I'm going to combine my thread and blog a bit more, and focus on whats on my workbench in the thread, and make the blog posts a bit more concise, as I felt I was over-posting on the blog with the result that there wasn't much difference between posts. Threads feel a bit more like a story, so it makes sense to show progress here.
No.805 'Suddery Cathedral'
No.704 'Duke of Gordon'
No.503 'Colonel Henry Regaby'
No. 301 'Thomas Allen'
As with all modellers, I'm amassing a box full of spare bodies, chassis, and general bits and pieces, so every now and again, I think to myself 'What if I stuck this onto that, this here, dipped it in glue, then rolled it in the box?'
These are the misadventures with my fictional freelance fleet.
Most recently, I purchased a rather playworn (But working) Hornby 'Thomas' to donate its chassis and various parts to my E2 project. This left me with a margate-spec chassis and a still-smiling body.
Not smiling for long though, as out came the tools. My general aim with this one is to turn it into a powerful-looking industrial loco.
Firstly, the cab was cut up using a circular saw dremel attachment.
I've always liked the angled bunker of the Hunslet 50550 class, so the bunker was duly cut, then spaced with strips of plasticard.
A rear brace for the cab was added
I also rather like the distinctive cabs of the Lambton locos, and as this was to be an industrial loco, I wanted to modify the cab to fit in a similar loading gauge. In this case, the narrow cab of the E2 (Upon which this is based) rather lends itself to the modifications.
Strips of plasticard with slots for the side tanks, then cut diagonally.
Glued to the cab sides
The innards of the bunker are added
and the rear of the cab also gets extenders
Here it is, plonked in place to show the intended appearance
Meanwhile, as I had no desire to lower the running plate, the front splashers were unnecessary and removed.
I've got a hankering to extend the boiler by adding a longer smokebox wrapper, along with the bufferbeam, and make allowance for outside cylinders.
Next job is to fix those holes in the running plate, though. Currently waiting for the miliput to dry so it can be sanded and a coat of filler primer added to the rear.
Hope you enjoy, it's a bit of fun, after all!
Edited by Corbs, 10 September 2017 - 20:41 .