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 Posted: Fri Nov 19th, 2010 05:49 pm
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When I was (much) younger, Rosebud/Kitmaster issued a whole series of railway kits. The moulds were eventually sold to Airfix and many of the kits were re-issued by them.

Dapol purchased the moulds, etc., in the 1980's, some of them having been in use for over 45 years.

When I saw the 2-10-0 9F 'Evening Star' kit in my local model shop recently, I couldn't resist building one for old time's sake. I knew it wouldn't be up to today's standards, but it would be rather pleasantly nostalgic to build one again.

Quite a few of the parts needed work to tidy them up with flash and mould lines to be removed, and various holes and dimples to be filled.

It wasn't my intention to improve the kit too much. I just wanted to build it 'as is' as far as possible. I didn't bother making the wheels and motion 'working' as this is to be a static model anyway. Many of the pins and their respective holes were too badly moulded to have made this an easy task anyway. A major reworking would have been needed, and I didn't want to take that much time over the construction.

The assembly has been completed and a spray coat of primer will follow soon.



When fully painted and tucked at the back of the layout in a workshop-type scenario, it should look OK.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 19th, 2010 06:08 pm
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nice model,some how I rather like the colour, makes it look sleeker, I know you will be painting it of course,
I still have my old one minus a few bits now but.

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As you say Perry its an old kit but with a bit of tarting here and there it will make a superb static model.

I have an old Airfix city of truro kit here i must build one day

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For their time, they were incredible models Perry - way ahead of their time.

As you say, there's a fair bit of work to do to make anything "move" nowadays but, as a static "siding filler" they can't really be beaten.

Incidentally, at the recent Gateshead Show there was a guy selling Kitmaster coaches - still boxed and unopened.  He had a cellophane pack of maybe 10 of them - presumably just as they were originally delivered to the retailer.  I understand some of them are becoming collectors items now.



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It's very easy and cheap to provide motion.

a) Tie fishing line to front of loco

b) Tie other end to suitable weight

c) Rest weight against sloping plank at the end of layout (slope will determine speed)

d) Release weight.


I think that's quite an attractive model - looks good!



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Apart from a little more weathering to be added, the 9F is complete.



Despite it's age, this is a nice little kit to build. Two or three of them stabled strategically on my MPD layout will help to make it look much 'busier'.

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Looks nice!
I like the wheels and motion, what paint have you used for this Perry?

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I used Vallejo acrylics. After priming, a couple of coats of 'Black Grey' were applied. When this was dry, I dry-brushed with 'Gunmetal Grey' darkened with a touch of 'Black', to highlight the edges of the wheels and con-rods, etc. The running surfaces of the wheels were painted with 'Natural Steel'.

The lower half of the loco still needs dirtying up, and the buffer beam needs toning down. This will be done when the final weathering is carried out.

The only 'modification' I did was to glaze the cab windows. The very small front-facing ones were done with 'Super Kristal Kleer' liquid glass. The side windows were cut from thin transparent plastic sheet and glued in place with PVA adhesive.

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Very nicely done Perry

A few arund the layout will certainly give it a busy look

A search around Ebay often reveals other Airfix loco kits people are selling they did do a saddle tank im not sure what other loco ones they did.

Did the decals come with the kit or didyou get those from Fox?

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The decals are provided with the kit. They supply sufficient to make up an 'Evening Star' version, or to number three other 9F's differently, so potentially four different models can be built using just the decals in the kit. Good value for money.

The kit needs a bit of work, straightening bent pieces, filling holes and depressions, cleaning off flash, etc., but it's not excessive. In fact, for such old moulds, the quality is remarkably high.

Perry



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Certainly captures the look and feel of the prototype, and as you say a few scattered around an mpd would  make it look busy.

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