Following the stabbing incident (see previous post), I resorted to milling and filing the remaining cast bits off the Fairlie kit, including cutting the manifolds off the top of the boiler barrel.
The bother with the Langley Fairlie kit, as I am sure many listeners are aware, is that it is the length of a pre-hunslet boiler Fairlie. When the FR invested in 2 double Fairlie boilers from Hunslet in the late 1960s for use on Merddin Emrys and Earl of Merioneth, Hunslet produced what is in effect 2 Ladies boilers back to back which means they are longer than the originals.
As an interesting aside, when David Lloyd George was produced, it reverted to an original length boiler, but the new boiler for James Spooner is Hunslet length as it is going to be the new “standard” although, as Ffestiniog regulars know, standard on the FR often refers just as much to one-offs as it does to standardisation.
This meant a cut and shut job with the Langley. However I still want the chassis to line up properly so instead of doing it in the firebox area I did it part way along each of the barrels and then will use the valence covers to mimic the longer fireboxes. To provide a stronger joint I cut the bodywork and the frame at different points. It’s a good thing the whole thing will be covered given the awful slant I managed in the cut in one end!
To provide further rigidity I used left over copper clad sleepers to provide joiners between the tank tops.