New etched shunter bodyshell under construction
After a couple of days spent wielding a soldering iron, this great little shunting loco is taking shape. It's being built from a new 4mm scale kit from PH Designs, intended for slotting onto a 4-wheel RTR underframe. It's not a copy of a particular prototype, although it does look convincing enough to suggest so. The assembly of the bonnet took some little time, with each access hatch being fixed separately, each with it's own handrails. And the individual slats in the radiator took an hour or so to get right. It has proved great fun thus far, and today I'll be trimming the Hornby chassis to fit and hopefully the shell will then be ready for a coat of primer.
Look out for a full lowdown on this project in Model Rail issue 180, out in about 4 weeks.