Repairing Damaged Loco

After eagerly waiting my latest purchase, an O Gauge LNER B17/6, imagine the disappointment when it arrived badly damaged. The chimney had been pushed down into the smokebox by about 10mm, causing a bad dent and creasing.


After getting over feeling sorry for myself, and discussing possibilities with the Seller, I decided to repair the loco rather than sending it back. I worked out a plan of action and started to prepare the model.


After removing the original chimney and snifter valve – I cleaned up the whole area. I pushed a piece of balsa dowel into the hole left by the chimney – I then cut the dowel down to the height the Car Filler needed to be – this gave me a guide when filling.


After letting the filler dry for a hour, I then started to file and wet and dry the filler into shape.


The balsa guide really helped.


I smoothed the area and then filled the imperfections and blended again, until I was happy with the result.


I added the new chimney (the one removed was the wrong pattern for this Loco) and the snifter valve. I also did a further fill  a couple of imperfections and smoothed down.


I then hand painted  all areas worked on with an undercoat – left it to dry overnight and then hand painted a black undercoat to finish the repair.



Well it was certainly a challenge – but I am reasonably happy. I will let the paint dry for twelve hours and re-assess if further work is needed. It took me six hours overall to get to this stage!


One thought on “Repairing Damaged Loco

  1. That is an incredible job you have done,when I first saw the damage and then the filler you added
    I thought “Oh No” this will not look right,but then I remembered,this is Kelvin,the Super Modeller.
    You asked me if I had a Magic Wand this afternoon,well,you must have one to turn a damaged
    Loco into new condition.
    Absolutely Brilliant.!!!
    But then you are Kelvin.

    Mr T.

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