Please don't hate me Swindonites.
A Dapol 14xx will be converted to an NCB shunter for use on my NCB layouts.
In short I model a colliery and love the 14xx/48xx: the shape, the strange for the UK wheel arrangement and how they look weather and work beaten. This paired with the fact I fancy a detailing project led to this purchase.
A Dapol model that appears to have had a brush or two with orange paint or something and is missing the safety valve. However it does run relativity well!
So the plan:
-Detail with new handrails and smokebox door dart
-Replace the safety valve (any ideas where from?)
-Renumber it with etched numberplates
-Repaint (maroon with yellow bufferbeams and rods)
-Cutting the chassis about so daylight is visible beneath the boiler
-Replacing the traction tired wheels with none traction tired (I would prefer smooth running over high pulling power)
-Probably some other bits I haven't thought of yet
*I also know representing a none auto gear fitted loco would be more prototypical, but I like the idea of a 14xx being sold off to industry. Maybe being used on a light railways auto coach workings before being sold to the colliery? A fictional history will come eventually explaining how the loco arrived at the colliery. So I guess that's something to look forward too?
Would love some input!