I debated including this photo in the previous post because it was already enough of a rambling catch up so here’s a follow-up post to mark this point in this model’s development. That’s the second iteration chassis in place inside the kit. The hornblocks and wheelsets are unmodified as they’ve appeared previously in the first iteration chassis.
I mentioned my concern that this subchassis would be visible when viewing the model from the top. On the finished model this wouldn’t be a huge problem because the area at the back of the engine (the “not the hood and motor end”) is covered mostly by a steel plate and the transmission leaving only the front (the “hood and motor end”) open and where this end of the chassis could be visible. I love how this looks from the side. The smaller diameter Slaters wheels are close to the correct diameter (little tiny bit too big but that’s really good in this context) and the overall ride height leaves a model that’s much more of that hunkered-down, Lister powerhouse look.
This is the first time I’ve put these two parts together and do you ever notice the weight of the model. If I do spring both axles those springs will need to be substantial and for a while now I’ve been of the mindset that I’d actually fix the front axle into place and leave the trailing axle as the floating one.