Pix/Update of my Kitbashing Project

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  1. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

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    Here is an update & some pics regarding my project which I've decribed recently on this forum.

    As mentioned, I have a Hornby model of an E2 model which was used by the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway. I'm trying to convert it into a similar loco, which is a 3F.

    The first pic is a shot of a real 3F that I took in England two summers ago. The others are shots of my E2 loco in two stages. The first pic shows the loco as I just started to work on it. The last two shots show it much closer to completion. I'm using polystyrene strips and modeling "white putty" to reshape the body.

    All I need to do now is: move the steam dome forward slightly (as per the real 3F); sand down the white putty; spray paint the loco black; apply British Railway decals; and add celophane windows cut in the correct 3F shape.

    When I paint the loco, I'm going to mask/tape the wheels to prevent paint from getting into the motor (I've found out from 2 other guys, who have also owned models of this loco, that it's extremely difficult to remove the body from the chassis).

    The biggest discrepancy -- that I'm probably going to have to live with because I can't remove the body -- is that the boiler of the E2 is higher/taller than the 3F.

    I'm curious to hear and feedback or thoughts -- thanks!

    Rob


    THIS IS THE "REAL THING," A REAL 3F LOCO THAT I'M TRYING TO KITBASH MY MODEL INTO


    THIS IS MY HORNBY E2 MODEL WHEN I JUST STARTED TO WORK ON IT
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    THIS IS A SHOT OF MY MODEL AFTER MOST OF THE RE-SHAPING IS DONE BUT OBVIOUSLY BEFORE SPRAY PAINTING!
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    ANOTHER SHOT OF "ALMOST FINISHED" PROJECT
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    RobertInOntario Active Member

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    I'm almost done -- I'll try to post some "final" pics in the next few days. Rob
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    i can't wait to see the results! It is looking goos so far.

    kevin
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    RobertInOntario Active Member

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    Updated/"final" pics

    OK -- here the pics of my finished project!

    Discrepancies abound but I'll have to live with them. I really struggled with the number decals, manuevering such small objects into the correct place took a lot of patience. This was my first real kitbashing effort and these close-up pics magnify any sloppiness.

    As noted earlier, the frame (mainly the boiler) should be lower but that would take too much work.

    At any rate, I'm curious to hear your honest thoughts on this project.

    Rob

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    OK, Kevin, I've just uploaded some new pics! I might have to re-do the number on the front (they're too big).

    Thanks for your note yesterday!

    Rob
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    It looks pretty good to me Rob, especially for your first attempt. :thumb: You are to be commended for tackling this project, as it can be quite enervating the first time you start hacking into a locomotive. However, to be totally honest, you could've fooled me simply by repainting the original loco, as I'm not very familiar with the nuances of British steam.;)

    Wayne
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    RobertInOntario Active Member

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    Thanks, Wayne! Any sloppiness shows up in the very close-up shots. Overall I'm pleased with it and might be able to improve it later on. It was easier to do and more fun than I expected. I appreciate your feedback. Rob