I'm very curious: how does this one compare with your first? What are you finding easier and are you trying anything different with this one that is surprising you? By the way, it's looking fantastic!
Steve, interesting question! First, because it's been such a long process for me I've often forgotten how I solved a particular problem with the first Bogie so have to re-figure things out on the second one! So no efficiencies of scale. But I get the fun of thinking things through twice
The biggest difference is my desire to build to a higher standard. As is often true, I look at my first Bogie and can see all of the misfittings/mistakes/etc. that I made. None of them are large enough to take away my pleasure at having actually built the locomotive and none are very obvious to the casual viewer. But I would just as soon not have them on them on my second locomotive (I'm sure I'll just have different ones). And my skills at building are certainly much better than when I started the first one. So things are working out.
And for this one I have decided not to paint as I go. When I did that last time, I ended up having to work around the painted parts and that was not pleasant. Plus I am going with acrylic paints - no more toxic fumes as I have no good way to vent them. I'm still trying to decide what to use for "chocolate brown".
Having seen your first beautiful Bogie as it took shape and comparing this effort with it, I can confidently state that your skills have indeed improved even though your first effort was a masterwork! Your new Bogie is even that much better and is a joy to watch unfold!
Andy Bernat has finished his sensational 2nd Masterclass Mason Bogie! I think this one may be the best yet, and has a great paint job too.
Andy and Peter Bunce are the only two members to attempt two Mason models from the class!
This is a really neat model Andy, I love it. Also checkout the carry case!
I'd add these photos to the finishes Bogie show-case, but that showcase is about the last remaining section of the original MLS, and I can no longer add to that site.
Please enjoy Andy's new Bogie loco: