Gladiator B16-1 Coal Plate details

Following on from some dialogue with MikeMeg over on RMweb who had posted on his 4mm thread, a photo of the tender from the front (Mike has recently built the 4mm version of this kit which is currently held, but not released for sale yet by London Road Models). The photo is from Ken Hoole’s NER Loco book which I have, but I hadn’t realised that the photo was there until Mike mentioned it.

EPSON scanner image

This is a cropped view of the tender front from the photo which differs a little from that portrayed in the kit.
The kit provides a flattened V shaped plate with a rectangular cutout for the coal door and a coal door which is riveted and had two holes for a handle. The V shaped plate when fitted leaves long triangular gaps down either side of it.

There are some etched rivet strips provided to cover these and to replicate the angle plates that you see in the photo. I didn’t find these (my fault for not looking at either the instructions or the etches before proceeding) before I had made up a couple of angle plates out of some half etched scrap that I had to hand.

having discovered them I still elected to use the ones that I made, because the rivet spacing was quite close together on the supplied strips. And it would have meant soldering two strips on instead of four.

I am sure the riveted strips will not be surplus for long.

Gladiator B16-1 Coal Plate details

Gladiator B16-1 Coal Plate details

The arrows on this repeat photo, shows what I have added to it so far. I still have a few bits to do – this sort of thing brings out the detailing devil in me I just can’t help it.

Gladiator B16-1 Coal Plate details