Tuesday, September 09, 2008

2mm scale Clyde Puffer

2mm scale Clyde Puffer
Originally uploaded by Phil_Parker.

Only I could go to a 7mm scale Model Railway show and come back with a 2mm scale boat...

What I have is a very nice little resin kit from Gramodels for a Clyde Puffer. Cost £12.50.

You get a lot of bits for your money but the first thing you see is the hull which is moulded as a single part. It needs some flash cleaning off the bottom but is a good shape and nice and sharply cast. The hold cover is a separate part so you could model it open if you wanted although an interior would be required which extended below the bottom of the waterline hull.

The wheelhouse is an open version with wires cast into the top legs for strength. I've always preferred to give my crew a roof and so added one from a bit of plastic and a couple of extra microstrip window bars.

No railings are included so some were made up from wire. Ideally an etch would be good for this but that would push the cost up and while it's reasonably priced for what you get, the British modeller is notoriously stingy.

Apart from this, what you see is what you get. A few hours pleasant assembly and painting results in a very nice little puffer to add to my collection.

For more Clyde Puffer models and books, try my Puffer pages.

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