LB&SCR E2 - Body (METAL) in 4mm / 1/76 scale
For METAL (various) only.
A finer, crisper version in Frosted Ultra Detail (FUD) is also available. And an even cheaper version is available in WSF/BSF.
IMPORTANT NOTES FOR THE METAL VERSION:
This has been created upon request, as a result there are some notable differencies between this metal version and the WSF / FUD versions.
Due to printing tolerances being more restrictive in metal the geometry has had to be changed in a few areas and the walls are a fair bit thicker. Steps, safety valve edges and such like ideally will need a rub down with a file as some areas are thicker or lumpy on the details so a little filing and fettling to shape is a good idea.
The sprued boiler pipe, cab doors and smokebox door has had to be removed, the regulator handle, brake, reverser handles, optional spectacle plates, buffers and lamp irons have also had to be removed. Initially these were thickened up incrementally but they were so thick they looked silly and the Shapeways Automatic 3D tools still wouldn't accept them.
Smokebox doors and reverser/brake handles are also available separately through SCC if you look in the spares section.
Lamp irons can easily be made out of scrap brass, plastic or as an etched sheet purchase from MainlyTrains and such like. The optional cab doors (only on the standard versions) are also a simple rectangle easily made from anything. The roof also could be replaced with brass sheet or thinned out with filing if you so wish. The small protrusions that usually come out at the cab enterance where the hand rails decdend have been removed also for being so thin.
Also of note is the wall thickness under the smokebox saddle; this also has been thickened downwards and as a result if you are using an SCC chassis to go with this body you may need to file the top of the chassis a bit to accommodate the change.
Being metal it sadly isn't cheap and other than those detail compromises that can be overcome with a little modelling this will provide you with a rock solid loco body, likely to survive a bomb blast!
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 and E2's are not shortened, the running plate curves are not over the top and they have the correct wheelbase.
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.
BODY INSTRUCTIONS: The Smoke-Box Door is located on a sprue under the body along with 2 spare whistles and 2 slide in cab doors - these slide in from the top and are removable, the cab roof is sprue joined and with care these sprues are to be cut off and smoothed. 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 Pipe is located underneath and this needs also to be removed and joined 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 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.
CHASSIS INSTRUCTIONS: Please see the Chassis themselves for more information.
Due to printing tolerance issues the whistles have had to be removed. These can be simply made using a piece of brass rod as a representation. The best option is to buy one from another source.
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 may make things easier too, especially if fitting a fly wheel. These components were used in the research and development trial builds.
EDIT: Future builds have shown that a London Road Models GB4 Single stage Motor Mount (Gearbox) fits better, is cheaper and quicker to build. As with all loco kits the choice is entirely yours though.
For crank pins, hand rail rod/wire and pillars, washers, bearings and other small sundry items Mainly Trains is a good website to visit.
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...
For those of you who like to anthropomorphasize their engines, suitable expressive smoke-box faces are available from Tyne Side Models https://www.shapeways.com/shops/seansstuff?section=Character+Type+1+Faces+-+Size+2&s=0