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Another JohnS14/02/2022 19:26:29
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Living over here on the left side of the Atlantic, one of our club members has a completed Martin Evans' 5" gauge Stirling Single locomotive, just sitting needing a splash of paint. I've volunteered to give a bit of help and encouragement.

I've been trying to find a good set of photos of what the painting/lining looks like. Being a "black or unlined green is perfect" type of person, I'd like to see some good pics on-line if possible, about what is lined when and where.

I know there's one somewhere in preservation; I think at the NRM in York, but last time I was there I was enthralled in the beautifully designed-for-purpose Q1, so an old brightly painted thing was not on my radar nor in my camera viewfinder. Sorry.

Can someone point me to a website or two that may have good pictures of the prototype, or of good pics of models? There must be at least one site with good info, but my google-fu is not up to it today.

Thank you - John.

Clive Brown 114/02/2022 19:55:59
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Pedant alert, but I don't recall Martin Evans publishing a GNR Stirling Single 4-2-2 design, but he did for the MR Johnson Single 4-2-2.. Examples of both are at the NRM.

So do you want green or red, (crimson)?

Roderick Jenkins14/02/2022 20:07:18
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The Stirling single in preservation is the 8 footer 4-2-2 in the National Railway Museum, though I'm not sure at which site it is currently on display. Martin Evan's design is for a 2-2-2 and, sadly, I dont think one still exists.



Former Member14/02/2022 20:08:46
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Another JohnS14/02/2022 21:38:03
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Hmmm - good point on the prototype - my lack of education in the finer things south of Hadrians' wall is coming to light.

It is 5" gauge, and I'm certain it's a Martin Evans' design, one driving axle. Thanks for the hints - learning about a new side to the prototypes is always a good thing.

Br: The Q1 is fantastic. I've finished a Shay, working on Martin Evans' Ivatt, and wondering what the next will be. I have plans for (and a cab-side number plate) from the SSN 23023 (DB class 23 2-6-2) and the writeup (in Dutch, of course) of the construction notes. Then there's a Heisler by Kozo Hiraoka, or a gauge 1 project, or a "Jack" Hunslet in 1:32 or... finish the 7-1/4 Stourbridge Lion, sister to Agenoria in the NRM...

Roderick Jenkins14/02/2022 23:05:30
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From the Blackgates catalogue:

222 stirling.jpg


Luker15/02/2022 04:47:43
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Hi John,

I built no 49, which would be similar to Martin Evan’s design (a little more detailed especially on the backplate, and the splashers weren’t closed). The closest greens I found were Dulux Indian Ivy 1 & 2.This was matched from colour chips I found in a book describing Britain’s liveries from 1825-1948. The lining schematic can be found in ‘The Stirling Singles’ by Leech. Sorry I can’t find a way to upload Pdfs? I did do a small write-up for ME on the painting and lining of the Stirling in ‘Zen and the Art of Model Painting and Lining’ if you want to dig that up. If you wan't specific pictures please let me know and I'll upload them for you. A short video of my Stirling…

Dave Smith 1415/02/2022 09:42:33
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Over on MECH, this thread details painting a Stirling.

Stirling Single

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Roderick Jenkins31/03/2022 21:56:04
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No.1, the 4-2-2 8ft Stirling Single, featured in tonight's repeat of Miles Kington's "Steam Days" currently being repeated on BBC 4 and iPlayer.


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