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On 13/06/2020 at 21:32, dj_crisp said:

It would be very nice... but as I have no way of doing it I'm ok with the next best thing which imo is the lima shell. I tried building a PH etch but that didnt look right which was probably my building skills. I've got 8 in the fleet so really didn't think it was worth the effort so stuck with the lima offering for the side grille. TBH most moving parts are a bit naff as the moving door also irritates as that's a little small - mine are all glued shut!

There was an RMWeb member a while back (based on when I started Superb it was 2009 so rather more than a while)  who was selling a very nice resin casting of the grills.  Most annoyingly I only ever purchased one set, so the other 5 locos still have the Hornby grill.  Does make a big difference.  Its a shame Mr Hanson didnt cover the side grills at the same time the Extreme Etchings roof / window details were released...

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On 15/06/2020 at 12:21, The Fatadder said:

There was an RMWeb member a while back (based on when I started Superb it was 2009 so rather more than a while)  who was selling a very nice resin casting of the grills.  Most annoyingly I only ever purchased one set, so the other 5 locos still have the Hornby grill.  Does make a big difference.  Its a shame Mr Hanson didnt cover the side grills at the same time the Extreme Etchings roof / window details were released...

 

It'll be really nice to have some castings or Brian to have a go!

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On 15/06/2020 at 12:21, The Fatadder said:

There was an RMWeb member a while back (based on when I started Superb it was 2009 so rather more than a while)  who was selling a very nice resin casting of the grills.  Most annoyingly I only ever purchased one set, so the other 5 locos still have the Hornby grill.  Does make a big difference.  Its a shame Mr Hanson didnt cover the side grills at the same time the Extreme Etchings roof / window details were released...

 

That I might be the one and only Mike Buick @scoobyra who produced some excellent Class 50 grilles. 

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On 18/06/2020 at 01:34, surfsup said:

 

That I might be the one and only Mike Buick @scoobyra who produced some excellent Class 50 grilles. 

 

It wasn't me, but I am selling them now if anyone's interested.

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Yes please Mike. I’ll send you a PM.

 

Guy

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A few mobile phone shots in the gloom of a pair of 33s I've been working on;

 

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Both need a bit of underframe weathering to tone things down but overall I'm quite happy with them. Inspiration came as both had been sitting on my work bench following DCC concepts decoder failures and so while replacing them with some old lenz decoders I decided to add a shawplan roof fan, and while messing about thinned the hejlan roof pod;

 

 

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The fan etch is one of my favourite shawplan etches and there is an excellent you tube video out there on how to make them. It's a pity they're hard to see so I've added red tips so they're a bit more noticable ;)

 

 

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Being a Kadee user made fitting ploughs to 204 tricky... so i had a few broken ploughs; chopped them down a bit and did a low tech bend some scrap brass type of bodge. They're removable if i change my mind or find them causing problems

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PH designs make a nice set of steps for the class 33. I have some in stock but thought I'd be lazy and drill some holes... not as refined but ok.

 

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Also shown in the photo is a lovely Intercity models etch for a kick plate. Way better than silver paint! I've no idea if it's still made but i found some on ebay so probably have a lifetimes supply now :)

 

204 seems to be quite clean in most photos so will only slighty tone down the ploughs, and add oil stains etc. 

 

 

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Whereas 103 I might be a bit heavier.... will use shots of it working on waterloo to exeter servies as inspiration

 

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Happy modelling all!

 

Will

 

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Looking very nice Will! What did you use for the weathering? Washes, dry brush, spray? Enamel or acrylic?

 

Regarding tread plate, it's worth noting that Phil does some in his Stenson Models range: https://www.stensonmodels.co.uk/product/tread-plate-sm22d/

 

Regarding the 50 grills, since Mike didn't have any at the moment, I cut some from a scrap Lima bodyshell with my table saw and made some resin cast copies. Result attached. The masters are a push fit replacement for the Hornby ones. There is slight shrinkage in the casting process but not enough that they aren't still a push fit. The photo shows them just sitting in place (friction fit) into my version of 149 (also EM!). Unlike yours, I've cheated: it's the RE limited edition. I will probably recess them a bit further and mount them onto an appropriate sheet of styrene behind, then paint and fit.

 

Whilst looking at photos yesterday of 50149, I compared the nameplate supplied with the RE limited edition Hornby model with the Shawplan nameplates that I bought from Brian last year. Of note, is that the 'Defiance' lettering should be picked out in black and not just left as metal finish. RE actually got this correct with the nameplate supplied so I chose to use the RE nameplate rather than the Shawplan one (shock, horror!). I'll have to tease Brian when I next see him!

 

Cheers,

 

Guy

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Hello Guy!

 

I hope alls good with you!

 

Loving the grilles! I've always used chopped up lima bodies and have a pair of donors but for my final 50 project I need a few more. Casting is a skill I must learn one day especially when they're as neat as yours.

 

The RE limited edition is very nice but was always out of my bargain bin prices!  I look forward to seeing yours! You're right on the nameplates... I just haven't had a go at doing it. I'm not sure my painting skills is quite up to it!

 

Weathering is just enamels. Some of 103 was done by someone else as I got it second hand... infact I've removed a fair bit and toned it done as well as varnishing. Will need to do similar on the underframe.

 

Cheers

Will

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