I've finished the restoration of this engine. Looking at the "before" images, it leaves no doubt that a full restoration was in order. I also needed a new water lever plug, water level plug insert and a safety valve. Luckily I was able to source those from www.manormodels.co.uk
I started the restoration with the spraying of the baseplate. The baseplate was quite pitted, I even had to drill out the screws, because they where totally corroded into the baseplate.
I first just sprayed it, but the pitting was still very much visible, so I decided to use filler on it. I had never used it before, and soon learned that the less you put on, the less you have to sand of. I of course used quite a bit too much, so I had to spend quite some time on sanding.
After sanding, I gave it a coat of primer, and a few coats of red and clear lacquer. Its still not 100% flat, but quite good for a first attempt at using filler I suppose.
The boiler also needed work, the steam dome came off and it needed a new water level plug tread that I was able to get through manor models. Here it's opened up
I actually had top open the boiler up twice. After I was done with the restoration, I found out the safety valve tread was leaking, and the steam outlet was blocked by a tiny piece of paper in the steam dome.
After the soldering was done, I started work on the chimney, because the one that was with it was not original I decided to create a new one out of a piece of tube.
On the left is the chimney I got with it, and on the right the 2 chimney's I made (I had a piece of tube of 30cm, so I decided to make 2, so I could pick the best one). To create the top part of the chimney, I used a trick I once saw performed on the mamod forum:
After paint, the chimney now looked like this:
After polishing & painting all the small parts (I painted the flywheel twice, because I dropped it), all was ready for assembly.
Here is the final result: