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37521 renunbering

Posted by The Fatadder , 15 February 2018 - - - - - - · 174 views
Sometimes a project comes about through planning, others it comes through chance. This project is defiantly driven by the latter.
After reading mention of DRS Class 37 ends produced by Rainbow Models on another thread, I clicked through to have a look what else they might have to offer. The first thing I saw on entering their website was a set of Bac...


Class 58s finished

Posted by The Fatadder , 04 February 2018 - - - - - - · 219 views
58015, 58047
As an interlude between body and chassis on my GW 47xx build I have cracked on with finishing the class 58s. 
The first job was to refit the door handrail plates to 58047 on EWS, all of which are now glued in place finishing the loco for now. Eventually I may do some further work on this loco, it was originally intended to be my other favourite Clas...



Posted by The Fatadder , 31 January 2018 - - - - - - · 308 views
Back in April 2008 (according to the RMWeb archive) I started a project renumbering a Heljan Class 58 in Mainline branded triple grey as 58015. While the paint was very thin preventing my usual renumbering method, it was a very close match to that from Phoenix so the cab sides were resprayed. Unfortunately Heljan made a complete mess of the rest of the...


Virgin 47817

Posted by The Fatadder , 13 January 2018 - - - - - - · 309 views
Paint, transfers and a coat of varnish now finished and 47817 is on the home straight.  
It just needs to be fitted with a window which was damaged in removal from the body.  
The only other task remaining is to fit the handrails to the cab doors, at which point it will be good to go 


Virgin 47817

Posted by The Fatadder , 13 January 2018 - - - - - - · 296 views
Yet another old project, this one was started in 2010.... It should have been a simple renumbering job, along with upgrading the roof. The Vi Trains paint had other thoughts however, requiring a repaint to remove the old numbers, the Phoenix Virgin dark grey turned out to be a lot lighter than the model so currently it looks rather odd  http://...


Tractor bashing - a blast from the past

Posted by The Fatadder , 12 January 2018 - - - - - - · 355 views
Back in the mists of time when Bachmann released their truly awful first attempt at a Class 37, a number of us started trying to find ways to make it look something like the real thing. The idea was that the Lima roof and cantrail were far superior (for those unaware Bachmann originally got the cantrail area badly wrong), while the Bachmann cab and tumbl...


Virgin Cross County loco hauled: improving Hornby Mk2e

Posted by The Fatadder , 10 January 2018 - - - - - - · 341 views
Mk2e, Virgin, 1998
My future layout plans call for a rake of Virgin and Intercity mk2 coaches to run with my Virgin Class 47s, while this is primarily aimed for a future exhibition layout (which isn’t planned to cut timber for another 3 or 4 years at best). There is an outside possibility of building some long cassettes and having a play with it on Wheal Imogen however.


TDA continued

Posted by The Fatadder , 07 January 2018 - - - - - - · 314 views
The TDA is now almost ready for the paint shop, with some. S Kits bogies fitted (along with some Maygib steel wheels). A roof walkway has been created out of two Bachmann TTA walkways  
The wagon now just needs discharge equipment, the end walkway / ladder and the hand rails, then it’s food for paint 


Virgin XC TSRB

Posted by The Fatadder , 30 December 2017 - - - - - - · 258 views
Virgin HST
Way back in 2006/7 I converted a Hornby mk3 buffet into a TSFB buffet for a Virgin XC rake, the conversion was fairly straight forward (I used the window frames from a set of Hurst Models etched sides glued into position). At the time I sprayed it into Virgin red, the first coat was a nightmare with really poor coverage, while the second peeled off with t...


2017 in review

Posted by The Fatadder , 30 December 2017 - - - - - - · 70 views

Third time lucky tying this…. 
2017 in review:
This year saw a return to “modern image modelling” with the start of Wheal Imogen, as such a few old projects have been taken out of storage to finish off for the layout. The first out of storage was the TUA slurry tank conversion, with the body work now finished and the model just needing the bogie...

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