Here we have a brand new and unsteamed 5" gauge LNER B1, built to the ever popular and well proven Martin Evans 'Springbok' design. The engine is essentially finished and ready to be commissioned. We decided that as we are a little busy in the workshops, rather than doing the work in house and adding the value to this one, we would let you have it cheaper in order to do the little tweaks and bits and bobs yourself. Now this one came into us recently as part of an estate following the passing of the owner. He collected mostly professionally built models which he then plinthed and kept purely for display purposes. This one doesn't quite have the feel of a professionally built model, (although of course there are 'professionals' and there are professionals!),...... but everything appears to be in the right places and the machining is of acceptable, if not spectacularly beautiful quality.
The boiler also appears soundly made, and although we don't think it's a professional boiler, the quality of the silver soldering where ever it is visible is very good, as is the substantial plate thickness and flanging. Hopefully the photos will give you the general idea. The only thing that we can see that definitely needs finishing off is that the smoke box will need sealing with fire clay or Gun Gum. Beyond that, you may be very lucky and she may just work straight out of the box,..... but equally there may be the usual tweaking and 'new engine' teething troubles to work through. That said, this is a brand new B1 of reasonable build quality, sporting a brand new boiler for a decent price.
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