Construction of a model Bulleid Light Pacific: West Country Class Locomotive No. 34008 Padstow

2 Oct 2010 Body phase 1  

'Here's one I made earlier' - the target is to produce something a lot better than this!

In order to complete the chassis, a start needed to be made on the body. Principally, the parts that attach the body to the chassis need to be mated in order that the ash pans may be positioned such that they don't interfere with the pony truck's swing.

The above photo shows two (fundamental) brass etchings / plates attached to the chassis, and (below) some of the body etchings - a notable absence is the top casing. Note the body is built-up on these two parts, which are attached by screws to the chassis, allowing removal. I've used a different place for the forward attachment point, as the etched hole is in-line with the bogie pivot / attachment screw - I've elected to separate these functions i.e. have two screws thereby allowing running of the chassis without the body. Note I've reinforced the plate in the area of the motor and gearbox using 1/8" angle as I shall be increasing the openings. I may open-up an area between the forward mounting and the smoke-box front, as well.

I've yet to solder the two plates together to form a solid unit for the body to be constructed on. Where they meet requires some serious reinforcing, contrary to the kit instructions!

Close-up of the scribed lines for aligning the body and chassis. Note the top portion to the right of the scribed line
 is the front footplate of the loco and is the only portion of these plates that will be visible.

Just obvious in the above photo is a scribed line used to position the (longer) forward part on the chassis; line marks the leading edge of the cylinders. The line also marks the front of the smoke-box and the upper leading edge of the side casing. (The lower leading edge of the side casing was used to determine the position of the scribed line - see upper photo.) With the front part fixed, the combined length of the side casing and the cab side provides a means of correctly positioning the rear part, prior to soldering the two parts together. Although not very obvious, it can be seen that the etchings for the cylinder's front and rear are a little too wide. They should be flush with the bent-down sides of the forward part, as the cylinder covers need to be flush with the side casing. So that's (yet) another job outstanding on the chassis, and a not very easy one at that!


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