The second Lima arrived on Monday morning along with the Fox Transfers - I only ordered both of these on the 31st Jan!!! Great service. I also ordered a Hornby shunter detailing kit and some Flush glazing from another supplier - still no news!! It seems that not all suppliers have an enlightened attitude toward customer service. I'm not inclined to name names because I don't know how this would go down. However, as it turned out, they did me a favor.
Right out of the box from ebay - exactly as advertised and cost £32 + p&p. I ordered this from Greg Diffen and I'd just like to say thank you for the very prompt service.
I couldn't wait for the flush glazing so thought why not have a go myself. I found an interest site on the web about using soft plastic for making your own windows. My wife is an ardent recycler so I raided her boxes and found a suitable piece of plastic. This was simply held up inside the openings, scribed and then cut out with scissors. I used a little sharpening block (those that come in the cheap blade sets) and sanded down to the scribed lines. Turned out quite good and I'm pleased with the overall effect.
Small slithers of masking tape was used to paint on the return wasp stripes. Any paint creep was dealt with the end of a sharp scalpel blade. I've tried to be a lot more neater with the drill holes for the handles on the Master Unit this time.
The Fox transfers - which are quite frankly brilliant - were applied with a very steady hand and a lot of patience. I use cocktail sticks to position and ear buds to help mop up the water once they are in the correct place. The transfers really bring the model to life.
A comparison shot with my superb Bachmann Class 08.
On the basis that you can't make a Silk Purse out of a Pig's Ear the effort hasn't turned out too bad. The Master runs well on the test track although it does sound a bit like a Coffee Grinder and lacks the nice slow running capacity of Modern models. However, given that this is my first conversion of anything and that it all came in for a little under £50 I've got a nice little unusual shunter - even though it does look out of place on my Cheslyn layout.