Friday, 7 May 2010
DRS '20' and Lima/ViTrains '47' Progress
Been feeling overwhelmed by diesel detailing projects this week and am considering taking a 'steam break' for the next few days, especially as my Scot/Patriot, 7F and Jones Goods locos have stalled somewhat. A pair of DRS '20s' and a Lima/ViTrains '47' have taken up much of the last four days... and they're still not finished!
The DRS conversions are about as comprehensive a job as you can get - save for changing a loco to a different class - and I've been aiming to make the models and the attendant magazine feature, as thorough as possible. Helped by the use of some excellent detailing parts from Messrs Shawplan and Peter Harvey, there is still the need to scratchbuild a number of components such as speedo, windscreen washer jets and MU connections.
One of the '20s' also sports a fetching set of snowploughs, courtesy of some new etches from Peter Harvey. I've also been adding a set of these to another ViTrains '37' that has now entered the paint shop for a coat of BR blue.
Model Rail readers may have seen my short demo in the latest issue, showing how to fit the new ViTrains 'spare' Cl47 chassis under a Lima bodyshell. Well, said bodyshell has just had its detailing finished, with the bogies also receiving a set of etched footsteps, again from Mr Harvey. All other bits 'n' bobs are from Shawplan, A1 and Replica, while the livery is soon to be original-style Railfreight grey. 47280 Pedigree is to be the machine's ID.