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I currently have 3 projects lined up that involve taking a razor saw to old Hornby models. This is the first one and to be fair there’s a lot more Bachmann in it than Hornby (but that wouldnt fit the title as well!).

Class 25/0

This has been on my to do list for years. When we used to help my friend David exhibit Amlwch we had all of the main variations of class 24 and 25 except for the 25/0. But then David sold the layout and it just went in to the abandoned project pile. With class 25’s being one of my favourite classes it made sense to resurrect the project for Brettell road so……following the same pattern as my late body style class 25s this is a hybrid of Hornby cabs on a Bachmann body. The Bachmann model having the correct raised bodyside grills for a 25/0 but the wrong cab roof shape while the Hornby cabs having the right shaped windows (more of that in a moment) and the headcode boxes. As I am doing an original condition loco with valances the effect of chopping up the underframe as I did on my other 25s isn’t so much of a win but I did rearrange the bits of underframe you could see to better match my prototype. The original 25/0’s had no steam heating so there is no water tank.

The beading on the roof was redone in the correct place and the panel Bachmann missed off was added. These panels seemed to vary a lot.  The grill is from Shawplan. Moving on to the cabs the comment of the windows being correct isn’t strictly accurate. The important thing is that the top of them is right but the center window is too small and the main windows, although right for a later 25 are too big for a 25/0.  The side window is also a bit high and a bit too far forward. Filing and microstrip sorted them out.  I re-used the bottom section of the Bachmann cab and cut the buffer beams off and mounted them to the body. After a blast of primer to check that the joins were good I set to work adding in panel lines, the tail lights, cab front handrails and the row of rivets around the base of the base of the cab (archers transfers). The cab vents and exhaust are from the Brassmasters etch.  Next stage will be paint.

5 Responses

  1. On my todo list as well. I’ve had all the parts in store for awhile, but I keep thinking somebody must surely produce a decent RTR version one day.

    25/10/2017 at 11:32 am

  2. Mervyn

    Nice work, looking forward to see it painted and weathered.

    25/10/2017 at 3:31 pm

  3. Alan Haydock

    Nice job Jim, looking forward to seeing the finished loco.a

    25/10/2017 at 4:16 pm

  4. jim s-w

    It’s on both Bachmann’s and SLW’s list James. Well at least the 24/1 is.

    25/10/2017 at 6:46 pm

  5. Mervyn

    Looks really nice Jim. I’m going to do the same 25/0 conversion on my 7mm Heljan class 25.

    04/11/2017 at 8:10 pm

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