LB&SCR E2 - Body (FUD) in 4mm / 1/76 scaleFor Frosted Ultra Detail (FUD) only. A slightly thicker less smooth version that is cheaper is also available in White/Black Strong Flexible, (WSF/BSF).This is a 4mm scale model of the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) E2 Locomotive with extended tanks.
The main motivation for the creation of the SCC E2's was to correct the errors and compromises made by previous manufacturers; as a result these freshly designed E2's are not shortened, the running plate curves are not over the top and they have the correct wheelbase. Spectacle plates have been added as an optional extra. If you don't want them simply cut them off and file smooth - easy.
Please note - the prototype photographs sometimes showed the Smoke-Box to have rivets and other times none at all. For this reason this model has been designed as the smooth type to print better and provide a better canvas. Rivets can be added by buying transfer decals that have physical relief. DCC Concepts is one manufacturer that supplies them.
Also to be noted, the rivets on the side of the tank don't always turn out perfectly in WSF/BSF, especially after sanding down. Adding transfer rivet decals will solve this easily. If you want the lining to coincide with the rivets then you can use softening solution for transfers such as 'Micro Sol/Set' or maybe rub them off, add the lining and then re-apply the rivets with Archer transfers.
The majority Photographs shows this E2 body fitted to a Hornby Thomas chassis. Beautifully modelled and painted in a freelance livery by Corwin Bainbridge. Many thanks for the submission. :)
The bright blue version with #1 painted on the side is my own rendition of a 1920's 'Thomas', likely how the character would have looked then. Both these E2's are FUD / Smooth Fine Detail Plastic as it is now known. Chassis is a different one than on the SCC shop, a simple prototype for a new idea. As you can see here it is currently lacking brake pads and details, but more on that later...
Others have used a Bachmann Jinty chassis to good effect too.
The Smoke-Box Door is located in front of the body. 2 slide in cab doors are under the cab sprued - these slide in from the top and are removable, the cab roof is loose. This allows you to easily paint the interior and add a crew. The buffers are sprue joined underneath also, this gives you the choice of using them or substituting them with metal ones from other manufacturers without having to hack them off a buffer beam.
If you use the supplied buffers please note that the buffer bases and buffer heads are slightly thicker than they should be due to printing tolerances so filing them back will bring it back to scale length.
The Boiler Injector Pipe is loose and it is to be joined usually to the left hand side of the locomotive if you are to use it. Refer to prototype photographs.
You will need hand rail pillars or split pins and 0.45mm rod for the hand rails. To make the accurate positioning and fitting easier, holes have been slightly indented on the body; they just need drilling out.
Couplings are left for the user to decide based upon preference; just pop in your preferred coupling type. Alternatively ignore that and slot a scale coupling through the rectangular hole in the buffer beam on the body.
For the rear window grills drilling small holes to take 0.3mm brass/nickel silver rod is recommended as printing them thin enough is difficult due to the tolerances of 'thin wires.'
To fit the chassis to the body, the rear simply slots in the body at an angle. The front is fixed via a screw or bolt (10BA recomended) that taps easily and is all that is needed, a nut can be glued in place inside the Smoke-Box Saddle if desired. This body shell can be fixed to several Ready To Run (RTR) chassis with a little tweaking, alternatively a fixed chassis is also available separately in 00 or P4.
Please see the Chassis themselves for more information.
For wheels, axles, crankpins etc
Alan Gibson is a great resource
...as is Markits
For Motors and Gearboxes, High Level are recommended.
For the LB&SCR E2, to allow your model to be motorised without having to hack away at the underside of the firebox or boiler as is common with many of kits depending what parts you use, a 'Roadrunner +' Gearbox from High Level will fit nicely, using a drive extender will make things easier too, especially if fitting a fly wheel.
These components were used in the research and development trial builds.
But of course you can use whatever suits your needs and preference best, the above has been typed out to hopefully aid you should you be new to kit building. The advantage of these 3D printed kits is 90% of the work is done for you, both on the body and the chassis.
Due to printing tolerance issues the whistles have had to be removed. Whistles with printable geometry are now available from SCC also - please look in the spares section.
For a video series on building SCC locomotive kits...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lgx2_q3bfbo For those of you who like to anthropomorphasize their engines, suitable expressive smoke-box faces are available from Tyne Side Models