Construction of a model Bulleid Light Pacific: West Country Class Locomotive No. 34008 Padstow
|24 Jun 2012||Finished Model|
Having sprayed the loco and tender with semi-gloss varnish and added crew to cab, the model was for all intents and purposes completed. Except for test running prior to it hauling my Devon Belle stock, as a recreation of the 1952 Devon Belle excursion to Dorchester, Dorset.
test running revealed the tradition problem of model Bulleids i.e.
leading wheels of the bogie fouling on the O/S cylinder drainpipes and
the pony truck fouling on the pipe-work below the cab, on curves just a
bit under 6 ft radius, resulting derailment. So, once again, back to the
drawing board - well almost. A realignment of the pipe-work above the
pony truck, some fairly major work on the bogie, and new O/S cylinder
drainpipes later Padstow was tried hauling my Devon Belle stock:-
Some final tweaks are necessary as Padstow was exhibiting surging, and its draw-hook and screw-link coupling need dirtying - perhaps a bit more dirtying of the MkII cylinder drainpipes as well!
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