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.

GWR Bulldog class 4-4-0 no. 3352 Pendragon

GWR Bulldog class 4-4-0 no. 3352 Pendragon. This lovely model was built from the excellent Martin Finney kit by Norman Vickers of Geneva. The paintwork, notice the red inside frames, is by Norman also. Fully working inside motion, Alan Harris (AGH) wheels and an RG7 Portescap motor and gear unit compliment the superb specification. Fire irons, crew by Border Miniatures (painted by Mrs Vickers), even a superb rolled up storm sheet, add to the details. Four further photos of this model as it was built are also featured on the Gauge O Guild website, members gallery.

On the above image the model does show some flux splatter below the whistles, from where I had to solder back in place one of the whistles. This splatter has now been rinsed away, leaving no trace.

North British Railway class H Atlantic no. 881 Borderer

North British Railway class H Atlantic no. 881 Borderer
North British Railway class H Atlantic no. 881 Borderer. Built from the Ace Model Products kit by Mike Williams and this is what he has to say about the build and the kit on his website……..North British Railway Atlantic by ACE Products.  I was asked to build 2 of these locos, one as North British circa 1918 and the other as LNER circa 1932.  I elected to build them together.  The tenders were built first, using split axles, uninsulated wheels and a perspex block isolating the frames.  There was no information on the tender parts regarding tool boxes, water gauge, hand brake, etc.  this had to be sourced from elsewhere.The loco frames were made up and the driving wheels added to check for square, so far so good!  I then added the trailing wheels.  Even with the elongated slot the wheels were 5 mm above the rail head.  was this deliberate?  A cunning NBR plan to transfer weight to the coupled wheels?  No – just another problem to sort out.  That is how the build went on, problem after problem.  Some easy to solve, others more difficult.  The instructions are poor, with wrong information and page 3 doesn’t even apply to the NBR Atlantic!  I had to replace some of the etches, firebox and smoke box.  On the tender axle box castings the spring wasn’t in line with the box and had to be cut apart and fitted separately.  Parts of the build – the distinctive lubricator and the trailing axle brake gear are not even mentioned in the paperwork.  These had to be scratch built.This kit is very difficult to build, particularly in respect of the amount that has to be scratch built.  It is not a good advert for the ACE brand”.

What I can add is that even though the kit and the build has caused Mike massive problems, he has made a superb job. He has fitted an ABC motor and gear unit, which allows the model to run very freely and smoothly. Expertly painted by Paul Moore. See more photos of this model and more of Paul’s work on the 62C Models website, or on Paul’s flicker page.

Highland Railway David Jones Strath class 4-4-0 no. 91 Strathspey

Highland Railway David Jones Strath class 4-4-0 no. 91 Strathspey in Drummond’s 1st livery. Superbly built and painted by David Thompson from the Lochgorm etchings and Laurie Griffin castings, powered by an ABC motor/gear unit and wiper pick-ups on the loco driving wheels and on the tender wheels. A lovely model, found on Ebay, would you believe, just requiring a small and easy soldered repair to the tender coal rails.

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 (WR) Collett King class 4-6-0 no. 6007 King William III

BR (WR) Collett King class 4-6-0 no. 6007 King William III

BR (WR) Collett King class 4-6-0 no. 6007 King William III. This model is by Masterpiece Models and was constructed and painted in South Korea with DCC control with sound. The build quality and paint finish is second to none and the model, although second hand, is still in absolutely mint condition. The tender is fitted with a removable coal insert and fire irons. The cab has very realistic crew. Since photography the smokebox door has been fitted with an 81A (Old Oak Common) shedplate. This model is for sale. If interested see the Models for sale category of this website.

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 (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/