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This is a call to anyone who has built the DJH Big Bertha Kit I have started to build the kit and am ready to add the break gear?

Has anyone else had the same question as it is very close to the rims of the wheels and I'm not sure if it is a good ideal to fit the break gear ?

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Can't help with the technical side but can anyone confirm that she was also known as "Big Emma" (or maybe "Big MR"!)?

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In one of Noch's history of the LMS in 3 volume books he mentions that the Banker was known as Big Bertha after the german gun (everything big was called Bertha after that!) and also known as Emma too probably after the radio phonetic for M being EMMA.
 

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I've built a number of DJH kits including the NSWGR AD60 Garrett and yes it is a good idea to fit the brake gear as the loco will look naked without it. What I usually do is file the brake shoes out a bit to give a bit more clearance from the tire and flange. I also usually fit a piece of brass rod the next size up to make the assembly a bit stiffer. Let me know how you go with this kit as I'm just about to order one myself as soon as I finish Duke of Gloucester.

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QUOTE (Peter_Harvey @ 21 Mar 2006, 07:29)This is a call to anyone who has built the DJH Big Bertha Kit I have started to build the kit and am ready to add the break gear?

Has anyone else had the same question as it is very close to the rims of the wheels and I'm not sure if it is a good ideal to fit the break gear ?

Peter Harvey
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