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 Posted: Sun Jun 24th, 2012 12:15 pm
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When I received the Ash Plant kit it was obvious that there was room for improvement. The Bucket detail was very basic and the sheeting looked pretty poor, so I decided to try to improve things.

The first step was to cover all the non-brickwork sheeting with Scalescenes Rusty Corrugated sheeting cut to fit. The "concrete" beams were covered with coloured cardboard strips.






If I were to do it again, I would remove all this cladding as I don't think it is prototypical, then re-build the back end in brick. But I didn't !

Next was the bucket mechanism. I made up some card templates to suit the general scale.


When correct, I made them up with plastic card.
Then added the girder lifting frame on the bucket from Plastic card plus two pieces of hole-punched for the pulley wheel.




It was then painted in a very dirty wash. (the circle is the pulley). Pulley is fastened with a cut pin.


Next the girder legs were made from plastic girder and some plastic strip.




Then a "screen" for the ash pit was made up from plastic card and strip.


The girder legs were then glued in place to fit the width of the bucket, with the bucket held between the girders via a small spigot of plastic rod. A peiece of waxed brown thread represented the pulley cable.


At the top of the tower, a small hoist (plastic girder) and some wire handrails were added.




Completed views (doors painted LMS red)






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 Posted: Sun Jun 24th, 2012 01:22 pm
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Not bad.  Not bad at all.  :thumbs

Are there still any of them around today?



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 Posted: Sun Jun 24th, 2012 02:21 pm
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Well done with the additions and the final outcome Ray but my word isn´t it an ugly brute of a thing.



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 Posted: Sun Jun 24th, 2012 08:45 pm
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A great improvement to the basic model.:thumbs



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Well done indeed Ray



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Thanks Guys!

As I said in the thread I have never seen one with all that cladding! It would be better if it was just built without it with a smaller structure in "reinforced concrete". It could be quite easily done with painted card and cardboard reinforcing strips as I did with the other lower sides.

I guess the Coaling stage could be "improved" in a similar manner with the addition of plastic detailing hoist and wire handrails and plastic ladders. The Superquick kits are not great but detailing them is a lot cheaper than buying a Bachmann resin model!

I always finish the edges with pastel or brick paper. If you preferred, you could substitute the kit's cardboard brickwork for embossed card or better still just use the whole kit as a template for a DIY plastic structure.



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