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Offline Bigmac

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southern z class.
« on: July 19, 2020, 07:57:18 PM »
i saw a z class tank on ebay recently--and i thought i might build one myself.  The only time i saw an n gauge model was back in the 90's...a member of the Southampton MRC had one, --unpainted..and we tried it out on the clubs Exeter Central layout.

i understand Lytchet Manor make the body kit to fit the poole 8f chassis.

has anyone made one recently ?
i used to be indecisive...but now i'm not so sure.

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Re: southern z class.
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2020, 10:54:16 PM »
I've got a couple, yes Lytchett Manor do them, finding a Poole 8F might be a problem.

http://www.lytchettmanor.co.uk/lytchett-manor/n-gauge-loco-kits
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Re: southern z class.
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2020, 11:00:29 PM »

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Re: southern z class.
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2020, 08:38:54 AM »
I recently bought the Z Class kit from Lychett - I had a spare Farish Poole 8F chassis kicking about anyway.

Ebay is probably your best source for an 8F - they do turn up quite frequently and typically sell in the 45 - 65 range depending on condition.

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Re: southern z class.
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2020, 01:27:06 PM »
See Dr Al's Workbench from last December
https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=27336.msg609238#msg609238


thanks for that link.  after i made the OP i recalled Dr Al making 3 locos--but had forgotten they were z's.
i used to be indecisive...but now i'm not so sure.

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Re: southern z class.
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2020, 01:29:16 PM »
I recently bought the Z Class kit from Lychett - I had a spare Farish Poole 8F chassis kicking about anyway.

Ebay is probably your best source for an 8F - they do turn up quite frequently and typically sell in the 45 - 65 range depending on condition.

did you have to wait long for the kit ?  is it a good clean casting ?

i have a couple of 8f's--one a poole and the other a chinese. do i understand it has to be a poole donor ?
i used to be indecisive...but now i'm not so sure.

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Re: southern z class.
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2020, 02:37:00 PM »
I recently bought the Z Class kit from Lychett - I had a spare Farish Poole 8F chassis kicking about anyway.

Ebay is probably your best source for an 8F - they do turn up quite frequently and typically sell in the 45 - 65 range depending on condition.

did you have to wait long for the kit ?  is it a good clean casting ?

i have a couple of 8f's--one a poole and the other a chinese. do i understand it has to be a poole donor ?

I think they make to order - might have had about a 3 week wait from ordering to delivery and that was during lockdown.
Castings look very nice - quite a few parts to it - more than the Beyer-Garrett much to my surprise.
I've not started it yet but fairly sure it is the Poole chassis you need.

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Re: southern z class.
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2020, 04:13:42 PM »
The chassis are pretty much interchangeable - after all they didnt change the body shell, did they?
i'd use the China chassis.
Bob

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Re: southern z class.
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2020, 04:25:07 PM »

Graham Hedges wrote a very detailed step-by-step description on how to build the SR Class Z 0-8-0T kit.  It appeared in the N Gauge Journal edition 1/2019 starting on page 26. 

Graham actually built an old GEM kit that he had before the kit was acquired by Lytchett Manor Models.  He used a China-made GF 8F for the chassis because of the blackened wheels and finer wheel profile. 

As you can imagine, Graham's article is very thorough and also describes improvements that can be made to the kit to make it look more prototypical. 

Ian

 

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