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BR Mk2a BSO (from Lima Mk2b BFK)

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Posted 27 Feb 2016, revised 26 June 2016.

 

Lima made models of three BR mark 2b coaches in H0 scale: a TSO, an FK and a BFK. The BFK would be a strange choice for a model in any scale - only 9 were made - but it suits a conversion into an example of the more plentiful mark 2a BSO. The BSO was always a favourite coach to travel in because the seats got first-class legroom and larger tables.

 

Here are some photos of what I did ...

 

1. Remodel the two wrap-around doors at the passenger end to make two flat doors
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2.Tidy up the brake end to remove unwanted door detail. Also pare off unwanted moulding lines on the body sides, and remove the gutters from the ends
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3. Make a new interior (I used seats from a Lima TSO)
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4. Remove all of the roof detail except the toilet vents and fit new vents (I used turned brass vents for 4mm scale from Markits - one pack does two coaches)
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5. Add some weight to the bogies - I formed a strip of lead into a coil and jammed it in with superglue to make sure it stays put
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6. Add another strip of lead on top (glue with epoxy resin), and drop in new wheels and axles. I started with Markits 10.5 mm wheels on their 24.5 mm axles (this photo) but these are rather sloppy in the Lima bogies. I have since swapped these for 10.5 mm wheels on 25 mm axles by Steam Era Models and these run as though they were tailor-made.
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I dare not refit the roof for a final photo because it is so difficult to remove. Painting to follow one day.

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