One surprise inside the box'o'bits that contained my Adams Radial kit was this set of natty brass buffers.
Ready made and nicely sprung, they are just what we keep being told that modellers want to find at the ends of all their rolling stock.
I've no idea how old they are but I have a feeling they might be contemporary with the kit so over 40 years.
Sadly, there is a bit of a problem here. They are ALL brass.
While brass housings are fine and perfectly normal, brass heads and shanks aren't. What they are is the wrong colour because they are the wrong metal. What we need here is steel.
Sadly, this means the whole lot is going to have to be painted and then fixed solid so the paint doesn't rub off when the buffers are compressed. Pity, as they are quite nice.
The sharp eyed will have spotted the vacuum pipe has been fitted and that instead of running up the face of the buffer beam, it emerges from behind it. Just as it does in the photos I found of the real loco. Not sure how common this is but I'm pleased to have modelled it and will now boast every time someone looks at the model.