GWR Stella 2-4-0


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The model, built to P4 standards, painted and weathered by Tom Mallard, shows an example of the class as running in c1930 at the end of its life, paired with a Dean 2500 gallon tender. It has a B4 boiler with a Belpaire firebox, the later steel cab roof and a smokebox wrapper with snap-head rivets. An example of the 7mm kit, built to represent a member of the class in c1906 condition with round top firebox and polished brass dome and safety valve cover.




To complete


Etched nickel silver frames, motion and brass superstructure

Lost wax, whitemetal and turned fittings

Flexichas suspension

Non-working, ‘dummy’ inside motion

Designed by Martin Finney

 Kit to convert to working Inside Motion - IM6


 Dean 2500 gallon tender or Dean 3000 gallon tender


Driving: 5'2" 16-spoke outside crank - Ultrascale, Alan Gibson, Markits

Leading: 3'8" diameter 10-spoke - Ultrascale, Alan Gibson, Markits

 Motor Designed for a Portescap 1219; alternative is a Mashima
 Gearbox High Level Load Hauler Plus

From 1895 there were 25 basically similar 2-4-0 tender engines although with significant differences depending on their origin; ten were built as broad gauge tanks, ten as standard gauge tanks and five as standard gauge tender engines . Most of these have been accommodated in the design of the kit. As is usual for Great Western engines the most obvious variation is in the boilers. S2 boilers were fitted until the S4 and B4 boilers included in the kit were used from around the turn of the century. From this kit, any of the class can be built from circa 1900 to 1933.

The cab sides of the new engines had a very large cut-out, whereas the new cabs of the rebuilt engines had a smaller cut-out which gave more protection to the crew. With the fitting of Belpaire fireboxes, the cabs were raised to allow the spectacle windows to be refitted. Cab roofs were latterly of steel, replacing the earlier canvas covered wood.

The standard gauge tender engines were initially fitted with standard, Dean 2500 gallon tenders. From the early 20th century many were paired with Dean 2000 gallon tenders originally fitted to 'Dukes' and some kept theseuntil withdrawal. In later years, the majority had the Dean 2500 gallon type and at least one had a tender of 3000 gallons capacity.

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Other Variations/Modifications

Steps: many different arrangements, determined by the origin of the engine.

Smokebox: Latterly many acquired new/overhauled smokeboxes with snaphead rivets and some Churchward type smokebox doors without the ring.

Frame patches: fitted to many in later years.

Firebox side brackets were fitted with a cover on some engines in later years.

Lower front wheel splasher: removed around the time of the Great War.

Coupling rods: originally plain but some engines were subsequently fitted with fluted rods.




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