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by strettonsteamer
Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Merlin Leek and Manifold
Replies: 38
Views: 2935

Re: Merlin Leek and Manifold

I think the loco was still there in 1986 when Wendy Davies made three of us redundant as 'cost cutting' measures. She probably sold the model on to raise cash to keep the company afloat. She never liked the L&M model and only liked a model if it was black! She completely ran the company into the gro...
by strettonsteamer
Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Merlin Leek and Manifold
Replies: 38
Views: 2935

Re: Merlin Leek and Manifold

The photos were taken by my father Don Pearse. They are not copyright or anything. He just used to photograph anything new so we had some images. As this is the raised bunker loco I think the crimson lake livery would suit it with the single straw coloured lining. Just out of interest do you know wh...
by strettonsteamer
Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Merlin Leek and Manifold
Replies: 38
Views: 2935

Re: Merlin Leek and Manifold

Just for info here a couple of images of the Merlin prototype.

Ian
by strettonsteamer
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Merlin Leek and Manifold
Replies: 38
Views: 2935

Re: Merlin Leek and Manifold

This sounds like the original prototype as it has the one-piece frames. The Merlin model was made to 16mm scale and turned out very big, too big for most people! When I did the Pearse Locos model for GRS we did it to 15mm scale , as I think Roundhouse may have also done. By the time we did this mode...
by strettonsteamer
Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Merlin Leek and Manifold
Replies: 38
Views: 2935

Re: Merlin Leek and Manifold

This looks very much like the original Merlin L&M prototype. I would need to see an image of the underneath, especially the rear bogie as I put it together. The upper works were all done by Tony Sant, including the boiler, smokebox and body, that is if this is the Merlin prototype and not the Mac Mu...
by strettonsteamer
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Merlin Spares
Replies: 8
Views: 1052

Re: Merlin Spares

Hi Gareth
The Merlin banjo thread size is M5 x 0.8mm. They also used PTFE washers to seal the joint.
Hope this helps.
Regards
Ian
by strettonsteamer
Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Help & Advice
Topic: Pearce Lew
Replies: 1
Views: 465

Re: Pearce Lew

The main driving wheels slide on the axles when you have slackened off the grub screws in the boss on the rear of the wheel. The axles are dimpled so no worries about getting the correct back to back measurement. As new the locos were supplied with pony truck wheel sets for both 32mm and 45mm track....
by strettonsteamer
Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Dating a Merlin Major
Replies: 5
Views: 1329

Re: Dating a Merlin Major

Hi Mike. As far as I can remember set the crank pins to either 3 o'clock or 9 o'clock which will give you mid throw and the stainless steel bit of the piston valve should be sticking out from the valve block by 3.5 mm. You may have to remove the dummy etched brass cover from the valve chest to get a...
by strettonsteamer
Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Photographs
Topic: Lets start a Merlin locomotive picture thread
Replies: 36
Views: 7675

Re: Lets start a Merlin locomotive picture thread

Now here is a blast from the past! I made this model for myself as a 'one off' as an extended W&L Hunslet No 14. The inspiration came from some of the Indian Narrow Gauge 2 foot gauge locos built by Kerr Stuart. The longer boiler, body, and some of the valve gear was built by Tony Sant of Finescale ...
by strettonsteamer
Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Dating a Merlin Major
Replies: 5
Views: 1329

Re: Dating a Merlin Major

Your Major was made post 1986 after myself and Peter and his wife Margaret were made redundant by Wendy Davies. The twin channel valve gear was probably developed by either Mark Wigley or John Lancaster. I know production had really stopped by 1991. This is a really nice model with quite a few upgra...