Well the final arrival of 2010 arrived today (apart from the goodies from Champion I’m picking up Monday) in the shape of Dale the Noob’s Large Logo 37 37417 which is undergoing renumbering and detailing into 37425 Pride of the Valleys in its current form.
Here’s the loco as arrived:-
The first thing I did was to add a driver. As the loco is currently running on a Poole chassis there wasn’t room to fit a cab interior so the driver figure is simply glued to the roof and cab window, until I eventually obtain a China chassis to run it on.
The numbering and Highland Stags were then removed with the aid of some white spirit and a cotton bud
The headcodes were then painted black with the lights touched up using a black marker, and the grilles blackened with some thinned matt black.
Next job is the numbering. I have a set of Shawplan nameplates on order but need to source some TOPS numbering. Given that EWS applied incorrectly sized numbering I’m looking at getting a set of Fox’s BR Blue numbering with Scottish large numbers as these look about right for the numbering size. Has anyone used this numbering set and can advise the height of the numbers?
Ste it’s funny you mention a kettle hauling the charter as I have plans for such a loco and a 47 repainted in WCRC livery. I’m hoping Farish or Dapol will be bringing out a model of Tornado in the near future, otherwise I’m looking at possibly getting Farish’s Tangmere, or a Black 5 or Duchess. The plan for the DRS 37 is to double head it with another one or put 57011 on the rear.