Here’s one from 2001 that’s still unfinished. Why is it taking so long?
An early tender attempt
This was my first soldering project, based on a Brassmasters kit. I found the compensation instructions difficult to follow, I didn’t know what to do about the tender tank overlays, and I had little prototype information.
Later, in 2004, I took it apart and made a fresh start.
New scratch underframe
I modelled some nice detail, but the design was flawed. The Brassmasters tender was in three parts: tank body, underframe and inside chassis. I was now trying to make the tank body and underframe as a single unit. Unfortunately, the tank body and some other vital parts were destroyed beyond use in the previous dismantling, and I didn’t know what to do next.
Having decided to model Black five 44722 paired with a Stanier part welded tender, I bought the tender add-on kit in 2005. This came with flat etched tender side overlays, which needed bending to form the turn-in along the top. The project lay dormant until this year, by which time I’d made, or part-made, four more tenders. One of them, the second Caley Coaches kit I assembled, involved a new scratch body to increase the height, as well as rounded corners. This gave me the motivation to return to 44722’s tender.
One final push in 2016?
The key to project success for me is having the experience to know what to do under trying circumstances, and having the right tools and knowing how to use them. A vee block and rubber mallet increased my metal forming capabilities substantially.
This time I’m going to finish 44722’s tender. I hope.