Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Western Brakegear

This loco has been awaiting a solution for a while now. The plastic brakegear which is supplied by Heljan with their loco is quite poor really and once fitted is no where near the wheel treads! The loco is in 00, so the supplied brake gear may work in P4, but I haven't tried it with P4 wheels. Either way, whatever gauge is required I think this will look much better -

Heljan Class 52 Western with new etched brakegear.
I've begun to fit etched brakegear from Brassmasters. The detailing etches are intended to be used with the Lima Western but still provide useful parts for this example. It's not the easiest thing to fit to the Heljan model as the Heljan bogie base/keeper plate requires careful modification to remove the protrusions which cover the axle gear wheels. This leaves the bottom with holes which could allow dust and dirt in but thankfully the new etched plate for the brakegear covers the holes perfectly!

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