Monday, 18 June 2012

Vacuum pipes, a solution?

Coal Tank front complete with scratch built vacuum pipe
I used lost wax lamp socket castings from Gladiator Kits which are to scale and will take the square pegs of model LNWR loco lamps; cast brass ones can be obtained from LGM; white metal ones are available from my own "Heroes of the Footplate" range, Ref: LT3. The superstructure of the engine is practically complete now, though the cab interior detail needs much attention as does the chassis. The vacuum pipe uses one of Slaters' Vac Pipe Springs Ref: 7163 and is constructed in the manner shown in the accompanying drawing. The rear vac pipe appears to be rather more of a challenge.

Drawing to show construction of vacuum pipe

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