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On 17/12/2020 at 14:36, tractor_37260 said:

based on an early Green Bach RSH 37

 

Hi Ken

 

I would like to do one of the center headcode RSH 37's for my WHL layout but am limited by the lack of non Vulcan bodyshell styled models.  From the little I know of the early Bachmann 37's I was under the impression that the failings of the model were to many to make it worth converting. You appear to think differently? Any chance of some pictures to show us what you are doing to bring the loco up to standard?

 

regards Rob  

 

 

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7 hours ago, young37215 said:

 

Hi Ken

 

I would like to do one of the center headcode RSH 37's for my WHL layout but am limited by the lack of Vulcan bodyshell styled models.  From the little I know of the early Bachmann 37's I was under the impression that the failings of the model were to many to make it worth converting. You appear to think differently? Any chance of some pictures to show us what you are doing to bring the loco up to standard?

 

regards Rob  

 

 

 

Hi Rob

           At the time, the only centre headcode Bach RSH 37's were BG Green with buffer cowls.  I decided to use one of these to model L/L 37 183.  It's been fully re-painted into L/L livery.  One of the issues on these early models was the nose end detail was in the wrong place, and due to the buffer cowls being too deep the buffers were also too low. I cut the buffers/and bottom edge of the cowls off, together with slots (as per 183) for the new buffers fit at the correct height. The gaps in the (early} chassis BB were replaced with plasticard for the new buffers to mount on.  The headcode box (too high up) and tail lights are also in wrong place on these early models, but that's a compromise one either accepts or not, far too much work to sort that out. 

I made up custom lighting boards, with new translucent domino's on the PC to replace the original Bach train reporting digits, the headcode box fittings were drilled out to to allow light through them.  I cut a "lot" of metal out of the chassis to get an EM2 speaker fitted along with space for a decoder mounting using an ESU51968 adaptor board for the excellent Bif WD 37/0 sound file.  It will also have the classic working ScR car type headlights.  The flying leads on the chassis are for the new lighting and cab lights.  I've still to complete it but it's nearly there. 

Another early example I re-worked was  L/L 37 114 Dunrobin. Again it started life as a BR Green buffer cowl fitted 37.  The cowls were cut off, BB's reinstated, the boiler roof panel had the riveted strips removed and "bolt heads" were fitted to represent the flush panel, prior to be re-painted into L/L livery.

Some photos of it further back in this thread.

 

I tried to upload some photos of 183 but they are all too big !  I'll take some smaller images and add them soon.

 

HTH

Ken

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Thanks Ken. That sounds like a lot of work even for an accomplished modeller and still with plenty of compromises. My fleet feels deficient without one of the ex South Wales 3718x/3719x steam heated locos and I keep pondering how I might get one. If it is to come from the Bachmann stable I will have to master an acceptable way to add the cantrail grill dividing bars to one of the recent models. That said, your experience probably confirmed my approach which will be to sit tight for the time being and hope that Accurascale produce an centre headcode RSH model!

 

Some pictures of your work on 37183 will still be of interest though.

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9 hours ago, young37215 said:

Thanks Ken. That sounds like a lot of work even for an accomplished modeller and still with plenty of compromises. My fleet feels deficient without one of the ex South Wales 3718x/3719x steam heated locos and I keep pondering how I might get one. If it is to come from the Bachmann stable I will have to master an acceptable way to add the cantrail grill dividing bars to one of the recent models. That said, your experience probably confirmed my approach which will be to sit tight for the time being and hope that Accurascale produce an centre headcode RSH model!

 

Some pictures of your work on 37183 will still be of interest though.

 

Here you go, the body/buffers are only temp on the chassis, any other questions let me know

 

Personally, I'd wait for an Accurascale RSH Centre box 37, they will come eventually, and it would save you a pile of work, yet still be left with a compromised model.

 

Merry Xmas

Ken

 

 

 

 

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Latest from the paint shop, something different for a change,  a Swallow liveried Class 87 fully repainted back into InterCity Exec as 87 020 North Briton.  Numbers by DRD transfers.

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Converted from a Bach BR Blue 47 035  - faded and weathered 47 145 Merddin Emrys" as it was at Tinsley in the early 90's.  My first proper attempt at weathering, was a lot of work but I'm pretty happy with the results. New working HI headlights and ship/shore cab aerials added.

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Latest commission jobs off the bench:

37 512 Thornaby Demon L/L R/F Grey 

37 797 L/L R/F Grey - added RSH style cant rail strips - (formally ED's 37081 Loch Long)

Numbers and arrows - DRD Rub On's - easy to apply and NO film etc to hide - excellent quality, recommended.

 

 

 

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