Mystery loco starting to take shape
As mentioned the other day, I'm currently assembling a metal locomotive kit for an upcoming issue of Model Rail magazine (issue 197) and wondered if anyone can make a guess as to the prototype? The kit is coming together slowly but surely, with the frames completed and the bodyshell formed. The bonnet was quite tricky to shape correctly as it has a distinctive curved profile - being formed of nickel silver, it's not as easy to roll as brass.
Here's a tip, though - try annealing the metal by heating it up over a flame for a few minutes. It'll turn a funny colour but, once left to cool naturally, the metal will be slightly more pliable. I covered stuff like this in great detail in my latest book: Kit Building for Railway Modellers Volume 2, out now from bookstores, Amazon or direct from the publishers, Crowood.
So, any guesses on the prototype? Another clue: it's linked to an important anniversary this year...