A recent commission I’ve just finished, a Bachmann J39, finished to a typical grubby standard.
The Bachman J39 still stands up well alongside the more recent RTR products (the tooling must be 20 years old now) and it wasn’t until weathering this one, that I noticed you can see the bottom side of the firebox (which I’ve enhanced with a depiction of rust). A nice bit of detail on an older model.
I will be needing a couple of J39’s for Thirsk, although the majority of North Eastern J39s had the smaller LNER Group Standard 3500 Gallon Tender. What does let the Bachmann model down is the awful split chassis, which I shall replace with a Comet Etched Chassis on my future models.
It’s worth making a point, regarding Comet Models, the very sad news that Geoff Brewin passed away at the Weekend. I didn’t know him very well, only speaking a couple of times at shows when picking up bits and pieces from him. Sad news all the same.