Thursday, November 12, 2009
At the top of the firebox I initially managed to fit (very neatly actually, I was so proud) the parts I later decided were for the sandbox tops. There are some fusible plugs (I think) up there in the era this model is set. The form of these seems to vary but in LMS days all that is visible is a round, flat, plate. Some suitable plates are supplied on the etch but cutting them out, I lost one and so had to replace them with disks punched out of the thinnest plasticard I could find. It's about the same thickness as the boiler bands which is correct according to the photo - although in the model these are a touch over-scale.
Plasticard is sometimes easier to work with than metal. Once superglued in place, it's a lot easier to gently sand to a perfect fit with fine emery. Once painted, who can tell what materials have been used anyway ?