GW 850 class Pannier build

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  1. York Paul

    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi Toto, just checked 57 as a camera as you know very often picks up build faults, I am happy to say the boiler is aligned correctly, the boiler is a slot and tab onto the underside of the panniers and can only go on one way, the saddle aligns with the smokebox front plate which again meets the boiler and the ribbed footplate at the front via the fixing points. I'll check again and post up another picture from a head on angle.
     
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    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    And here again from the other side, next stop now is to dress the assembly with the whitemetal bits and bobs, I'll drill the smokebox door first and add in the handle, once that is on the grab rail can be formed and fitted. The front knob (medium size here ) also carries a lamp bracket... so a bit of fine in and out soldering with a hot iron tip will be called for again.

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    With the boiler separated from the footplate assembly we can see how the it all goes together with the holding down nut under the smokebox, hopefully this is a better camera angle with less distortion.

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    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Lovely,

    As I said .... probably the camera. It all looks nice and squared up. Spot on.



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    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    Thanks Toto, I've been working out a build plan for the rest of this year regarding what is realistic for me to achieve, so this little pannier will be done and the |Ivatt also, the Leek station and Birchall tunnel diorama is still very much in the planning phase... its a complex work and needs to be got right. Crack on with the Parcel Office scene and join the group 4F build but not necessarily in that order. :avatar:
     
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    Last job this evening was to epoxy glue some of the cleaned up white metal castings and the brass safety valve cover, because it is near impossible to sweat these items on since the design of the boiler and panniers prevent access to put a flame in from inside, also the boiler top is a lamination and I didn't want that coming adrift, so Araldite the pieces I did. Tomorrow I'll carry on dressing the body with all the tiny fiddly bits. The frames, footplate and boiler have been screwed up tight into position so that all the glued items can be fitted and checked for perpendicular, I'll solder the smokebox fall plate tomorrow and add the remaining the handrails and the buffers.

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    And the back shot view, still a bit of tweaking such as straightening that bunker grab rail but other than that we can see a nice little engine emerging. That's all for tonight folks. Enjoy.


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    I do love how archaic the early panniers looked. For years I've been in the process of cutting and shutting a Hornby 2721 to correct dimensions
     
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    That's the thing which drew my attention to this one Bazzmund, around Christmas I was looking for a six coupled tank kit which didn't cost the earth and was something a little different, the basic rugged "Victorian" appearance was the thing which sold it to me. This kit build was always going to be a back burner project tho.
     
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    I agree. The fact I do pre-grouping is a big selling point on this type. I have the locomotives illustrated which covers the pre 57XX Panniers. One that I do want to do one day is one of the 5 which received the short prototype panniers ala the 4-4-0 tank that the GWR built in the late 1890s (it actually ended it's mainline days sold to the Brecon and Merthyr railway and working the New Tredegar line which I now live on).
     
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    What I take out of this build is that I now see a place for two sorts of build / collections, one, my primary interests and two, locomotives that just appeal to me ... no real reason other that they are just interesting types. I was going to sell the Pannier to fund purchase of other kits but this little engine has shown me an alternative way forward, so I shall keep her and with the Adams New M class, a disparate collection of pre-grouping engines has started to form.
     
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    I like this kit. I built one some years ago. Your work looks very good. I found most fitted together very nicely.
    If I remember it came with dummy valve gear, are you fitting?
     

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