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A potpourri of articles from a sporadic modeller.



7mm Loco building

4MT Boiler

Forming the boiler Whilst cleaning up the multitude of castings for the springs, hangers etc. for the chassis,  I thought I’d make a little progress on the bodywork so I’d get the feeling of getting somewhere. The bodywork initially is… Continue Reading →

4MT Cylinders

Moving on to the cylinders The cylinders are a fairly hefty brass castings, and the rest of the components, cylinder end covers etc are more nice castings. Thin overlays provide the etched detail for the cylinders, which means that the… Continue Reading →

4MT Rear Bogie

The rear bogie again is a mulitude of etchings and castings but it is all clearly covered in the instructions. There are 4 hefty castings for the axleboxes and this may be the only small problem if building the bogie… Continue Reading →

4MT Pony Truck

Building the front pony truck Whilst pondering the arrangement for the suspension I turned to building the front pony truck as another little self contained unit. First task to hand was to separate out all the components required, how many… Continue Reading →

4MT Chassis

After the ashpan the instructions start laying out the frames and the beam compensation. This is one of the small deviations I have made in the kit, preferring to go for sprung compensation in the form of Continuous Springy Beam… Continue Reading →

4MT the ashpan.

The instructions start with building the ashpan. This is a good little introduction to the tab and slot construction method used in the kit. So these are the 10 etchings required for the ashpan, which are fairly easy to assemble…. Continue Reading →

4MT the kit.

What’s in the box The kit is delivered in a rather plain un-assuming box, the first impression is the weight, it is heavy. Once opened you can see why, bags and bags of lost wax brass castings. There are 8 bags… Continue Reading →

4MT Research

Research material for the 4MT build. For any loco build it is imperative to get some good quality period photographs to work to. For many years I have had excellent service from The Transport Treasury. They have an ever expanding range… Continue Reading →

Jinty chassis build.

The kit as supplied will build a rigid 6 coupled chassis, however I prefer to build locos with some form of suspension. Although a rigid chassis seems the simplest option in my opinion it demands the greatest accuracy in the… Continue Reading →

Jinty Scale7 modifications

Required changes building in Scale7 Overall the kit was quite simple to convert to Scale7, there were a few minor changes required but nothing significant. This is list of the items that will need to be tweaked specifically for Scale7,… Continue Reading →

Jinty detail modifications

List of detailed modifications to the kit During the building of the kit I made a number of detailed modifications, some of them as a result of choosing a prototype that had the sandbox fillers on the top of the tanks,… Continue Reading →

Ivatt slide bars

In building the Ivatt Class 2 I came across the problem of attaching the slide bars to the motion bracket. I wanted some way for the slide bars to be easily separated from the motion bracket rather than soldering the… Continue Reading →

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