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Part-built 5 inch gauge GWR "Manor" - stock code 3777

A well-advanced 5 inch gauge GWR 4-6-0 to Martin Evans Torquay Manor design. Work to date comprises a complete tender and locomotive chassis, cab, smokebox assembly and some boiler parts.

The chassis is largely good, although stiff to turn it feels tight rather than binding up, but really wants stripping to find out what needs easing.

The boiler comprises a rolled barrel with coppersmiths joint, firebox outer wrapper and inner firebox with tubes silver-soldered in. Soldering to the tubes looks good, the boiler seam is not nice, with what looks like insufficient general heat and too much local heat producing a mixture of boiled solder on the outside and unmelted strips on the inside. It could certainly be redone to a satisfactory standard, alternatively you made decide that a professionally-made boiler is an investment easily recouped in the value of the finished engine.

Complete with a complete set of bound construction articles from "Model Engineer".

Locomotive 39 inches
Tender 26 inches

gauge 5 inch