitted to one tank after a printed shelf had been removed. Five tantalums were fitted in the other tank, no need to remove the shelf this side. The sugar cube speaker is in the bunker.

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Livery applied and brake gear painted underframe dirt. At some point I will try to line it. 6406 didn't arrive at Buxton until BR days as 41406 for the Millers Dale shuttle.

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