Steve Johnson Modelmaker
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Armoured Simplex 0-4-0PM
Simplex offered two more types of locomotive for use in the First World War, offering the driver a bit more protection than the standard Bow Framed version. One was the 'Protected' featuring rudimentary side and top protection, whereas the other, the 'Armoured' was fully enclosed in light armour. It was this armour that earned them the nickname of 'Tin Turtle'. After the war, a number found use on industrial railways.
I have built an Armoured Simplex from the Meridian Models range, although the kit will in fact produce both types. The armoured version consists of white metal castings that are simply glued together. Some small etch brass details, such as the visors and vent plates are fitted afterwards. The Greenwich couplers were fitted to the end and the small cast silencer sits on the roof and completes construction.
I used the Meridian Models MPD18 motor bogie that has parts to adapt the bogie for a snug fit in the body. Painted in olive drab, the etched brass number plates were fitted to the ends to complete.
A quick and easy model to make, it adds something unusual to the narrow gauge section.