Brassmasters Duchess test build

Have any questions or tips and advice on how to build those bits that don't come ready made.
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Jim S-W
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Brassmasters Duchess test build

Postby Jim S-W » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:15 pm

Hi All

I am currently embarked on building a test build of the forthcoming Brassmasters Coronation or Duchess kit. Way before I got distracted with Brettell Road I always thought that if Brassmasters ever did a Duchess i would have a go at building one as 46235 'City of Birmingham'. Well now they are and so I am!

Of course its a personal opinion thing but I never really liked streamlined steam locos. While the Duchesses were a little more thoughtfully designed than the god awful GWR efforts I always thought they looked a bit like an upturned bath tub and have to admit the A4's did look a fair bit better. However with the streamlining taken off the Duchesses were 'it'. The steam locomotive version of the Concorde moment. To my eyes, at least, the pinnacle of steam loco perfection.

Anyway enough hero worship and on to the model. Starting with...

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The main sub-frames. The loco frames come in 3 sub sections related to the wheels. A driving wheel section, a pony truck section and a bogie section.

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The chassis upside down, test fitting the main coupling rods.

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The main frame with the brass overlays fitted.

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The front or bogie area sub-frame.

More to follow.

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Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

Postby Jim S-W » Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:03 pm

So progress continues on my Coronation build.

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The front frame is as far as I can go for the moment. (I don't have the cast bits for the loco yet. If you are wondering about the cylinders they are a separate sub assembly.

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No problems with the pony truck so far. The kit provides for both the earlier and later types. This is the later one.

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The bogie is compensated. As the bogie is the only part of the loco that traps the wheels in place I have used some old/rejected wagon wheels for the moment. I ideally only want to put wheels onto the axle once if I can.

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Without the wheels in the way.

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I couldn't resist a temporary mock up to see get a better feel for the loco. I've used a High Level Road runner + gearbox. The main drivers don't have their springs in place yet so its sitting a little off at the moment.

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Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

Postby Dad-1 » Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:33 am

I just don't know what to say other than

'Wow'

Certainly beyond my ability, just watching in wonder !!

Geoff T.
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Re: Brassmasters Duchess test build

Postby glencairn » Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:18 pm

Stunning!!

Modelling to the highest degree.

Well done.

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