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How time flies....


TT-Pete

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Crikey, it’s been 5 months since I have done any serious railway modelling. Constructing and populating a granny annexe took every free moment over the Summer, but now with the dust settled and my workshop/mancave finally set up only 8 months after having moved in, I have the luxury of dark Winter modelling evenings ahead.

 

Looking through my boxes of half-finished projects, I have decided to take the half-built Class 23 “Baby Deltic” in hand.

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I started this project quite a few years ago, inspired by the efforts of the Baby Deltic project at Barrow Hill who are in the process of cutting n’ shutting a class 37 to recreate an example of this extinct locomotive class: http://www.thebabydelticproject.co.uk/

 

Lying about in my rejects/scrap box I had an example of the old J&L models 3mm scale class 40 resin body. I had high hopes of this model when I first bought it in about 2001, but the quality and detail of both the whitemetal castings and the resin body itself left a lot to be desired, so even though their attempt to cater for 3mm modellers was to be commended, I thought that there was just too much rework needed to make it worthwhile.

 

So chopping it up to make a Class 23 seemed to make much more sense… :pardon:

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First off I used a scaled-down drawing to 1:101 scale from Colin Marsden’s “British Rail Main Line Diesel Locomotives” and cut n’shut the Whistler body shell to the correct dimensions.

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Having previously used the chassis from the Piko Taurus loco to good effect in my class 73 I decided to sacrifice yet another of these beasties.

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The good thing about these mechanisms is that the wheels are close enough to scale 3’6” diameter and a wheelbase not far off 8’6” – as long as you don’t look too closely. The bogie sideframe cradles are clip fit and can be easily adapted to carry new sideframes.

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The actual chassis itself is just a simple lump of some kind of lead alloy, easy to work with a hacksaw, bastard file and brute ignorance. The bogie centre dimensions are however much too close together, so I cut the chassis in two and grafted in extensions made out of plasticard glued in with Araldite.

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A trawl through my various bits boxes has turned up some suitable bogie sideframes (from a class 20 or 25 I think) and assorted panels, grilles, louvres, buffers etc…

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Final assembly can now commence…

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populating a granny annexe took every free moment over the Summer

 

Surely they can't be that hard to catch :P

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Hmmm. Catching them in the first place isn't the issue (they move very slowly and with a butterfly net big enough...), getting them decamped out after 6 months of "camping" in your dining room so that it can be turned into a railway modelling workshop/den of iniquity, now that's another matter.

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