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The first five ‘Compounds, were designed by Johnson and built during 1902/3. Deeley succeeded Johnson and having made some modifications produced a furthur 40 during the four years between 1905/9. All the compounds up to this date had 7’ drivers. No furthur Compounds were built until Fowler, after reducing the driving wheels to 6’9” diameter, produced a furthur 150. Their handsome line, particularly in the red livery, has always endeared them to modellers.
This model was originally conceived as a spirit fired loco but several requests for another coal fired kit have encouraged us to think again. The result is the Dual Fuel option. The design has been modified to allow it to operate as a spirit or coal fired model. The change over between the two fuels taking about 10 minutes. If you want a nice relaxed run then set up the spirit burner. If you fancy the aroma of a coal fired loco and the challenge of firing a narrow box, then remove the burner and fit the grate and ash pan.
Our model represents the Deeley version. To ensure that the sprung suspension ca work effectively, the wheels are turned to 6’9” thereby allowing vertical clearance between the flanges and the boiler. For those of you modeling the LMS version they are spot on. If you are modelling the Midland version, then it represents a set of wheels that have been well used and re-profiled to the minimum diameter allowed before new tyres were shrunk on. The frames are laser cut steel, as are the coupling and the connecting rods. The sheet metal work is etched brass with all the components ready profiled with self jigging assembly tabs where possible and holes piloted.
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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