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When i left school back then i was lucky enough to enroll on an engineering apprenticeship. I think this lead me in good stead. I was always one of those children that pulled things apart but actually put them back together again. My first engine given to me at the age of Seven, a Triang Princess Elizabeth. The rest as they say is History. Later in life i got back in to Model Railways and started building Pine Road. This could lead anywhere so i hope you enjoy my Blog.

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Adams A12 (Jubilee) Class

Hi all.
Seeing that the 'BUG' is nearing completion, i was looking around for the next project.
The cupboard in my hallway holds many treasures, kits that i have picked up over the last few years.
A couple of years back i started an Adams A12 Jubilee class, for some reason it was returned to its box and put back in said cupboard.
Thinking it was time to have another look at this kit, i had completely forgotten how far i had got on the kit.

Returning to its contents, i had scratch built a new chassis for it, it had come with one of those chunky white metal offerings, resembling more like a yorkie bar than a chassis. Things have moved on somewhat since Nu-cast produced the kit.
That was a good start, i had something to be getting on with.

I was a bit hesitant as i wasn't sure that the A12's went as far west as Exmouth. As all my engine are from Exmouth shed around the 1930s i thought this might be a problem. 
We are safe, according to Bradley's bible, Exmouth shed had Four in 1932, 611, 640, 643 and 644. 640 was on carriage piloting duties at Oakhampton, 643 moved to Guildford in 1933. That leave us with 611and 644, 611 was withdrawn 11/1937 and 644 withdrawn 3/1946. I am drawn to No 611 but can i find a photo of either, no, of course not.
The original Chassis.
The Yorkie bar
 And here's the one i made earlier. Funny how you forget but i don't actually remember cutting this out DoH!
I have since made up some break gear for it using parts from a Mainly Trains etch, and made up a representation of the spring as Adams was fond of his cross beams i thought it needed a bit more detail. 
Adams A12 scratch built chassis
 We have progressed, the body went together extremely well, The footplate is in Four separate castings, Two sides and Two ends, never come across this arrangement before but went together ok. The front casting being slightly problematic. 
Adams A12 loco body

Adams A12

Adams A12 (Jubilee)
 Now, here's something new for me, its a tender, wow, my first tender. Martin Finney does a fabulous etch brass kit of these tenders but i just couldn't warrant the cost.
Trying to get this square....i swear one side is longer than the other!

Adams A12 Tender
  When you consider how old this kit is its quite a well detailed kit.
Plenty still to do.
Thanks for looking
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Monday, 19 August 2019

Drummonds's Bug. An update (2)

We are nearly there.
and it runs well but impossible to get it to run around anything less than a Three foot curve.

Drummond's 'BUG'

Drummond's 'BUG'

Drummond's 'BUG'
 She's.....(perhaps in this case i should say,) He's in SR livery, as painted by Eastleigh paint shop from 1932 when he was reinstated as 58.S.
Still a few details to add, windows etc but i am very pleased with him.    
Drummond's 'BUG'

Drummond's 'BUG'
Thanks for looking

Monday, 5 August 2019

Drummonds Bug, an update (1)

Time for an update on the bug.
But before a Photo, i found an interesting site with a lot of information, stories and anecdotes about the bug, previously, i think written by a Mr R J Alliott
Just go to the 'Resource' tab and then to 'Archives' and there are Two pdfs about the 'Bug'
Many Thanks to Mr R.J.Alliott for these notes.
I am in touch with them presently. 

Anyway, back to the model
Not a great deal to report other than its now in Primer.

Drummonds bug in primer