Last night, I decided to commence work on my donor 8750, which is to become 4643, a regular on the Bala-Blaenau Ffestiniog Route.
The first thing to go was the smokebox dart, which will be replaced with an etched component. I’ve also removed the front coupling hook (to be replaced with a Masokit’s Screw link), Vac Pipe (to be replaced with a custom altered Markits), and the sandbox covers which will be repositioned into a more prototypical place. I will also be adding a Markit’s Steam Heating hose.
Front glazing removed, and will be replaced with shawplan ‘laserglaze’ flush glazing, which I will pick up at Warley.
Rear Moulded lamp irons removed (and to be replaced with Masokit irons). As George Dent recommends, I have also removed the top of the rear Vac Pipe and will add a White Metal variant I have to end.
Removing the rear grills will be interesting……any advice on the way to do this, and how to add Iain Rice Etch?