I’m so sorry, but the assembly was so joyful, I once missed again to take progress photos. I hope the few photos below can give you some ideas of the details.
I’m still amazed by the boiler back head detail. Sure, this is an open cab loco, so the back head is visible to the spectator, but the detail is astonishing. All valves and gauges are modelled, the pressure gauge even has a tiny needle. Injectors, regulator, check valves…. Even the number plate on the smokebox door is lettered with Lima Locomotive Co., but 0.35mm letters are hard to read. Anyway, with some drybrush, I could highlight them to make them visible.
Before I painted the chassis, I added Toma’s Hon30 couplings and handrails on top of the endbeams from 0.5mm brass wire.
The roof is made from a different material and features a nice tarpaper style surface. It’s screwed to the roof stands. BTW, the whole model is holes together with small screws, so it’s easy to take the loco apart for repairs or changes.
Here’s the finished loco so far. I’m very happy with the design and overall appearance. Just needs some crew figures, tools and clutter as well as a nice load of firewood.