Greetings. I have inherited a partially built Britannia 5" gauge from a deceased uncle who spent 30 of his last 40 years working on it. The locomotive chassis and running gear is virtually complete; boiler, firebox, smokebox built but no fittings attached. There is no cab or other platework and the tender is only a frame. This was a scratch build and what research I have done makes it likely from Perrier drawings. I have these, shopworn but legible. He also made a host of valves, the superheater and various control boxes. None are attached and all unlabeled. I intend to try to complete this, probably not very quickly.
I have downloaded every photo of a model build I can plus ones of the actual locomotives and these will certainly be of a huge aid in building the parts one can see. It is the others that are the catch ...... I have bought a few books of a general guide (ex. Martin Evans) but I need more specifics for this engine.
Does anyone know if there are "instructions" available?. Even if they are not for the Perrier build, they could still be useful.
If you haven't already found it, my website at www.britanniabuilder.com describes my kit build of a Modelworks Britannia. This is largely based on the Perrier/Spink drawings and the photos may prove useful. There are also links there to photos of 70000 and 70013.
Indeed I have seen your site! In fact, this was what I had primarily in mind when I said I had scoured the internet for sources. It is a great read as well as tremendously informative.
As much as I would like to concentrate on the "working parts" of the locomotive, I think instead I will go for the tender chassis and fabricating the cab first - the things visually documented - and deal with the more (to me) opaque issues later.
In some sense I have been gifted a kit, probably with less issues in fabrication than you point out with Modelworks, but the jigsaw has many bits missing and my uncle, while meticulous, took pride in deviating from scripts and I have already seen evidence of this here vis-a-vis the build and the drawings.