35018 'British India Line'

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markS&D
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35018 'British India Line'

Postby markS&D » Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:14 pm

As the title suggests, I would like to share with you, another project that I have been working on.

As great as the Hornby Rebuilt Merchant Navy model is, it is not possible at this stage to reproduce an accurate model of the prototype Rebuilt MN, 35018, without making some modifications to the Hornby model.

When 35018 was rebuilt in February 1956, it had certain features that made it differ from later rebuilds:

The mechanical lubricators were positioned further forward, the filler pipes to the front sander boxes were longer and angled away from the lubricators, the ejector pipe, had a curve positioned just in front of the nameplate, the water pipes on the fireman's side had 2 doglegs in them. There may be other differences, but these are the most obvious.

I wanted to make a model of the loco as it would have appeared in the first few months following rebuilding, with the 6000 gallon tender, and early emblem. By chance, I stumbled across a model of 35020 'Bibby Line' for sale, in mint display only condition, with the correct tender emblem.

As per my usual MN improvements, I turned to the excellent 'Albert Goodall' range of detail parts available from RT Models:
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In the above photo, you can see that I have already moved the mechanical lubricators further forward, and used some cast sandbox filler pipes, to alter the front sanders. as usual, on these models, I close couple the tender, fit cast MN ashpans, and fit cylinder draincock pipes, and add the loco - tender weather screen. An early attempt at reusing the Ejector pipe can be seen, which I was not satisfied with. I used brass rod, and added the curved section in front of the nameplate, which looked far better:
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As already mentioned, I have closed the gap between the loco and tender, and fitted the canopy:
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On the other side of the model, I moved the lubricators further forward, and fabricated the different water pipes from brass rod:
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A final shot of the model from the left:
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As can be seen, the model now needs a bit of tidying up around the ejector pipe area, and I am still waiting for the replacement nameplates and cabside numbers, from Modelmaster Jackson Evans despite ordering them 6 weeks ago!
My layout, only look if you are interested:

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Latest Video Link:

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Re: 35018 'British India Line'

Postby GeraldH » Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:10 am

Nice work, that's a lovely looking loco :) .
Gerald H - BNR Correspondent :)

My layout: http://www.newrailwaymodellers.co.uk/Fo ... hp?t=28854

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Re: 35018 'British India Line'

Postby Bigmet » Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:18 am

It's always interesting to see a portrait of a specific loco at a point in time. Those 'trench mortar' sandbox filler pipes really are very distinctive, and the variant pipe runs are a good differentiating feature.

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Re: 35018 'British India Line'

Postby markS&D » Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:31 pm

Thought I would post some pics of the finished loco with the proper nameplates and numbers fitted:
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My layout, only look if you are interested:

viewtopic.php?f=22&t=48422

Latest Video Link:

https://youtu.be/g5ytOK5FCZc

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Re: 35018 'British India Line'

Postby markS&D » Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:34 pm

For anyone interested, here are some layout shots, some of them are black and white to give the 1956 feel:
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My layout, only look if you are interested:

viewtopic.php?f=22&t=48422

Latest Video Link:

https://youtu.be/g5ytOK5FCZc


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