Friday, 16 October 2009
Victoria has a new home, courtesy of ABS Cases Company in London.
This is fellow 2mm modeller Alan (Midsomer Norton) Smith's business. See MRJ No 184 for Alan's layout article.
Alan has all manner of sophisticated machinery in his workshop to produce the goods, and excellent products they are too.
He has even produced a layout name board for us. See the photo.
Les of the Fence Houses team, was down south visiting his mother in Norfolk, and went on to Alan's place to collect not only Victoria's case, but some baseboard parts for his own planned layout of Hornsey Shed.
The case should keep Victoria nice and snug for her trip to the Oxford Expo next July. The other thirteen baseboards of the layout will not be getting the same VIP treatment as Victoria, but we hope to get them into a reasonable shape for viewing by the time of the show, Watch this space!
Sunday, 4 October 2009
The Black 5 was shown running in this latest state, complete with quite a few of the lost wax castings added (some temporarily) to the loco and tender for the event.
Various other alternative lost wax boiler fittings will be supplied with the kit.
The white metal one piece smokebox / boiler / firebox casting (again fitted temporarily until properly 'fettled' and cleaned up) gives the weight missing from my 9F with it's resin cast boiler, and is noticeable in the running, seeing to give the impression of the mass and weight of a larger scale loco (or am I just imagining it!)
If I say so myself, the running on the day matched the look of the kit shown here.
The next build, probably the longer wheel base Ivatt type, will form the basis of the instructions, which I now need to complete to finally finish off this kit for The Association.
The riveted tender shown here has the cruciform type of axlebox covers. There are alternative Timkin type covers available for the kit.