|I never, ever want to do this again!|
It has taken me many hours of work today (about twelve, I think - I lost track!) to complete the detailing and painting, but I think it's worth it...
|Front and rear shots, without the flywheel.|
|Close-ups of the furnace and boiler. Intimidating, huh?|
The design hasn't changed much since I posted my first pictures. the biggest changes have been to make the smoke-stack slightly shorter and bulkier, and the addition of a much more impressive furnace.
|Calligraphy not being my strong-suit, I haven't summoned the courage to do this bit yet...|
The boiler now has a brass scrollwork-plate, onto which I plan to inscribe the name of the greatest industrial city of the Victorian Era... A place very close to my heart. After all, Sheffield made 90% of the world's steel at this time... But hand-painting "Sheffield" might be a bit much - we'll have to see. If I can't do it justice, I'll have to come up with something else.
|Engine and flywheel, together at last!|
|Lieutenant Boddington tries to keep his excitement firmly in check behind his stiff upper lip.|
I decided to change the plans from the original long-and-sleek 'battleship' configuration to something a bit more bulky and brutish. So, the flywheel will now be mounted next to the engine, rather than behind it. This will reduce the length of the model considerably, but she'll still be huge!
|Big, isn't it?|
So far, so good. Now, for those of you who are wondering, there are One-Hundred and Thirty-Four rivets on the engine assembly, all cut and glued by hand. Combined with the flywheel, that makes Four-Hundred and Seventy so far!
Anyway, I can't stay here, blogging away! I've got LEGS to build!
All the best!