Some say that the Ivatt developments of the Stanier Black Fives were ugly. I like odd looking engines and the penultimate Ivatt Black Fives were certainly different, but relatively easy to model in "OO" gauge. The lower running plate necessitated the use of splashers above the driving wheels, but without the complex Caprotti external valve gear drives.
Starting with "old" Hornby Black 5 boiler/chassis and Mainline/Bachmann running plate/splashers/cab/glazing, I have created a reasonable model of 44756, which operated in 1960 from Leeds Holbeck (55A) shed. Romford wheels enhance the "scale" appearance, as do the built up cylinders/steam pipes. The build of the Caprotti gearboxes and other detail components has utilised Evergreen plastic rod/square/strip/tube components.
Photographic details are essential when building a loco from scratch. "London Midland Steam Locomotives, Volume 1" (Bradford Barton) and "Stanier Locomotive Classes" by AJ Powell (Ian Allan) contain excellent close up views of the Caprotti components. Fortunately I have a scale drawing of these locos, found in a copy of Manchester Model Railway Society's "The Link" magazine from July 1982.
Outstanding tasks include final painting, transfers and smokebox number and shedcode plates. The attached photos show the Caprotti components in Evergreen white.
All I then need to do is to couple 44756 to a rake of BR Mark 1 maroon coaches and the "Thames-Clyde Express" can head out of Leeds Central for the Settle to Carlisle line.
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