My First Aster - A Schools

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My First Aster - A Schools

Post by angr607 » Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:57 pm

Despite having a number of Gauge one models for a while and a number of small shunters to run, I've always been longing a steam engine of my own. Thanks to selling off one of my 16mm engines and some birthday money, I was able to afford this! A Aster Schools.

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Plans are to take off the smoke deflectors (make it relatively unique in that regard) and a repaint into SR Maunsell Green in time. The perfect engine to run with my current and future rolling stock. When it gets repainted it will end up as 928 Stowe which I'm told has run without smoke deflectors in preservation.

Just need to come out of lockdown and get it to the model engineering club so I can get it running with their help! Rolls very freely though which is a relief.

Hopefully it won't be long until it has a pair of others joining it (A H class and a M7)!

Jon
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Re: My First Aster - A Schools

Post by Garethh » Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:32 am

Lovely, big fan of a schools class!

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Post by philipy » Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:51 am

Garethh wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:32 am
Lovely, big fan of a schools class!

Me too, ever since an eponymous 5" scratchbuilt model was donated to my school back in 19.......! To my mind they never look right 'naked' ,without the smoke deflectors, though.

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Re: My First Aster - A Schools

Post by Andrew » Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:50 am

That's a beauty! It'll look wonderful at the head of your carriages...
philipy wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:51 am
To my mind they never look right 'naked' ,without the smoke deflectors, though.
Yes, I've always thought that too. For me it's the same with any loco that usually wears them - I think the Bluebell's S15 is running without them at the moment, and it just doesn't look quite right to my eye...

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Re: My First Aster - A Schools

Post by BertieB » Sat Feb 20, 2021 12:40 pm

Oh Wow! Looks terrific. And it wears its smoke deflectors really well, I reckon.

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Re: My First Aster - A Schools

Post by Jimmyb » Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:09 am

At least they look like British smoke deflectors, unlike a certain preserved loco ;)

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