Building a Polly VI
locomotive from a kit
So who am I?
I am a retired Chartered Surveyor who spent all my working life reviewing Residential Properties from the very small run down units to the large multi bedroom residences with large attached estate. I have had a long interest in model engineering and built my first Loco a Sweet Pea 0-4-0 from castings from Blackgates which I started in 1981 and completed in 1987.
So what is the point of this web site ?
I have been building a Stirling Single locomotive since about 1990 and it is still uncompleted. I saw the range of Polly Model Kit locomotives at a Polly Owners Group Day in 2014 at the Sheppey Model Railway Society having first seen a Polly locomotive close up at my own club the Maidstone Model Engineering Society and the model which attracted me most was a Polly VI.
I thought long and hard about the kit and when my wife fell ill and we had to cancel a cruise I decided that now was the right time to build a kit loco and hope that it would also ensure I made progress with the Stirling Single by at least indicating the order in which things should be done.
The first payment to Polly Models was made on 7th November 2014 and this web site will take the reader through the various kits as they arrive and how they are put together.
I have decided on the colours that the loco will be painted, Azure Blue, Black Frames outside and Red inside and I will be using Craft Master Paints
The build from first payment to Polly to running the loco under steam fully certificated was 282 days.
I made up a tray from a small sheet ply about 3mm thick and 300x300mm and edged in 10mm square timber so that small parts can be taken out of their packets and placed in the tray and thus reduce the likelihood of loss of parts !
Tools as used
Small square file to open out the square hole in the front buffer.
Metric 13 Spanner to tighten up the front Hook
a pair of Metric 8 spanners to tighten up the bolts and nuts holding the buffers to the frames.
5/8" open ended spanner to tighten up the buffer stock nuts.
More tools have been needed but I forgot to update this list so can only say sorry if you wanted a full list !
A note of caution
Whilst this is a machined kit I have found and mentioned in the presentation where I have had to make amendments to the machined parts. Almost always the build instructions have mentioned where parts may have to be filed to fit this is not always the case. If you are in any doubt then as I did Email Polly and they will put you right as I have found then to be very helpful.