I thought it was time i posted something other than in the 'Cameo Competition' section. Some time ago i purchased an LSWR Terrier, an old Ks white metal kit that somebody had previously built. It was a none runner but the painting and lining on the body was superbly done. The whole kit looked very well put together. I could perhaps argue that the green is a shade on the light side but not letting myself be put off by this, i thought it could become part of a future layout. (i also have a Jidenco H13 to build). No 734 is one of a pair bought by the LSWR in 1903 to work the Lyme Regis branch. I would love to know who painted her because she looks stunning. On further inspection the chassis left a lot to be desired, things have moved on somewhat since she was built. A very thick framed brass chassis with Two of the bearing holes completely worn away, a huge X04 motor and picks ups on only the outer most axle, no back head or cab floor. Remembering that Comet (that was, now Wizard) produced a Chassis kit for the Terrier, realy, a replacement for the Hornby model, i wondered if it could be adapted as a replacement for this model. Chassis kit duly ordered and a chat to Chris Gibbon at High Level, a gearbox and motor were also duly ordered. Now me being me and always up for a challenge, i thought i would have a go at some sort of compensation. During the conversation with Chris, he sent me some of his wonderful Hornblocks. I have to stress that this is new to me so i thought this might be a good place to start. Those that know me are aware that i have built a few locos in my time but this was a whole new ball game for me, I mean, how difficult could it be! This is them! Well, that wasn't to difficult was it? The next problem to overcome was, we are going to have to split the connecting rods aren't we. Something else i haven't done before. You will gather from my excercises that i am not one for the tried and tested methods and tend to come up with some perhaps rather unorthodox ways of doing things. I can hear you shouting at the screen. Reading the instructions from comet, yes it does happen occasionally, it told you where to cut, HELPFUL. Of course, we need to make sure they are kept at the same length and are both the same, also noting that the Knuckle needs to be pointing to the front of the loco. A piece of ply came in handy for this. Knuckles duly drilled and riveted. all going good so far. We have Two coupling rods. I have resoldered the top one as you can see the top and bottom are slightly off. Its amazing what you see in a photo. Time to turn to the chassis. Can you use the 'Pine Road chassis jig' to set up Hornblocks?, answer is, yes you can. Using the piece of ply i made up earlier for the con rods, this is how it looks. It all looks good so far and all seems to line up. Final photo for tonight. We have a problem, because from hear on its all new to me, how are we going to make it spring. The original idea of a rocker centrally mounted between the Two front Axles has gone out of the window as there is a great big hole in the way. I have a plan baldrick, if this actually ever runs i will be amazed but hey, you have to have a go, doesn't one. As far as it goes at the moment until i have time for another play.