GWR Armstrong class 4-4-0 no. 8 Gooch as running between 1903 to 1905

GWR Armstrong class 4-4-0 no. 8 Gooch as running between 1903 to 1905
GWR Armstrong class 4-4-0 no. 8 Gooch as running between 1903 to 1905. This model was what I call a “basket case”. One of the superb Modern Outline Kits. There could be many of these kits around, where the original buyer/builder has bitten off more than he can chew, realising the complexity of this kit is beyond his skills. Probably placed in a wardrobe waiting for him to build his confidence to give it another go.
It has now been completed by myself to a smooth running condition, and painted by Warren Haywood. Slightly different to other MOK Armstrong class models on these pages. Notice fenders on the tender sides, not coal rails. Lamp irons, not lamp sockets. Different clack valves. All features as seen on archive photos of the prototype. Driven by a Portescap RG7 motor/gear unit. Unfortunately the crankshaft and connecting rods were missing/lost before I acquired the model, so, although it does have slide bars and crossheads, there is nothing there to drive them.
The descriptive notes above explain why I can afford to offer this lovely model for sale at roughly half the price that I have sold similar models to this of top quality. It is not a perfectly built model. Don’t expect it to negotiate tight curves or to pull heavy loads, but it has been built square and true and is very good value for money for one of these magnificent MOK Armstrong class models.

 

BR (ex LNER) Gresley A3 class Pacific no. 60093 Coronach

BR (ex LNER) Gresley A3 class Pacific no. 60093 Coronach
BR (ex LNER) Gresley A3 class Pacific no. 60093 Coronach. Very well built from the DJH kit, with Slaters wheels and a chain driven motor and gear unit, she runs as smooth as a Rolls Royce. 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”. 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. When back home, I stripped the loco down and the paintwork was stripped. Now fully rebuilt and with superb quality paintwork by Warren Haywood, doesn’t she look good? A chance well worth taking.

BR(WR) Hall class 4-6-0 no. 4983 Albert Hall

BR(WR) Hall class 4-6-0 no. 4983 Albert Hall. A model bought from auction last January (2023). This was not the loco that I wanted. The need to view the models available meant an early start and a long 3 hour trip North for a 9am viewing. There was a Masterpiece Models Castle class available, but someone else wanted it more than I did. But fortunately this Hall was also available and not getting the Castle meant that I was to be heading back home with my second choice. How lucky was I? Because this Martin Finney kit built model has been superbly built, with cast iron wheels on telescopic axles, the quartering secured by tapered pins. An MSC motor/gear unit and power collection by the American method. The original painting was quite good, but the lining applied by transfers was not good. So that has all been stripped, no remedial or repair work needed, and I have just collected it back from Warren Haywood, where he has made a superb job of a repaint. Albert also runs very well with no issues needing to be corrected. So a second choice Hall, not a first choice Castle, but at a total cost of a third of what the Castle would have cost me at that auction. Lucky me. This lovely model is for sale. If interested see the “Models for sale” section of this website.

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/

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.

LSWR Adams 380 class 4-4-0 no. 381

LSWR Steamroller 381
LSWR Steamroller 381
LSWR 380 class 4-4-0 no. 381. This class of 12 locomotives were the first tender locos designed by William Adams. They were built by Beyer Peacock & Co. at the Gorton Foundry, Manchester in 1879. Dubbed “Steamrollers” by reason of their disc bogie wheels and stovepipe chimneys. When built, Beatties’  umber passenger livery was used, with green and orange lining and with the London and South Western Railway Co. crest above the brass numbers on the cab side. From about 1885 they were repainted into the Adams mixed traffic loco livery of Holly green with black borders, edged by a fine bright green line.
This old but accurate model was built in 1955 to a high standard, from scratch by the Rob Dettmar/John Hart (who also produced the RM and early JH motor/gears) partnership. She is still mechanically very good. The original RM 3 pole motor, no. 577, gears and flywheel are smooth and quiet and move the model swiftly and elegantly. The wheels are good quality cast iron, verging on the coarse side of finescale. Since originally listed, she has been stripped of her original paint, which had turned very dark and the finish had deteriorated with age. Now expertly re-painted in the mixed traffic livery described above by Warren Haywood. She was also renumbered from her original 382 at the same time. For a press cutting which shows a photo of this model look for R.G.Dettmar & Co. in the following link https://www.milbromodelrailways.co.uk/vintagelocos.html

LMS (ex Highland Railway) Jones Tank no.15010

Jones tank

Jones tank
LMS (ex Highland Railway) Jones Tank no.15010. Built from the Shedmaster models kit. The model bought from a friend as a good working build but with a basic plain red paint job. Refurbished and additional detail added by myself, before renumbering and  painted lining being added, thanks to John Cockcroft.

The model runs very well. It is one of my personal favorites and the one that I go to if I need to test for any track problems. It has an ABC motor/gear unit and wiper current collection from the four driving wheels and the rear pair of bogie wheels. It has been very well built by a person who it is clear was a very accomplished model maker. The rear axle is allowed to move vertically in hornblocks and guides, the front driven axle is fixed. The loco negotiates 6 foot radius curves without derailment or shorting problems.