Aristo Pacific motor block to Romney Hythe Pacific

Flying15

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In a few threads there’s been quite a few suggestions on how to build Gordon (Thomas and Friends)
Well this isn’t quite about building the big blue useful engine, but a very similar looking engine ‘Green Goddess’ of the Romney Hythe’
Effectively a miniature Gresley A1 (later A3)
The build methods for the superstructure and tender were similar to the RHDR 4-8-2 I built a little while ago
The loco chassis was a major departure for me in that the loco isn’t Bachmann based But uses the motor block from an Aristocraft pacific
This came secondhand without valve gear, so a solution was found by cannibalising one of my Annie’s (that now runs in the more simple connecting rod only form)
The Aristo chassis was extended using some steel box section I had to which the cylinder block was added
The connecting rods big end was drilled out to allow the rod to fit the Aristocraft pins
A Bachmann bogie from the old time 4-4-0 was filtered and a simple trailing truck built
This sits/swings within the frames which on the real engines had Cartazzi axle boxes as per Gresleys LNER (and the RHDR Greeley)Pacifics .The materials for the build comprised:-
Aristocraft Pacific motor block
Bachmann Indy 2-6-0 tender chassis
Bachman Annie Cylinders and valve gear
Bogie from Bachmann 4-4-0
Plasticard/styrene sheet and sections
80mm perspex tube
75 mm rain water down pipe
Wire for handrails and plumbing
Chimney,Dome + Axlebox castings from Walsall models
handrail knobs from GRS
Buffers from Williams Models
Pop rivets for safety valves
I have on order name and works plates from Peter Woods

I’ve named a few suppliers here as I think it’s good to spread the word on suppliers as without them this aspect of our hobby becomes more difficult
I have no connection with any of them beyond being a customer

Whilst the loco is based on the RHDR Pacifics it isn’t dead scale and there are quite a few departures to ease/speed the building process
Below are a few illustrations of the build hopefully in the right order

The Aristocraft Pacific is there to show how the motor block should be used B0CC62E2-4A84-4E68-8601-A0CA6A7BC71B.jpeg C75BB2AD-6059-42F7-8869-94BD0EA9ADE9.jpeg B8693788-0939-41D0-8522-0D0C496DA300.jpeg 1918DF85-68C3-44DF-926F-26A1390CFB92.jpeg 5D6CDF7D-70EF-47B5-8D88-13C48B6DF8DB.jpeg 6D6ECAA7-A4EB-46C1-BC8D-73D9D113FC7C.jpeg 105331B4-0537-4A30-A321-B895D3CB66BF.jpeg 5E5B07C2-B8A8-4713-936E-007F55400676.jpeg
 

Paul M

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Fantastic looking engine
 

DGE-Railroad

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Fantastic job. Another great conversion to join the G scale British outlines! :)
 

musket the dog

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Amazing build, it might not be scale but the proportions are spot on :) I keep considering a 15 inch miniature railway in Gn15, your recent RHDR builds are making it really tempting to take the knife to some old horby stock.
 

Flying15

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Amazing build, it might not be scale but the proportions are spot on :) I keep considering a 15 inch miniature railway in Gn15, your recent RHDR builds are making it really tempting to take the knife to some old horby stock.
Thanks v much for the comments, a thought on RHDR locos - a Stainz would make a good chassis for a model of The Bug to go with my builds
Its not on my to build list, unless I run out of other projects, but I have got an old Stainz knocking about somewhere
chris
 

g-bits

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Have you seen Bullock's 10-14" gauge pacifics? She reminds me distinctly of them, even though I think most/all had belpaire fireboxes.

Jonathan
 

Flying15

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Have you seen Bullock's 10-14" gauge pacifics? She reminds me distinctly of them, even though I think most/all had belpaire fireboxes.

Jonathan
Yes , I can see that, a bit like Monarch at Eastleigh
Sort of top heavy, which of course seemed to be the fashion in the early days of miniature railway steam locos
There’s also a bit of a likeness to the diesel Powered steam outline locos at Scarborough
Luckily it’s only a hobby
Ps Thanks, the chassis have arrived for the next builds
Chris