GWR Dean 517 class 0-4-2T no. 524

GWR Dean 517 class 0-4-2T no. 524
GWR Dean 517 class 0-4-2T no. 524.This lovely little model has been very well built by a Mr.Slater, from the superb Malcolm Mitchell kit with Slaters wheels, a Portescap RG7 motor and gear unit and a representation of inside valve gear and slidebars. Power collection is by wiper pick-ups to all wheels and she runs very smoothly indeed. When bought, the model carried damage to the bunker. So since purchase, I have stripped the original paint, which was by non-other than Alan Brackenborough (what a shame to have to strip off his wonderful work), removed the damaged bunker and replaced with new. The loco chassis wasn’t damaged so still carries the Brackenborough paint. Warren Haywood produced the new paintwork, matching superbly the new with the existing. Now this little loco again has the quality of paintwork that befits it’s quality of build and parts.

BR (ex LMS) Stanier class 5MT 4-6-0 no. 45299

BR (ex LMS) Stanier class 5MT 4-6-0 no. 45299
BR (ex LMS) Stanier class 5MT 4-6-0 no. 45299. A model bought recently from an auction in Cumbria. A chancy on-line buy. From the two photos on the auction web-site it looked to be fairly well built, but it’s original paintwork looked “play worn” to say the least. On collection (I was on holiday in Cumbria at the time) when I could hold it and feel the build quality, I was well pleased. The model has been built from the Tower Models kit, (construction methods very similar to a DJH kit) with Slaters wheels, a DJH chain driven gear and motor unit and power collection by the American method. The wheels and motion were very free running when turned by fingers, unusual for a gear unit of this type, I thought? Yes the chain was broken. Not so good, but at least I was satisfied that the Walchearts valve gear was robust and should work well under power. When back home, I stripped the loco down, the paintwork was stripped and a new Slaters GB40L gear and motor unit has been fitted. Now fully rebuilt and with superb quality paintwork by Warren Haywood, doesn’t she look good? I particularly like how he has achieved the change of paint finish texture on the smokebox. Warren’s choice of words for it during painting “this black 5 is an absolute belter, as good as I have seen from a DJH model”. A chance well worth taking.

BR (ex GNR) Gresley A3 class 4-6-2 no. 60102 Sir Frederick Banbury

BR (ex GNR) Gresley A3 class 4-6-2 no. 60102 Sir Frederick Banbury
BR (ex GNR) Gresley A3 class 4-6-2 no. 60102 Sir Frederick Banbury. The loco chassis of this model was built by the late Wally West, using top quality cast metal wheels by Allan Harris (AGH). Wally part-built three Gresley Pacifics at the same time. Great Northern and Robert the Devil have been completed for some time and appear elsewhere on the pages of this website. The loco body that this chassis was intended for (we believe it was to be an A4) was never completed. The skeleton of an A4 streamlined casing was found after Wally’s passing and putting two and two together that skeleton and this chassis was as far as Wally got with his A4. I was asked by the West family to sell any unfinished models, but the quality of workmanship is so good on this chassis, I couldn’t resist buying it for myself. By coincidence, I already had a Martin Finney part built A3 kit, which was in a right old mess, especially the chassis. The body and tender were recoverable however and I have married the three units together and this is the result. Fabulous paintwork by Warren Haywood. Gear and motor unit by ABC.

The full size loco was built by the Great Northern Railway in 1922 as their second Pacific and soon after it was named after the Chairman of the company. Modelled in BR days, it was a long time GC line loco, being allocated to Leicester GC, Neasden, after modification to right hand drive, Leicester GC again, then in 1957 it went to Kings Cross, Doncaster, Grantham, then KX again before withdrawal in 1961. A famous loco, it should have been preserved, as the only original GNR Pacific.

BR(ER) Gresley A3 class Pacific no. 60036 Colombo

BR(ER) Gresley A3 class Pacific no. 60036 Colombo. Very well built from the Martin Finney kit with an ABC motor/gear unit, Slaters wheels, plunger pick-ups on the loco with additional current collection from the tender. This is another of my recent auction buys. It was originally well painted in BR green as Night Hawk, but the style of tender was not historically accurate for a loco in that livery. In the early 1950’s tenders of this style had the front end rebuilt and I could not be sure that any A3’s with the later green livery had the earlier un-rebuilt  tender. That is the reason why I made the difficult decision to strip the original paint, made a few repairs and had it repainted and weathered by Warren Haywood in the earlier blue livery. In my opinion he has made a fabulous job of it. In the near future I will have another Finney A3, Sir Frederick Banbury, on these pages, that has the rebuilt tender to make a comparison.

This fabulous model is for sale. If interested please refer to the following link https://www.7mmloco.co.uk/product/brer-gresley-a3-class-pacific-no-60036-colombo/

Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Aspinal class 11 0-6-0 no. 1195

Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Aspinal class 11 0-6-0 no. 1195

A model built from scratch by a person unknown. Recently acquired, without prior viewing, from an on-line auction. It was described as just “very good build, requires painting etc.” and I must congratulate the auction house for an accurate description. From the image in the auction catalogue I was immediately impressed with the quality of workmanship. It has good quality cast iron wheels with insulated split axles which run in sprung hornblocks. The motor and gears (plastic!) unit, the like of which I have never seen before, is efficient and quiet and if it stays like that there will be no need to replace it. For my own personal taste I have made some additions and refinements, for instance replacement of the smokebox door, piano front cover, reversing lever, safety valves, the addition of lamp irons, whistle actuating lever and pull, tender brakes and toolboxes. To fill the gap between the frames and below the boiler I have added a representation of static valve gear. The model has now been painted by Warren Haywood in the fully lined L&YR livery of the early 1900’s that this well built model deserves. The original builder has probably passed away now, but if only he could see it I hope he will be impressed. A risky buy that I think has paid off nicely. The model is for sale, see the models for sale page of this website.

BR(MR) Princess Coronation class Pacific no. 46256 Sir William A. Stanier F.R.S.

BR(MR) Princess Coronation class Pacific no. 46256 Sir William A. Stanier F.R.S. Extremely well built and detailed, from the David Andrews kit by John Taylor of Halifax. AGH (Alan Harris) cast wheels (note the hollow axles as per the real thing) and an ABC motor and gear unit. A very impressive model which I recently found in auction and have been lucky enough to acquire for my collection. When purchased, this model was painted in a light blue colour. Now I know the real 46256 was in blue livery between 1951 and 1954, but after living with this model for a few weeks I decided that the quality and colour of the paintwork was not up to the quality of the build, so I stripped it for a repaint and a visit to Warren Haywoods paintshop, and you see the result here. The LMS style crimson lake livery was applied to the real loco in May 1958. The model is portrayed with electric lighting (see the generator on the right side of the smokebox) which was removed mid 1959.

BR(ex LMS) Fowler Patriot class no. 45515 Caernarvon

BR(ex LMS) Fowler Patriot class no. 45515 Caernarvon

BR(M) Patriot class 4-6-0 no. 45515 Caernarvon. Extremely well built and detailed, the loco from the David Andrews kit and the tender from the John Maidment “Just Magic” kit, built by John Taylor of Halifax. Cast metal wheels and an ABC motor and gear unit. A very impressive model which I recently found in auction and have been lucky enough to acquire for my collection. Very unusual to see a model with one of the Stanier 3500 gallon high straight sided tenders. Only ten of these tenders were built and were originally used with new Jubilees 5607 through to 5616. 45515 used one of these tenders whilst shedded at Edge Hill between 1957 and 1958. Totally authentic, so a very rare model indeed. After living with this model as 45550 for a few weeks I decided that the original paintwork was not up to the quality of the build, so I stripped it for a repaint and a change of identity. Also whilst back in the brass, the beading around the edges of the tender sides and back was removed as it was thought to be to be of a too heavy section and replaced with a similar but lighter section. This well built model has now been repainted by Warren Haywood and in my opinion it’s new coat of paint matches the impressive build. This model is for sale, if interested in buying see the models for sale page of this website.

LNER (ex GNR) C12 class 4-4-2T no. 7367

LNER no. 7367
LNER (ex GNR) C12 class 4-4-2T no. 7367. A top quality model, believed to have been built from the Meteor models kit with many additional details. Built to scale 7 standards, with sprung hornblocks, fully working inside motion, Alan Harris (AGH) wheels and powered by an ABC motor and gears unit. Expertly painted and weathered by Colin Dowling (eastsidepilot.com) in the late 1940’s plain black livery. It was built on commission for the late Michael Brooks (the originator of Masterpiece Models) for use on his famous Monks Eleigh scale 7 layout. This model is for sale, if interested please see it in the models for sale section of this website.

LNWR Webb 5′-6″ 2-4-2T no. 338

LNWR 338
 LNWR Webb 5′-6″ 2-4-2T no. 338. This model has been built from the Mercian kit by Nigel Smith, with full and working Joy valve gear, giving excellent movement in the space between the frames and below the boiler. Painted to an exceptional standard by Ian Rathbone, it carries his little red nameplate below the running plate as provenance.This superb model is for sale. If interested in buying, see the models for sale https://www.7mmloco.co.uk/shop_new/page of this website.

LMS Stanier Jubilee class 4-6-0 no. 5703 Thunderer

LMS Stanier Jubilee class 4-6-0 no. 5703 Thunderer

LMS Stanier Jubilee class 4-6-0 no. 5703 Thunderer. Built from scratch by Michael Edge and carries his builders plates on the underside as provenance. The crimson lake paintwork, applied by a person unknown is superb and has no chips or damage. Portescap RG7 motor and gear unit. Bought from the O gauge Guild executors service as 5579 Punjab, but Punjab was never a long firebox Jubilee in LMS days, so we had it changed and thanks to John Cockcroft for making such a good job of it. This fabulous loco is for sale. See the models for sale section of this website.