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Old 17-05-2018, 09:30 AM   #1
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Summat jogged my memory and I went to my stash where I discovered a Dapol plastic kit of a Schools Class loco. Its now on the workbench, pics to follow
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Old 17-05-2018, 10:41 PM   #2
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OK so made a start



Loads of flash and started nibbling off the moulded hand rail



Done the tender to get some parts out the way, the instructions aren't very clear grrr



One side rail removed

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Old 17-05-2018, 11:53 PM   #3
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If you can build the locomotive part in such a way that the wheels rotate nicely etc, you may be able to put a drive mechanism of some sort in the tender even if you may have to have some wheels as dummies which dont actually touch the rails. The tender drive mechanism would need to be one that had pickups on both sides of the wheels unless you made a different loco chassis and added metal type wheels.
Is nice to see the kit. I once made a kit like that. It was an Airfix 9F. (Dapol bought the moulds from Airfix). I wanted the loco to look a rust heap and I tried to make it look rusty. I didnt know in those days that one needs to add a dab of orange in with the brown here and there to represent rust. I was a teenager when I built it up. No, I wasn't successful in getting all those wheels to rotate!
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Mostly found with the dapol mold of the schools and several others the wheels do not quarter easily always need altering to work. Usually wheels on the loco are good enough to use, not so sure on finescale track
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Man, this is a horrible kit

Flash and gaps and unclear instructions. Raised detail that needs removing. The front bogie has no obvious method of fixing to the chassis unless they really do mean to put a pin up between the cross stays and let it wobble all over. I'm scratchbuilding a bracket. Oh well its giving me something to do.

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Its looking good!
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Old 26-06-2018, 09:29 PM   #7
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Update on this. Apart from nearly being slung out I don't think its gonna be much more than a static item. Nothing fits well enough to make the motion work properly without rebuilding it totally. And I'm really not convinced by this so called Maunsell green I bought...

I'm this close to sticking 'Southern Rail' on the side and having done with it


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I made one of those years ago. Used to double head it.

Green doesn’t look right does it.
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Its quite remarkable its still being manufactured given the toolings are approx 60 years old having been released by Kitmaster in the late 50s http://www.kitmaster.org.uk/Schools.htm
which then passed to Airfix
http://www.airfixrailways.co.uk/Schools.htm
Dapol are managing to make them today despite the age of the tooling by using a relatively soft plastic with the consequential issues you have found. Provided they are not priced crazily its better to buy a Airfix kit (and assuming its complete) off ebay rather than any of the Dapol plastic kits with the exception of the LMS / BR(MR) coaches which are unassembled RTR models although those too are from toolings that are now 40 years old.

Re the paint - might be worth giving it another cost, suspect the base colour of the plastic is having an effect on the appearance. If it matt then it would also probably benefit greatly from a gloss or satin coat of varnish.

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OK I give up grrr this is all its getting. Once again the con rod has dropped out and as you can see I can't be bothered to waste good wire and fittings replacing the hand rail. I suppose it will do as a static engine stashed away at the back of a shed lol.







Ha, I can't even be bothered to take decent photos....

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