Friday, February 17, 2017
Having found the 2mm scale Wickhams, I also dug out a 4mm scale whitemetal version. Fron Nu-Cast, this model pre-dates the Bachmann motorised version by at least 25 years buit still looks pretty presentable.
At least it did until an accidentaly flying session while packing up at a show saw it disassemble itself.At the time, I put the remains in a pot and forgot about them. I suppose buying a replacement kit seemed easier than untangling the whitemetal, but this kit is long discontinued and the alternative is a pricey etched version. Perfect for an essentail feature but more than I wanted to pay for "clutter".
Still, I'm on a bit of a Wickham run at the moment so when I found the pot of bits, I decided to resurect the model.
A little unbending and cleaning up later, I had the main parts. Sadly, the whitemetal handrails hadn't survived so a quick trip to buy some 0.7mm brass wire was in order. I remembered to take calipers to measure the remaining parts, jut not the wire to repair them. Still, it's only 3 quid and I'll use it eventually.
Superglue bodgery finished the job and it looks OK. The cruel photo enlargement shows where the first landing impact occured but a little filler and some weathering will hide the worst of it I hope.