Dia 51 Test Build Part 3 – and then there were two…..!
Following the first test build of the dia 51, I took account of what I had learnt from this and completed various amendments to the artwork. There was nothing truly major, so I was fairly confident that the corrections would get the model to the point where the artwork was done. But of course, to prove this, another test build was required and this is where we got to………..
And this is what it looks like……..quite handsom I think and certainly quite differnt from all the pother stock I presently have.
The eagle eyed will spot that the vehicle is slightly different in that this one has sliding doors, whereas the previous had cupboard doors. The kit is intended to cover both options and does successfully do so.
The ducket also has cut outs for a lamp at its head (a feature of Highland duckets). This proved quite challenging to model and I will avoid doing it again because it seemed to fall out of favour prior to the end of the Highland era so having only one or two would be right for my timeframe.
There remains a bit more work on the bogie to do; they can be made up to work very well but are a little more difficult to build than I had hoped. Once this is cracked, I will be making the dia 51 available for sale.
Posted on December 29, 2017, in Workbench (stock) and tagged coach;, Diagram 51, etching, Full Brake, Highland Railway, kit, LMS, Miscellany Models. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.
Excellent work. It’s not easy producing etch artwork. Any news on the GNR 12 wheeler clerestory ?
The ECJS/GNR 12 wheeler chassis is still on the agenda; I had some revised bogie components back from the etchers a little while back and will try and see if they improve (which means lower) the chassis tomorrow if I get a chance.
Great news. Thanks for reply.
I really like the look of this. I’d definitely build one for behind my Castle.
Was this the model that lasted in service until ‘61?
Hi Dave, there are no definitive records to confirm when they were withdrawn but it is more likely to be mid 1950s than into the 60s I am afraid. The Highland TPO lasted until 1961 in main line service (and a tad longer in departmental service).
G’day. Super work and all the best for 2018
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