Monday, 18 April 2016

Class 40 - A Whistler of Many Origins

The latest loco which I have finished is a hybrid Class 40.

D235 Apapa
I do like class 40s in their original livery - the green emphasising the enormous bulk. Whilst no longer than the steam locomotives they appeared alongside, that they were one unbroken piece must have made them seem enormous to enthusiasts in the late fifties.

The body is mostly Lima with Bachmann nose ends running on a lowered original class 40 Bachmann chassis which has been rewheeled for P4. The body has been covered in Shawplan parts - Brian Hanson's detailing parts are always a pleasure to use and his class 37/40 windscreens and their associated backing plates really do make the model I think. But also the small details of the step an inspection plates on the buffers (Hornby Class 50 spares) also help add to the final result.

It represents D235 Apapa as it was early on in its career in British Railways green with small yellow warning panels. The grey roof is my usual cheat of using Halford's grey primer as a base but keeping it for the roof colour! Why add more layers of paint than we really need? Especially when we want as little paint as possible around those beautifully fine etchings by Shawplan. The fan grille is a lovely piece in its own right and deserves careful finishing. The warning panel yellow is Humbrol's Trainer Yellow and the bufferbeams are Humbrol Matt Red Brown - a nice subdued red which doesn't over power like normal buffer beam reds would.

A good view of the vitually complete but unpainted body shell - the mix of parts in plastic, brass and stainless steel. Models at this stage always rather satisfying to look at, seeing how you've combined various elements to complete the model.

On top of this is a typical coat of dirt but with class 40 specific bits such as the leak around the cooling fan grille - very typical of the class when you begin looking.

I'll leave you to judge if the effort has been worth it.

6 comments:

  1. Looks great James. Well worth the effort.

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    1. Thank you!

      It's surprising just how much it took to get to this stage but with its coat if grime, I was rather pleased with it!

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  2. A lovely piece of modelling James, I remember 'Apapa' with affection from my spotting days at Warrington Bank Quay. She makes a fine stable mate for your excellent 'Rat' which appeared in the Scalefour News

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    1. Thanks Geoff!

      When 'Apapa' was next to my class 25, they did go together very well! Sadly, this was a commission so it's headed off to pastures new. But I know she'll be appreciated!

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  3. That looks like a class 40, unlike every other 4mm scale model I have seen.

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    1. Thank you!

      It's not perfect, but if I do another class 40, I've been advised how to take things even further!

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