The first A3 I bought was many years ago at the Hawick exhibition – it was 60068 Sir Visto
(a re-named secondhand model). I was never overly happy with it as it had a double chimney and later style emblem, neither appropriate to my time period. The latter could easily be rectified, but substituting the double chimney would prove troublesome.
Hatton’s Sale of the Century last year came to the rescue as I couldn’t resist two more ski-slope Minoru
’s at only £71 each. One is destined to become 60037 Hyperion
and, much better, here was a heaven-sent opportunity to utilize Sir Visto
’s double chimney by converting it to 60097 Humorist
and then transferring Sir Visto
’s nameplates to the other Minoru
not only had a double chimney but also A2 style smoke deflectors thus making it the most easily identifiable A3.
The first job was to try and salvage the Sir Visto
nameplates for re-use. With this particular model I found that the nameplate was like a circlip and could be pushed up through the splasher by sqeezing the 2 lugs together.
The construction of the smoke deflectors came next, and I have covered this in my Workbench thread at: viewtopic.php?f=49&t=51636&p=667224#p667224