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<span style='font-family: arial'>Crikey, it’s been 5 months since I have done any serious railway modelling. Constructing and populating a granny annexe took every free moment over the Summer, but now with the dust settled and my workshop/mancave finally set up only 8 months after having moved in, I have the luxury of dark Winter modelling evenings ahead. </span><br /><br /><span style='font-family: arial'>Looking through my boxes of half-finished projects, I have decided to take the half-built Class 23 “Baby Deltic” in hand.</span><br /><br /><br /><span style='font-family: arial'>I started this project quite a few years ago, inspired by the efforts of the Baby Deltic project at Barrow Hill who are in the process of cutting n’ shutting a class 37 to recreate an example of this extinct locomotive class: <a href='http://www.thebabydelticproject.co.uk/' class='bbc_url' title='External link' rel='nofollow external'>http://www.thebabydelticproject.co.uk/</a></span><br /><br /><span style='font-family: arial'>Lying about in my rejects/scrap box I had an example of the old J&L models 3mm scale class 40 resin body. I had high hopes of this model when I first bought it in about 2001, but the quality and detail of both the whitemetal castings and the resin body itself left a lot to be desired, so even though their attempt to cater for 3mm modellers was to be commended, I thought that there was just too much rework needed to make it worthwhile.</span><br /><br /><span style='font-family: arial'>So chopping it up to make a Class 23 seemed to make much more sense… </span><span style='font-family: wingdings'> <img src='http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/public/style_emoticons/default/pardon.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':pardon:' /> </span><br /><span style='font-family: arial'></span><br /><span style='font-family: arial'>First off I used a scaled-down drawing to 1:101 scale from Colin Marsden’s “British Rail Main Line Diesel Locomotives” and cut n’shut the Whistler body shell to the correct dimensions.</span><br /><br /><br /><span style='font-family: arial'>Having previously used the chassis from the Piko Taurus loco to good effect in my class 73 I decided to sacrifice yet another of these beasties.</span><br /><br /><br /><span style='font-family: arial'>The good thing about these mechanisms is that the wheels are close enough to scale 3’6” diameter and a wheelbase not far off 8’6” – as long as you don’t look <em class='bbc'>too</em> closely. The bogie sideframe cradles are clip fit and can be easily adapted to carry new sideframes.</span><br /><span style='font-family: arial'></span><br /><br /><span style='font-family: arial'>The actual chassis itself is just a simple lump of some kind of lead alloy, easy to work with a hacksaw, bastard file and brute ignorance. The bogie centre dimensions are however much too close together, so I cut the chassis in two and grafted in extensions made out of plasticard glued in with Araldite.</span><br /><span style='font-family: arial'></span><br /><br /><span style='font-family: arial'>A trawl through my various bits boxes has turned up some suitable bogie sideframes (from a class 20 or 25 I think) and assorted panels, grilles, louvres, buffers etc…</span><br /><br /><br /><span style='font-family: arial'>Final assembly can now commence…</span><div id='attach_wrap' class='rounded clearfix'>

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