Finished unfinished

Posted on January 17, 2017. Filed under: Project progress |

One year on from “Unfinished projects”, 17/1/16, the part welded Stanier 4000 gallon tender for Black Five 44722 is ready for painting and lining, as noted in “December progress”. All the locos and tenders currently needing P & L attention are now in the Birmingham Paint Shop.

44695-tender-5-170102-dscn4425       4000 gallon part welded tender

Completion took only a couple of weeks, considerably helped by the ERSA RDS 80. A key motivator was the opportunity to include it in the paint shop delivery earlier this month. It will be painted with the later BR large totem, while 45473’s tender will have its large totem replaced with the lion-on-wheel small totem.

44695-tender-6-170102-dscn4426       Rear view

The tender is 60% to 70% scratch built, although the brass overlays for the part welded tank, the original castings and a few brass parts recovered from the Brassmasters kit as first assembled in 2001, make it seem less. The complete underframe and tank body shell were all fretted out from new, and the chassis was substantially re-worked with a new compensation system (as per the original kit) and with front/rear extensions to replace earlier tom foolery.

Why did I bother when a new kit would have saved a considerable amount of time? 45473’s tender made straight from the later nickel kit is a much neater and cleaner model. I think most of us hate to see our ambitions thwarted and I didn’t want this first attempt at serious modelling to be forgotten. If nothing else our hobby is about nostalgia, and not just for the prototype. I bought the kit off the manufacturer’s stand at Scaleforum almost a quarter of a century ago.

In the short term, this will give 45473 a choice of tenders and periods on Kyle of Sutherland and allow more variety in train photographs. In due course, when 44722 is ready, we might see a train of 9 or 10 coaches double-headed through Culrain in a 1950s Highland Summer.


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