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The Hatchette partwork A4 is designed to be assembled by an absolute novice first time modeller with every etched part coated in a clear lacquer to facilitate a stronger build using only superglue and epoxy resin.
I patiently collected every issue over two years  and made a start on the chassis in February 2019.

My intention has always been to make an exhibition standard fully working robust model , but using solder wherever possible and fitting a quality motor and gearbox.

The only parts needing total replacement have been the main loco drivers, lost wax lamp irons in place of the whitemetal parts supplied and a lost wax whistle.

So taking up the build again this September I made a start on the loco body by drilling over forty various size holes in the cast `mazak` body assembly



and fitting all the details and replacement lamp irons.    The `mazak` roof section also had it`s details applied using a very thin quality superglue and was attached to the soldered brass cab section using Gorilla Glue.



The chassis was competed and then de-constructed to be painted and reassembled as a fully working unit.






The main drivers are Slaters replacement as the partwork wheels were not a good enough quality for a working model.  I used Premier Components 30.1 Helical gearbox and a Canon 1833 motor.

She past her first test bench trials:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qplYANULJi0



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0Gww0ki_jQ


And then I had a rest........................................








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Nice build John. Must try and get some motivation to finish mine off.



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OOOH!  Lovely!
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Thanks guys,


After my rest, I got on with some of the cab details particularly the backhead where I used soft copper wire instead of the harder brass supplied.





Then on to the tender assembly.  The tender footplate and below has been a solder construction and has been fairly straight forward.


















The tender body is a plastic moulding and so I detailed that using a very thin quality superglue.  This turned out to be slow and fiddly.










So,  my   LNER A4 Mallard has been built and now will await her 1930`s Garter Blue livery........





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That looks brilliant John - and a smooth runner too it seems.

I do like your comment "this turned out to be quite straightforward" - I wonder what "complicated" looks like ................... :hmm

Have you costed it at all - often these part-build models turn out to be eye-wateringly expensive .......................



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Thanks Peter,
Yes I did look at the cost back in 2014.

130 issues over 32 months came out at   £ 1022.72 including a Chinese version of Slaters wheels.

with ,if you chose to do so, an extra £99 for the Hachette motor/gearbox unit. Useless for a working model.

also with the best illustrated, hold your hand at every move, instructions you will ever get with a kit. designed for an absolute novice to assemble with glue


Compared to the DJH A4 kit version which the Hachette was based on         £695 without wheels and motor
                                                                                                 Slaters wheels £150
                                                                                   Proper Motor/Gearbox   £108
                                                   Below average instructions not for a novice  £ 0
                                                                              No monthly instalments   £953 in one payment only


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That's an interesting comparison John - it makes it look very reasonable plus the huge bonus of not having to write a cheque for £1000 - the instructions alone would be worth that to the likes of me ................... :roll:

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As you know I`m strictly a GWR fan really Peter.
There was an emotional connection to both Hachette Partworks and Mallard as my much older brother died prematurely in 2010 and in the last two months of his life we shared a humorous moment when I finally admitted to him that his favourite Hornby-Dublo 3 rail Mallard loco and coaches and trackwork bought for him by Dad during WWII was pawned by me in 1971 for a SLR Camera I needed for College.   Also , my brother made many a Hachette Partworks project, mainly ships and planes, during his retirement years and he would have most definitely had ago at The Mallard.

So it will always remind me of him.

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