Sunday, 10 October 2010

Unit Shifter

The Bachmann 150/PH Designs conversion is taking shape slowly but surely.

The past week has seen much progress on a couple of modern DMU projects, most notably the Network Rail Class 150 conversion. All new parts have been added and a priming coat applied and a little extra work with filler and abrasives is now needed before a white undercoat follows prior to the bright yellow livery.

So far, it's been a joy to fit the various bits of brass and, once the painting's over with, the small cameras and equipment boxes can be built-up and fitted to the cabs. Things are getting a little 'tight', however, as press day is not too far away and I do hate to rush...

A few coats of Alclad grey primer have so far been added to the modified bodyshells, which helps to reveal any areas that need remedial work with filler and abarsive paper. Building up the coats in very thin layers prevents the delicate details from being swamped by the paint.

Also on the go concurrently is a Bachmann 2-car Turbostar that has been completely stripped and rebuilt due to 'accident damage'. It used to be in Porterbrook white/purple (as featured in Model Rail a few years back) before it's misadventure, but will soon be transformed into a fictional livery. Well, not entirely fictional.... watch this space!

This rebuilt Turbostar has needed a lot of TLC to get back to this stage and has also now been primed in grey, awaiting a few coats of metallic paint.

Even with painting and weathering taken into account, this detailed, scratchbuilt water tower has taken only around 6 hours to build.
Also off the Dent production line has been a freelance, scratchbuilt water tower for Maudetown Colliery. As the layout is to employ National Coal Board steam power, even up to the late 1980s operating period, some form of refreshment was needed and, inspired by a similar structure that stood at Bold Colliery, near St Helens, I knocked up this girder-built frame topped by a cylindrical boiler (a Bachmann moulding) that's been converted to water storage.
Using lots of scrap and improvised materials, I'm really pleased with the outcome. It's only taken a few hours from start to finish, working around the Class 150 project. I just need to assemble and paint a water filling column to match and the pair can be sited on the stabling siding of the colliery. I'll be writing this project up for Model Rail very soon, complete with plans and dimensions for the framing etc. It may prove to be a perfect undertaking for the odd winter's evening.

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