W.P. Reid designed Class D30 4-4-0 loco and tender kit.
The masters for the lost wax castings are with our casting supplier. We hope to have some samples from these masters within two weeks. All the castings that would have been white metal items will now be supplied as lost wax brass items. That was the plan, it looks like the castings are going to ne a mixture of white metal and lost wax brass.
The lost wax castings for the NBR tender initially looked very nice. On assembly shrinkage proved to be a greater problem than anticipated. I am having to remake one of the masters to compensate for the accumulated shrinkage. Two pieces need to be 1.2mm longer.
There will be a choice of lost wax NBR springs and axleboxes or LNER springs and axleboxes. You will need to specify which which item you require when you order the kit. These lost wax brass castings aren't cheap so it's an either or situation in order to keep the cost down.
(See "D30 Loco kit" page for photo's of the boiler and smokebox)
© Peter Stanger 2015, all rights reserved. This is the first photo of our D30 loco built from our first test etches. we are particularly pleased by the way that the etched parts have assembled with no fettling required to achieve the results that you see in the photo. We have modelled all the parts that can be seen above the footplate significantly enhancing the detail under the boiler. The body features sliding cab windows but they can't be seen in this shot. The boiler and the smokebox wrapper will be pre-formed by us to ensure that these parts fit correctly .
All the slight errors that we found with the pre-production build have been corrected and we aren't expecting any unpleasant suprises with the first production etch. The chassis has the prototypical double frames around the bogie area and this means that the chassis is articulated. The bogie has 5° deflection either side of the chassis centreline built into the unit and well as 5° rotation around the pivot. This method enables the bogie to function more than adequately while maintaining the "no daylight" around the bogie wheels and the frames.
By making the prototypical bogie, bogie pivot assembly and front frames as a unit, this allows the bogie to be load bearing as well as compensated. We will be including the Reid early bogie with leaf spring compensation as well as the Chalmers bogie with lost wax castings to represent the individual coil springs. the compensation beams will be on the inside of the bogie and won't be visible from the side.
We are incuding both types of brake arrangement. The Westinghouse clasp brakes, centrally operated and the later steam braked conversion.
The loco footplate and boiler are available from an earlier etch and we have built the boiler and smokebox assembly. We have 3D modelled the boiler and smokebox assemblies and developed the etched shapes from that so we were pleased that these pieces actually fitted together perfectly. With a lot of "Daylight" under the front of the boiler, quite a lot of the Stephenson's, inside admission valve gear and motion brackets were visible between the frames. We are confident that we can successfully model these features. See "Prototypes Page" for photos of the boiler and smokebox.
We have the first pre-production etches for the Reid 4,235g tender first built in 1909 available. The tender is unusual in that the axle boxes fitted to the outer frames actually carry the tender's wheels and move vertically in the horn-blocks. This means that the wheels and axle-boxes can be fitted prototypically. Movement is controlled by compensation beams mounted on a sub chassis inside the outer frames. At the moment we are considering the best way of producing the special horn-blocks in quantity. We could have them machined by a trade supplier but this tends to be expensive due to having to order them by the thousand. We could have them produced as lost wax castings but again this will be expensive due to the amount that can be cast at one time and whether they would need to be finish machined afterwards anyway. If mould slippage isn't a problem then the white metal casting route may be the most commercially viable solution and has the added advantage of being a better bearing material than either machined or lost wax cast brass.
News Flash! One of our A5/1 kits built by a customer.
©T. Peacock 2013 all rights reserved. This image shows one of our A5/1 loco kits built and photographed by Tim Peacock.
©T. Peacock 2013 all rights reserved. This image shows the same loco photographed by Tim Peacock from the driver's side.
Now available fom 52F Models!
We have a limited supply of NER and LNER loco footsteps etched in 0.25mm Nickel silver. There are enough steps for on each fret for 1, Q6 1, G5, 1 J27, and 1J25 or J21 loco. The frets are piced at £3.00 each + £1.00 P&P. When ordered with one of our loco chassis or loco kits, carriage is post free.
Etched screw-link couplings for NER & LNER vacuum braked engines.
Each fret contains one pair of screw-link couplings (front and rear) as seen in the photo below. They are now on sale now at £1.50 per fret. These couplings aren't supplied with springs, you'll need to source your own springs. If ordering by post then a minimum order of five frets applies.
Cost for 5 frets including P&P is £8.30 (UK Mainland only).
Cheques should be made payable to "52F Models".
©Peter Stanger 2011, all rights reserved.This is our new etched screw-link coupling for use on vacuum braked engines with LNER Group Standard buffers. We have ammended the artwork to include NER screw-link coupling hooks for use with engines with vacuum brakes and NER pattern buffers. The coupling is made up from etched parts and the links are rivetted to the dummy screw using Ø0.45mm wire. This system is much stronger than existing couplings of this type and can be used to haul considerable loads without the risk of failure.
For small orders under £25.00 in value there is an additional charge of £1.00 if the items can be sent in a padded bag. A handling charge of £3.00 applies to orders that have to be sent in any kind of box. An example would be a Modified Gibson wheel set for the class C15 and C16 kits that weren't ordered with the appropriate kit. Chassis kits over £50.00 in value will now be sent by 2nd class, post free.