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.