Tuesday, 19 February 2013

BETTSY AT WORK

PH Designs Industrial Shunter kit under trial


The latest issue of Model Rail (No.180) hits the shops and doormats within the next week or so and features a 'Workbench Test' of a new kit from PH Designs (mentioned in a couple of previous posts). Representing a freelance diesel shunting locomotive, designed to fit directly onto the Hornby Class 06 chassis, it creates a striking, attractive post-1960s machine for use in any industrial setting. My own example, named Bettsy, is almost complete, with just a few extra details to be added, most notably the glazing and window surrounds/wipers. The cab interior also needs a few extra adornments and a suitable driver figure.

Proudly wearing the National Coal Board livery, No.26 looks well at home on Maudetown Colliery. Having run out of my usual supply of NCB blue, I had a go at mixing my own, blending Regional Railways blue with a little Porterbrook purple (both Railmatch enamel). It's slightly lighter than some of my other NCB stock, but I do like a bit of variation.

I'll be displaying this model at the Glasgow exhibition this coming weekend (22-24 Feb), for those who might want a closer look.



4 comments:

  1. Such a gorgeous little shunter George. I must admit I have delved into a little 009 Project in NCB colours using the blue you recommended. It has just gone through the decal phase. Once I completed I will send you a photo of my attempt. I wish I was attending this weekend. Have a safe trip I strolled past you at Warley but didn't catch you.

    Jaymes

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  2. Hi Jaymes,
    I'll look forward to seeing the pics of your OO9 project. Sorry I missed you at Warley - it was a very busy weekend!
    George.

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  3. Although I like this train, there's just something not right that I couldn't put my finger on, until I realised it's got no lights! Are you going to add some?

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  4. Well spotted, Chad! I was going to add some oil lamps and brackets, but thought they were a bit archaic for this type of loco and it's period. So, some mini electric lamps are intended, a bit like those fitted to LNER steam locos. I'm sure I've got some lying around somewhere, but haven't yet found them!
    Cheers,
    George.

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