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I won these very rare 7mm kits on ebay about 5 years ago and was thinking about selling them on again because of the recent Dapol/lionheart RTR offerings.
But as granny once told me `never give up on a decent metal kit`.....and I think these are still good kits for their age. And they are complete kits except for paint and lining.

This what you get..........



  The instructions are virtually diagramatical with minimal written instructions so not a great help for an absolute beginner but the kit is broken down into easily achievable units and the parts are well designed.

The thick brass  sides come ready formed..... yippee ! but I could see that the recessed Guards dorrs would be the most awkward to build.... so I began with these to get them out of the way.



There are (thick) etched infills to be folded up and soldered in place....I considered annealing but decided against.................



 They were a bit if a fiddle to shape............

Next to assemble was the `recessed` door handles.

These are etched backplates to be soldered up with plenty of heat to enable the solder to flow evenly.




A bit of carefull soldering later and the most awkward assembly is completed.  I used a model filler to finish of the recessed doors.......







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Hi John,

Nice looking kit.

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Excellent work John.

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They look excellent so far John. I was recently queried about some RJH Gresley coaches but I couldn't comment because I didn't know that RJH had done any Gresley coaches.



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Thankyou all
I did`nt know that RJH produced LNER coach kits Bob but they are mentioned in the generic instructions.

I very much appreciate the design of this kit and have decided to upgrade the detailing from what is on offer from the 1980`s

Some time back I purchased some GWR door hinge frets from CPL models and these need a little fettling to fit the pre etched slots in the coach bodywork.





The kit is a composite assembly of brass sides and whitemetal ends plus a thin preformed tinned sheet metal roof, so quite a soldering challenge needing quality low melt solders and particular fluxes



There is more carefull soldering required to assemble the chassis solebar and buffer beams which can be built as a seperate module that is cleverly bolted to the coach end castings with a simple `hardboard` flooring.



The chassis trussing is an etch that requires folding to shape.... far too difficult for me to get right and so I have replaced with brass angle strip.


Other chassis parts were much easier to fold and these were included in the construction.....



Carefull soldering ensures  strong joins but making sure everything is square.......






Notice the sweat from my brow....... :shock:




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There has been steady but slow progress since completing the Pannier Tank Engine.
I have continued to enhance these coach kits with CPL products by moving on to detailing the coach ends.




I then got down to preparing the rather nice underframe parts supplied with the kits.



Also, the white metal bogies were assembled and fitted to the underflooring.

 


....... then push on with the detailing........




...... note the use of PCB strips for the footboards........................









This week has seen the final cantrail and roof detailing  and the fitting


 of the  vac pipes and centre close coupling......












..... there`s always an annoying `sticky` buffer spring ............








so...... that`s enough detailing prior to a thorough clean up and then etch 


priming before applying the GWR 1930`s livery.






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Looks very impressive - great work ! :thumbs



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I'm impressed John - not only because it's a great looking coach but also because I know it would be way beyond my capabilities .........................

How will you do the glazing  - or is it an "al fresco" coach ?  :lol:



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Thanks Dave and Peter,

When I get to the glazing stage I will be using Acrylic sheets from Yorkmodels.co.uk .


Nice and easy to work with and simple to cut and shape.








It has been quite a pleasant task to apply etch primer from Closterman.






Both coaches now ready for GWR livery.


















The End...................................................... for the time being............





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