I know there has been some descusion about the Model Rail Magazine limited eddition model that is due out soon.
I have produced this because I wanted to and I have no plans to produce the etches as a conversion kit.
There are a few ideas I wanted to try out and see if they were possible and the worked out ok.
Some of the windows needed filling in and some of the doors removing I shaved off the door hinges, bump stops and handles with a No: 9 Swan Morton scalpel blade and put them in a zip lock bag for use later or on another project at some time and then filled the door lines and sanded to give a smooth finish.
I then ghanged to small end doors windows so they had portholes rather than full windows.
The etch was designed to be laminated and then fitted from the insite of the carriage side using the space that Bachmann have given in the platic moulding.
The next thing was to build the louverd venerlation grills, I wantted a very prototypical look to them so I designed all three grills with indevidual leaves set at an angle of 35Â° this should give the best look when painted the were etched using .15mm thickness Brass, the lover leaves just push into place in the frames and are held in place with a tiny drop of super glue applied from some .45 nickel silver hand rail wire at each end.
The holes for the grills were cut in the body side after each grill was finished, so each hole would be fitted exactly to the drill.
Once the grills were finished the window frames were next as Bachmann have produced there Mk1 sides with out the overlapping frames and 975280 has them so I designed a set of frames to sit in the window aperture left after the Bachmann window glazing had been removed.
These were designed with a step etched into the rear and produced using .125mm thick Stainless Steel this is very thin in it's own right and thin enough to follow the curve of the Mk1 tumble home giving the right effect, they were fitted using super glue and the wire a drop in each corner first the fill in the gaps between the corners from the inside.
The last majour thing to do was to remove the ribs on the roof and some of the air vents with the No: 9 Swan Morton scalpel blade used in a scraping action, being such a wide blade it levels off the platic its self and no need for any heavy sanding, the roof dose not have to be perfictly smooth as the hint of the old rib is enough to give the look of the prototype when painted.
There will be more to follow as I get to the painting stage.
There are plenty of refrence pictures of this carriage on the internet.
If you have any questions please ask?
Edited by Pete Harvey, 07 May 2012 - 22:05 .