54495 is rolling along nicely.
Soon be ready?
There’s plate work to be fashioned and numerous small details to be added. The smokebox and boiler can be separately removed, which has made the overall work much easier, especially sorting the clearances between the chassis and the footplate. Consequently, 54495’s very free, compensated rolling chassis nicely fits the body.
54495’s tender was originally made some time ago with higher sides than those provided in the kit. Subsequently, I painted it in well-worn, early 1950s condition and paired it with 54458. The second tender, which still awaits a taller nickel tank, will be painted in fully lined BR livery to go with 54495.
And right back at the beginning of the month at the Autumn Model Railway Weekend at Missenden I finished the tree module intended to fill the gap front centre of the layout, as in last month’s progress post.