Industrial 0-6-0ST ready for painting
Here's a quick glimpse of my NCB Austerity tank just before it receives it's first coat of primer. The various RT Models detailing components have transformed the Hornby model into something more purposeful and better suited to the surrounds of my colliery layout .The big Alan Gibson industrial buffers also help. I'm looking forward to seeing how it looks under a coat of paint, although the masking of the bufferbeams and footsteps for the 'wasp' warning stripes should be fun. I'll be demonstrating how to do it in Model Rail magazine soon.
Having treated the bodyshell to such a rigorous detail enhancement, the chassis is now looking a bit crude in comparison, so I'm giving serious thought to either doing some drastic DIY detailing to the sanders, brake gear and frames, or maybe biting the bullet and going for a complete new etched brass chassis and finer wheels. RT Models does a very nice chassis kit, designed primarily to fit the Hornby body, so it's a viable proposition. I just need to count my pennies first - I've already ordered a very nice OO9 metal loco kit from the same source, so I might have to save up first!