The 3mm leds arrived today from Express Models. Really are superb quality lights - relatively cheap and very easy to use. Their service really is an express one and these have again, like all my other orders, arrived very timely indeed. I've stuck a couple in the ends of short pieces of plastic straw and used them as directional lighting (tiny spots) to highlight the front of the 9F. A couple have also been stuck down a couple of the smoke hoods to simulate the sunlight coming down them as it would on the prototype. I've had to be careful not to use too many lights at the front because they would simply drown out the lighting effect at the rear of the model. It's been quite a balancing act but I think it's just about right now.
David Shepherd's superb painting and my take on it.
I quite like the black and white versions.
The Bachmann model is unbelievably detailed and it has been beautifully weathered. British RTR is really cheap when you compare it with the European stuff - we really are lucky and seem to be able to have twice as much for the same price! Note the plastic Dapol model in the road next to it - this has turned out quite good for a layout filler.
I don't think I can go any further with the project now except to take a few more pics of my diesels etc. You could literally spend hours and hours adjusting the lights, taping over the holes in the roof and making new ones, but I think the effects would be more or less the same. It's been an interesting exercise and has provided plenty of food for though with regards layout lighting for the future.