Between the hectic holidays, and having to put my always present furry friend and "model shop companion" to sleep
, I haven't felt like, or been inspired to do any real modeling.....so I pulled out an old project which I had started some years ago, and decided to just mess around with it.
These are some catalog examples of similar prototypes....the range and diversity of these portable boilers was quite extensive...plus, over time they were often heavily worked on by their owners or local blacksmiths & foundries...so it allows for a good bit of improvisation/interpretation.....perfect for just fussing at the bench.
The project started using a fairly poor quality Tom Yorke plaster boiler casting that was given to me by a friend. When I last stopped working on it I had only gotten the boiler and the water tank completed...so everything else is pretty much from the last 2 days....which now puts me at about 50% complete.
The water tank is a cut down and modified Grandt line Oil Drum, the white metal parts are from my scrap/parts bin, and are most likely from Western Scale Models, the front whees are Photo etched copper parts from what I believe was a Verlinden Airfield Cart kit; Pipe fittings are from Grand & PSC...The rest of the parts & small detailing are made from styrene.
...as you can see, it is not really an forground or up-close quality model....but once properly painted & weathered it should be just fine as diorama clutter, or stuck in a shed/barn.