No.5726 finally gets her numbers! They’ve been in the project box since last May so it was quite a moment finally putting them in place. I thought I was 99% there with No.5726, but boy does the macro lens show up a lot …. I’m happy though, this has been a fantastic starter project in detailing, its been quite a journey since March 2014…! Credit to George Dent, Paul Marshall-Potter, Mikkel and Iain Rice for the inspiration to first take a scalpel to 7739.
Since the last entry on No.5726 quite a few jobs have been finished, firstly priming with a Halford’s black rattle can after masking up using the method detailed by PMP on Albion Yard. The finish the primer leaves is great, flat black and looks like it gives some protection too. Unfortunately as I peeled the maskol away, the route/power indicator decals came off. Something else to add to the list!
Next up was fitting the etched plates, early emblem and shed code all from Modelmasters. Seeing Tom Fosters lovely results with No.4645, I also went for Pacific Models smoke box plates.
Once the primer was on a few more last minute detailing ideas came to mind. Fitting the porthole windows from the Mainly Trains etch reminded me a photo of No.7792 / L.94 I’d taken at Tyseley last year. The spectacle windows were open, a nice feature. Two other smaller details to note – the steam heating cock and chain; and the pet pipe draped out of the cab.
The steam heating assembly is made of a mix of types of wire, scrap brass etch, romford wound brass vacuum pipes and a 3D printed steam heating cock. It was winding the wire to make the retaining chain that gave me the idea for the pet pipe, the pipe used to wash down the cab and dampen down dust in the coal bunker. For this I wrapped 40swg copper wire around some 24swg wire.
Jobs still to do – varnish the decals, real coal, screw link coupling for the rear, steam heating cock and pipe for the rear buffer beam, left tank filler lid handle missing, paint the whistles with brass paint. Then weather… then… build the High Level Chassis and get No.5726 into the world of P4! That’s a job slated for Missenden in the Spring.
Full set of the build is here on Flickr – https://www.flickr.c…57641881239955/
A few notes on the open spectacle windows which I’ve forgot to mention as it was so long ago! I used a tapered reamer to remove the moulded window rim, then opened the window up just enough to slot in brass spectacle window from the Mainly Trains etch. Glue’n’Glaze was used beforehand.