Missenden Adventure – Part 1

Most years I attend the Missenden Railway Modellers Spring Weekend and have just returned from this year’s.  The weekends have some 70 or so railway modellers congregating for a residental retreat to both learn some new skills, enjoy the company and get some quality modelling time in.  The participants split between different groups depending what they wish to do; trackwork, weathering, painting/lining, DCC sound control, backscenes and, in my case, loco building.

In my case I started a new loco (of course…..), but not a Highland one.  This is a North Eastern 2-4-0 “Tenant” produced by Arthur Kimber.  I am building this for Tim & Julian for them to use on their layout, Benfieldside.  Thus it is going to be in EM, but I am going to put in clearances sufficent to convert it on to P4 if this ever takes my fancy, and it will be in NER green – so it should look rather fine.  Indeed, it should look a bit like this (:only hopefully at a higher resolution!):

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Slightly annoyingly, the kit was conceived to be built to P4, so instead of converting OO/EM kits to P4, I am converting a P4 kit to EM!!   However, at least it is all the same skills and cutting bits off to make them narrower, is easier than splicing them in!  One small departure has been to use some Markits wheels to act as some test track dummies for the build.  The idea is that they are capable of being taken on and off without damage, are not steel (so are not going to corrode) and also that they automatically quarter themselves.  This is they in the largely completed chassis (which is a rolling chassis, even if I have not yet fitted a motor).  Also of note is the valve gear (dummy, life is not long enogh to making working inside gear – and nor am I a good enough modeller!).  At present the slide bars and pistons are not yet fitted.

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Unlike Highland locos, the running plate and valancing has high swept up sections and really nice flowing curves.  This took quite a lot of care to form and I found it necessary to clamp both the front and rear in place initially, after the shape had been bent.  Once, however, one end was soldered in place, the second end need to be released so that the thermal expansion did not distort the running plate.

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There are more of these sweeping curves to the cab, which also give rise to some tense moments as it is formed.  So long as the folds are made at the right locations and around a former the curves formed quite well.  When this is added to the running plate, it starts to look like a locomotive.

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The boiler comes pre-rolled, with all of the cuts for the wheels and holes already formed.  The smokebox is a seperate part that is secured onto the boiler by a bolt and nut.  This is quite effective and may well be something that I mimic in the future.  The boiler does not come with boiler bands, so I will have some fun putting these on.  It also appears to be about 1/2mm too long, so some cutting and filing is going to occur.

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This is what it looks like with the boiler plonked on it (as I said, it is a bit too long so is not sitting down properly – however, it does look good and very different from anything the Highland had!

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Sorry if it looks a bit silly on its reduced size wheels!  This will get correctednearer the end of the build.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About highlandmiscellany

Just playing trains; my weekday life is a bit more serious though!

Posted on March 6, 2016, in Benfieldside, Workbench (stock) and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Mark

    You should have done a NER 0-6-0 of the 0398 Class or a BTP 0-4-4T, 15 examples of the first and at least one of the latter which ran on the Highland during WW1.

  2. Yes I know, but I would also have to deal with automatic gauge widening too. Whilst it has been done in Spain, it is not a step I fancy doing in 4mm………..

    See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_LFIUkcPNM or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8N7Ikw87tM&ebc=ANyPxKodEa9YVRURDk7FLKcVr7btu9rIDxpQe-AZT_Ymo33dn2d1fZT1PhYwB8mIZi1iU90FvjrKHtN4js1jv74zYM9jYL7q3w

    The 398 class does look rather nice though, a bit out of period for me but maybe one got left behind? It would work a treat on Benfieldside.

  3. What a lovely model. I’m inclined to do one purely as a ‘pet’ model.

  4. Hi fella that looks grand all that nice green paint we had mixed will make a very nice jacket

    We still haven’t solved Benfieldside’s signal problem but we have a cunning plan – which means we are still on course for novembers exhibition with your Tenant pulling some nice new NER coaches that Julian is about to build so there’s no pressure!!

  5. what else organising my good fellow

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