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Steel coupling rods – Midland 3F

We all seem to have our own little pet peeves in model making, one of mine is valve gear. Many years ago I was lucky enough to examine a couple of O’Gauge live steam loco’s built by the “Parkers” a… Continue Reading →

Tender body – Midland 3F

With the rolling chassis complete attention was turned to making up the tender body. The main tender body is a resin casting, the original casting supplied in the kit was the wrong one, a small 2500 gallon tender. This was despite the… Continue Reading →

Tender beginnings – Midland 3F

This series of posts is intended to document the build of a Midland 3F loco and tender as supplied by JLTRT. It is another loco that was photographed around Tewkesbury so was is one to add my fleet of locos. The… Continue Reading →

Siphon F – JLTRT bogies

As mentioned previously I wasn’t over happy with the white-metal cast bogies and then I saw a posting online about 9′ American bogies from JLTRT – so I had a look and decided to get a set. Basic Framework The kit… Continue Reading →

Siphon F – Metalmodels kit.

It seemed like a good idea at the time but the Siphon F doesn’t really fit into my region of modelling. However I’d just acquired a Resistance Soldering Unit (RSU) and decided that I’d need an etched brass kit to practice… Continue Reading →

4MT – fitting the boiler and firebox

The detailing on the boiler required some some 1/16th copper wire, I added the regulator valve, clack valves and pipework, washout plugs etc. The supplied castings are superb and very clean with very little if any fettling required before fitting. This… Continue Reading →

4MT – Coupling rods and fitting.

The next task in the instructions moved onto the coupling rods. Take care here as this is another situation where you need to have a good photograph of the loco that you want to model. The early build locos had fluted… Continue Reading →

4MT – Detailing the firebox

Another component to require a bit of detailing before all the bodywork is all assembled is the firebox. The instructions recommend drilling all the holes for the washout plugs, mud hole cover clamps, safety valves and top steam manifold. All lots… Continue Reading →

4MT – Finishing the tanks and bunker

Skinning the tanks The side skins for the tanks are half etched for the majority of the side so that the beading around the windows and along the top of the tanks is prominent. However this does mean that they… Continue Reading →

LMS/BR 12 Ton Glass Truck

Starting the chassis As a small break from loco building I decided to switch to building a MMP LMS/BR 12 Ton Glass Truck. For the simple reason it was advertised as a ScaleSeven kit so I was curious to see… Continue Reading →

4MT Valve gear part 2.

So continuing with the valve gear for the 4MT, the next job in the instructions was connecting the rotating arm with the expansion link. Now the instructions say to use nickel silver rod as pins and solder in place. However I like… Continue Reading →

4MT Starting the valve gear

Building the valve gear. In the instructions the motion building starts with the expansion link and radius arm so these are the bits supplied. They are all brass castings, two halves for the expansion link and cast radius arm. The… Continue Reading →

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