Class 37/9 conversion complete.
With the new issue of Model Rail going on sale this week (MR230), here's a few images of the subject of this month's Masterclass feature. Portraying the first of the re-engineered Class 37s, 37901 had its English Electric power unit replaced with a beast of an engine from Stockport-based Mirrlees Blackstone. To allow the taller engine to fit, a new roof panel was required, making for an interesting modelling challenge.
I actually started this project way back in 2012 using a long-obsolete (and rather basic) A1 Models conversion kit. However, I didn't get very far before abandoning the model to the 'to do' pile. In the meantime, Pete Harvey brought out a much superior conversion kit for the Mirrlees-equipped fleet (37901-904), allowing for the modifications made to the exhaust outlets.
The Model Rail feature explains exactly how the conversion was undertaken, with the etched parts going together - and slotting into a hole cut into the bodyshell - perfectly. It proved to be great fun and I'm glad to finally get the thing finished after nearly five years! Although, I haven't had time to weather it yet, so that might be a job for the next few days...