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In 1911 G.J.Churchward took his 3150 class Prairie loco as the basis of a new design of 2-6-0. The first nineteen were produced using the shallow Dean cab used on the County class. A distinctive feature of this new 43xx class was the elongated centre middle splasher on the right hand side. There followed several modifications through the 53xx, 63xx, and 73xx classes. In 1932 Collett produced the final version to which he added side windows to the cab and outside steam pipes. An attempt to summarise the variations to assist in choosing your version, is covered in the enclosed leaflet. The family of locos developed from No. 4301 numbered some 342. They were used on perishables, milk and livestock trains as well as passengers in the south west and in later years on the Cambrian Railway. In 1936 one hundred of the class were withdrawn and dismantled to provide motion parts for the new Manor and Grange classes. There are two preserved examples, one Churchward at Didcot, the other, by Collett, on the Severn Valley Railway.
Our kits will cover all the Churchward versions except the first twenty short cab type. We can also supply the Collett version. There will also be a range of parts available to cover the refits and post production modifications. These models will all be spirit fired with hand and axle driven pumps. The locos will be sprung. The Churchward 3500 gal tender will be standard.
THE MODEL MAKERS KIT
These kits produced for those whose machining facilities or skills are limited or whose modelling time is at a premium.
The boiler is built, tested and certified. The cylinder units come as a ‘loose assembly’ with pistons and valves in place ready for you carry out the final assembly and seal it up. Items such as hand and axlepump bodies are pre assembled. The kit includes laser cut steel items, etched brass components, all machining done, pressure gauge, screws, nuts, rivets, ‘O’ ring seals, springs etc. to complete the assembly.
You will require a bench and vice, some hand tools, a drilling facility (which could be an electric drill on a stand) and a small gas torch for soldering. The work includes bending sheet metal, drilling piloted holes out to size, tapping threads in holes ( in many cases nuts could be used instead), soft and hard ( silver) soldering of small items.
The model making hobby is littered with part built projects which have been abandoned because the modeller has hit a problem. Included in the price are two hours of our time, a ‘get out of trouble’ service. It could be advice on the phone, a practical soldering training session in our works, correcting a mishap or setting valve timing. Apart from phone calls, a modest charge will be made for time spent over your two hours.
We can also supply replacements for individual components providing they are returned for us to identify. For etched items there will be charge depending on the size. Whitemetal returned with stamped addressed packing are free. Laser cut steel may be a problem as there are minimum order quantities involved and we shall only order a limited number of spares.
The Construction Guide comprises over 30 pages of photographs, exploded diagrams produced on 3D CAD and text, together with identification diagrams and drawings. It takes you through each stage, including jigs and methods, settings and adjustments, finishing with operation and use.
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