A friend of mine got talking about Class 74s, in reflection this has caused me to turn my attentions to something else. Not a great deal has been done to New Road, in fact this is the total of a week's worth of modelling on the layout.
What has he done this week? Going back to Class 74s ( did I say in a previous post about being given a rather nice photo of one in Poole yard?)
I bought one didn't I. One of those offerings from Silver Fox Models no less.
It arrived and bearing in mind it's rather an old model now, and the upgrade I did with Lima's old Class 31 well, It couldn't be that difficult could it.
I have set about improving it somewhat.
This is as it comes out of the box.....
Of course, me being me, what did I do? I stripped it. I had a lot less body than I started with, gone were all the moulded detailing bits. I even cut out all the grills on the sides and roof.
Sorry, forgot to take a photo.
So, there was no going back now. In fact, my Class 74 is looking, well I think rather good.
I can't recommend Colin J. Marsdens' book enough, The Electro-diesels classes 73 and 74. It has a wealth of photos and details on both classes.
Where to find mesh so fine?
Hannant's came up trumps with there variety of etch meshes (you have to give it to these model tank builders) S-09 etch seem to look right.
Some wonderful turned brass air horns from Markitts.
Some of the parts still to use
It's going to keep me busy for a while yet and we don't even possess a chassis for it.
Annoying really as A1 models are out of stock on etched roof grill and fan sets well, the one I need anyway, otherwise she would have been in primer by now grrrrr.