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The Worst Diesel Locos in the World? - Part 2 "Paint Your Wagon"



After a brisk start , this project seems to have gone to sleep again. 


Not quite true - in the last 10 days I've actually managed to paint the bodyshell, and matters now stand thus:




I see I have managed to capture the corner where one of the window pillars became damaged and had to be repaired. It looks much worse blown up to around 7mm scale. I also haven't removed the Maskol from the handrails


Transfers are Modelmaster (someone said he's dropping transfers?) and the etched NBL diamonds are 247


All it now needs is a coat of matt varnish - and a working chassis to put it on


(As an aside I now have a further excuse to own one of these locos. There's a group talking about building a replica Class 21 Class 21 replica project  - and from them I learn:



the Pilot series D6100-6109 ran via Newcastle and York to Doncaster, where D6100 infamously seized it's engine on trials to Spalding and New Holland Pier. Eventually, following a return trip for modifications, they and D6110-37 ran out of Kings Cross, and Liverpool Street,


The possibility of running one in Lincolnshire - maybe even at a pinch on the E Lincs line - hadn't occurred to me)


I've also added a little representational buffer beam detail. When I were a little lad (ok, armed with an ABC..) buffer beam detail seemed to be the core of diesel modelling. It was almost the whole of "detailing a diesel" - and as I used tension-locks in those days it was out of the question for me. These days I use Kadees, which though neater still swing, and I've still pretty restricted in what I can do below the buffer beam. I do try to do something but it veers from the representational to the frankly vestigial.


However all Hornby attempted in the 1980s was a vague blob where the coupling hook should be, and so something had to be done to fill up a notably "busy" area. I've now replaced the blob with a proper whitemetal coupling hook, and fashioned a very rough representation of the two large jumper sockets on the buffer beam out of the ends of two Langley cast speedo cables, with a bit of cable - probably overscale - looped up to one side. It's not much, but it's something , and should be a significant improvement on the starting point. I'm not 100% sure about the shade of red on the buffer beam , but looking at the photo above I think it might be ok

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Looking good! I've a soft spot for these unloved engines, your's is really looking the part.

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The varnish coat is now on, and the SE Finecast glazing has gone in this evening. It's not ideal stuff, but it's a great deal better than the starting point. The cab front windows and quarter lights have been left unglazed as obviously the SE Finecast glazing won't fit the Shawplan etches. I will therefore have to fret suitable glazing out of clear plastic , and this is a job I'm really not looking forward to. I drew card templates for the glazing by drawing round the inside of one of the etches  before it was glued in place. However how I hold these securely in place on clear plastic sheet while I cut round them - but without damaging/smearing the said clear plastic , and still allowing the template to be ? peeled off? afterwards I'm not quite sure.....

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