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post 24 Jun 2020, 02:46
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Beautiful, Tony. I hope mine turns out even half as nicely as yours has.
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Anthony Richards
post 14 Oct 2020, 13:50
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Thanks for that comment.

Just for completeness, since the above photos were taken, the model has been dismantled to allow the chassis to be further modified to accept a Portescap motor and gearbox. It now runs more quietly and as originally intended. Fitting the Portescap was not easy as it was one of the older versions with the larger gearbox: a lot of metal needed removing!

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post 15 Oct 2020, 10:57
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Deserves the more refined drive you have now installed. The general use of at least two stage spur gear reduction drive trains in current RTR is I feel not as much appreciated as it might be. This was one of the 'secret' elements in better kit built models, that enabled smoother starts and stops and quieter operation: and now it is just 'thrown in' as part of the RTR package. The small incremental risk of a split spur gear, simply by reason of more of them in the mechanism is to my mind a worthwhile trade off for the gain in running refinement. (My advice. Run the RTR model for about 12hrs as early as possible after purchase to reveal any infant mortality, from this and other causes. If something fails and you are back to the retailer within a week, there's no argument over 'replace please', because it broke 'out of the box'.)

Back to the buffed up L1. The coal is very good, the shaping to show that the fireman has begun to draw down the front of the bunker, and the dangerous overspill of it on the rear deck for one of the crew to loose footing while attempting to drag the bag around. I have heard some interesting views from footplate crew about which was the better place when watering, on the stopcock wheel (trad. driver's role) where the glands might well be leaking badly, and water could shower down on you unpredicatably from leaks various; but then again in winter there might be a fire devil and a bit more shelter, and if you slipped and fell the ground was under your feet.

If we ever have shows again... Have this significantly updated L1 running on an exhibition layout, and use a clicker counter to record how many people ask versions of 'I really want one of those/where did you buy that/what make is that?'. You'll probably get a sore finger.
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Anthony Richards
post Yesterday, 07:29 PM
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Thank you for the kind comments. Regarding the coal load, I have never seen it modelled like that before but it seemed to me that that's what would have happened to the load after a score of busy miles. You are the only one who has noticed it! But that's not a worry!

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post Yesterday, 11:40 PM
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I have done something similar with a couple of locomotives in my collection, but I still have far too many steam locos with moulded plastic coal loads. One observation I made from checking photos and videos was that M7 0-4-4T locos often started off with a full coal load in the bunker, with several more lumps of coal on the cab roof.
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