- Thanks Vic and Robin for your comments, I too would like to see the Hunslet
2-6-2 become available as it is a fine looking locomotive. I also rather like
the C&M 0-6-2 locomotive and might build it prior to the L&M 2-6-4. I had
planned to scratchbuild a brass chassis for the C&M as it is less expensive,
and more fun, to purchase the wheelsets and build the frame rather than try
to fit a comercial chassis. In addition, the frame will be more accurate with
correct axle spacing and detail.
I am curious as to why British practice is to build an inside frame chassis
with the axles and cranks protruding through a false outside frame. In the
United States the practice when building an outside frame locomotives, such
as the D&RGW K classes, is to build the chassis as per the prototype with a
working outside frame. I can understand the British practice when using a
proprietary chassis with a kit built or scratchbuilt body since it allows the
use of a commercially available chassis, but using two frames for a
scratchbuilt chassis or designing a kit for such seems redundant. Maintenance
would not seem to be the reason since once the body is removed maintenance
for either would be about the same. In any case, I'm open to all suggestions
on how best to construct a chassis for the C&M 0-6-2. If anyone has built one
of these locomotives I would be most interested in their experience.
- Yes it is odd that dummy outside frames are used.
In the case of the Sierra Leone Hunslet, I believe this was
originally designed for a proprietary inside frame chassis, and at a
later stage re-issued with parts for the chassis in the kit to
replace the proprietary chassis. Vulcan designed an inside framed
chassis to replace the proprietary chaasis, for maximum
compatibility, and added dummy outside frames.
In the case of the Eagle chassis, used by Branchlines for their
Woolwich Aresenal type Hunslet 0-4-0, I think a simliar story
applies. This was designed as an inside framed chassis, and dummy
outside frames available later.
This is all conjecture though...
I don't know about the Slaters L&M kit, or the Gibson L&B kits - do
they have dummy outside frames ?
I got part way through the Branchlines Hunslet and stopped while I
try to figure out how to make the dummy outside frames removable. I
don't like the idea of trapping the wheels between a dummy outside
frame soldered to the load bearing inside frame. I prefer to be abe
to take the chassis apart if I need to. Anybody got any ideas ?