1: The Hornby model breaks down conveniently into its constituent parts, although the cast steel chassis is a bit of pain to modify: a sharp hacksaw come in handy! As seen in the magazine feature, I used a jeweller’s piercing saw and, although these look a bit flimsy to be cutting through solid metal, a good, coarse toothed blade will make fairly short work of the steel. Just ensure the blade is firmly fitted and tensioned.
2: A lot of small details were added to the bodyshell, mostly from generic detailing parts such as handrail knobs & wire and these loco lamp brackets from Mainly Trains. These packs are great value, although some of the patterns are a bit overscale. The new chimney is the only part branded for use on this specific loco class (from www.nairnshire-modelling-supplies.co.uk).
3: With all but the cylinder details added, the Pug begins to look more like the real thing. Note the new brake standard on the cab back plate, etched regulator and lamp brackets (all Mainly Trains parts).
4: Even with the new parts, the un-weathered Pug still looks unconvincing... far too clean!
5: Re-worked bufferbeams and the coal bunker extension plates look far more effective for the separately applied rivet head details. Plastic tube cylinder overlays are a bit too big but this is necessary to cover the originals without impeding the workings of the Hornby chassis. I had intended to add some cosmetic slide bars but ran out of both time and inclination!6: Plastic strip and angle forms the bunker extension plating and, suitably adorned with rivets and a little rusty paint, look pretty convincing. Adding the liquid glazing to the spectacles wasn’t easy with the coal already in place. However, if I’d glazed them first, fitting the loose coal would have ruined them!