Tuesday, 27 April 2010
A recent project is this 08 based on the original Bachmann release - this is the first thing I've done with it, which shows how long I've had it sitting doing nothing! So, this is a nice economical way of kick starting a new project - the outlay so far has only been the wheels from Gibson and a set of rods from Brassmasters - even with my current situation I can just justify it!
An excellent article by Gareth Bayer on his Class 13 appeared in Rail Express No. 93 and I freely admit I have stolen a good number of ideas and techniques from it! Although about the Tinsley Class 13, they were of course modified 08 locos so a lot of things could be used here.
The main task so far have been rewheeling and the bodyside door panels - the Bachmann doors lack the distinctive raised centres of the doors. A simple remedy using Evergreen 5 thou plastic sheet as Gareth recommends. Other wise I've had a bit of work modifying the various equipment boxes on the running boards; nothing wrong with the Bachmann model as such, but the ones supplied don't match the loco I'm modelling. If buying new, you can, of course, buy a base model which more suits your needs.
And this is what I am aiming for; 08 632, pictured at Scunthorpe (photo 'borrowed' from John Turner's excellent photo site!) -
Of course it would have been easier to base the model on a newer Hornby Class 08 but this is still a very satisfying project and one I will report on in the not too distant future!