Well, its time for another loco I think.
I recently came across a bachmann class 08 shunter, with a rather nice slow speed mechanism. Somebody's little darling had destroyed most of the bodyshell details, but the chassis is a good ' un.
I had a stare at the bare chassis, and imagined a slightly germanic body, with some leanings towards a 1950 s style body. Simple and teutonic are the orders of the day.
I started with a running plate, and added an instrument console and some chequer plate here and there. Some steps up to the cab, and an air tank attached to the rear of the bachmann frame , which should be visible through the cutout in the frame.
Ok, next up, some kind of bodyshell, which fits frame.
I would like rounded top to the hood area, so, rather than curve a section of plastic, I found an old coach roof which looks like it will fit the bill. I would like a little overhang to the hood roof, so I rounded off the forward edges. Some sides and a grille were knocked together, along with some motor access doors and fine mesh for the grille. A fake radiator was made to go behind the mesh grille.
A larger diesel like this warrants a full cab, so a full height cab was built, with a funky European style exhaust between the cab windows. A rivetted strip was added around the cab by adding a strip of 10 thou halfway up and holes were drilled with plastic rod inserted, trimmed and domed. The same method was used for the join on the top of the hood. A tiny 2 ear knock-off type radiator filler was made and added.
At the same time, some coupler pockets were made from layers of square rod.
On to paintwork, my favourite part!
I had imagined my freelance loco to have a red underframe, to give it a German style appearance. So out with Tamiya hull red, preshaded with black and postshaded with hull red and 25 % desert yellow. I did the bachmann chassis with its new airtank at the same time.
Bodyshell was destined to look tatty, so a light color works well for that. I choose a light faded blue made from a preshade of navy blue over usaf grey, a block color of luftwaffe blue, and several postshades of gradually lightened luftwaffe blue.
Interior is the same lightened desert yellow I used for the other locos.
Paint chipping was done with luftwaffe blue, lightened, and vallejo chocolate brown, NATO brown, steel grey and German grey. Localised airbrushing around the chips adds depth, and modulates the colours nicely. While the airbrush was out, rain streaks were added, and localised dirt suggested in the nooks and crannies.
She runs very well, thanks to her donor chassis, and will be a useful larger loco for my layout.
Hopefully I have given it a European flavor. She's a bit different from my others, but I like her. What do you think?
In Rust, I Trust.