Hi all Time to get back to some modelling Members may have notice I’ve been a bit quiet recently on the Platform1 forum, this is due to having to look after my young wife Shelley as she has been undergoing treatment for Breast Cancer, diagnosed at the young age of 34 shes had a bit of a rocky time of it lately some good days bat a lot of bad along the way as chemo hit hard, the good news Re this, things are looking positive at the moment for full recovery This model came along at the right time to help with a bit of time out modelling, This is a model made by ETS in the Czech Republic its a O scale model of an Australian NSWGR 30 Class 4-6-4 tank loco, you may have seen a few photos of bobs similar model on his Australian outdoors thread. A big thanks to bob for alerting me to the model as had not seen any advertising of its availability I’m also up grading the model from tin plate toy style to a more detailed model. So follow along with some of the additions as I get back to enjoying some real modelling. To start with it looks like this a part tinplate part dicast model that’s designed for 3 Rail but has a 2 Rail version available Next as the model arrived specifically ordered without its old style couplers Numbered as 3019 this is pad printed on the tank With the loco finished in Red lined black livery, very cheap paint unfortunately it’s doesn’t apear to be a etch paint as you would expect on a metal model First thing was I needed to change the number The 3019 is ink Pad printed and this had unfortunately etched all the way to the metal so even after removal a Ghosting of the number could be seen even after sanding it back metal, you could see the etch of the 3019 in the base metal of the side tank a good amount of wet n dry sanding removed this befor it was given a few cotes of engine black Once all the modifications are done I will give the whole model a dulcote clear to even out the locos original Saturn black finish. Number Removed and side tanks were masked up along the lining and repainted with a flat black etch primer. Next choosing a number for the loco Number choice was 3039 a loco that worked on the Toronto line that is part of my Model Railway plans plus as the 30 tanks had about 6 different bunker styles had to find a number that had the correct bunker that could be represented by this model 3039 fitted with The correct stylebase bunker Numbers fitted and wheels painted as well as rods Bob has come up with a nice way of turning the flat rods to fluted that I will also use. First major modification was to the coal bunker as 3039 had a extended bunker with coal rails 3 extra above the plate section this was made up with some etch sheet off cut. Test fit Painted need some more coal now. Next was couplers and a new front buffer beam as the prototype has a timber overlay at the front. I decided to model this and fit new lost wax cast working buffers NSWGR loco buffers to the model along with Hook draw gear as the prototype were all hook draw gear only, I’ve not seen any photos of one that has Knuckles unlike the earlier 20 class that a few that were knuckle coupler fitted in later years. The timber used is balsa wood that has been treated with CA glue to harden/strengthen it Seen is the front hook sprung draw gear fitted, a raw buffer casting is seen in the photo. Both buffers installed and the train brake air line The buffer castings weren’t the best 1-5 hours each to cleans up drill out the centres, file the buffer shaft round etc cut away the sprue to allow fitting.