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So being rained off today I went and worked inside on another rail project. Years ago I was heavily into G scale 1/29th. Mainly Aristocraft. However, lost interest and sold most of my stuff off. Kept a few things though. One item I did keep was the very last Aristocraft 4-6-2 I bought.The Aristo pacifics were notorious for poor drive assemblies however this was one of the last production models which were a lot better. the Aristo pacific was based on the B&O P7 "President" class which is one of my all-time favourite US types. Especially the rebuilt P7c version. The Aristo model needs quite a lot of rebuilding to get it looking right for a P7c. I started the project years ago and shelfed it and its sat there unfinished since. However now that my G scale line is rebuilt and nearly back in action, I took a notion to finish the P7c. My G scale line will be mainly German outline with German loco sounds etc., but I'm thinkin a US pacific with American steam sounds would be nice for a wee bit variety. The B&O P7 pacifics were all in all-over Royal Blue at the end of steam irrespect of sublass. However a solitary one 5308 /latterly 106 was in a crossing accident in 1956 and against all the odds so late in the steam game it was repaired and outshopped in freight engine black. To the best of my knowledge the only P7 ever that wore black . So 106 in black my loco will be. In real life the P7s boilers were all re-lagged in later years right over the smokebox sides which gave them a fatter appearance . I've mimicked this using fine balsa wood glued on to the boiler barrel and wrapped in paper-thin plastic card.  Still a bit to be done. I'll aso need to re-work the smokebox front etc.,  anyway here she is still in pieces posing for a shot. The tender top also required major surgery as the Aristocraft tender was modelled on a non standard version of the P7 tender and was only correct for one loco in the class for a short period of time DSCN7388DSCN7389DSCN7390   

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