Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap, the age old saying on the railways.
Mine was a little more fundamental – the curve of the footplate under the cab was not anything like the curve of the cab sides

LNER 06 (MOK 8F) – Cab Subframe issue

LNER 06 (MOK 8F) – Cab Subframe issue

LNER 06 (MOK 8F) – Cab Subframe issue

Because I didn’t have the benefit of the updated instructions that Mark kindly shared with me after and enquiry over on Western Thunder (I have emailed Dave Sharp to ask for a set of the updated instructions) I had previously added the cab front overlays and soldered all around the seams. This meant that tucking the front of the curved section up under the top layer of the cab front as advised in the updated instructions wasn’t to my mind – I worked on the theory that if I tried to remove the thin overlay I would irreparably damage it.
That left the alternative which was cut/file the front section down so that it sits just below the footplate rather than tucked in behind the front plate and to desolder and file down the sub frames until the curve better matched that of the sides of the cab.

LNER 06 (MOK 8F) – Cab Subframe issue

As you are looking at it, it took two goes at desoldering, filing down, before resoldering to test the fit for the left hand subframe and six goes for the right hand subframe.  At each desoldering I carefully cleaned up before filing a little more off. You may wonder why I resoldered at each test, it was because I couldn’t hold it in close enough proximity to accurately check the fit when trying to hold all the parts while they were
I have to say that had I continued with the build to this point when I started back in 2011 or so, I would never have had the confidence to desolder and resolder the same part so many times to get the fit that I wanted. I would never have been happy with it either.

LNER 06 (MOK 8F) – Cab subframe – modified to fit better

LNER 06 (MOK 8F) – Cab subframe – modified to fit better

LNER 06 (MOK 8F) – Cab subframe – modified to fit better

The slight gap on the right hand in this view will close up when I solder it all in but I am triple checking all is right before taking the final step.