The Next Tractor

The two sub-frames and the bearing carriers.

A bit of bonus time this morning so I made a start on the next set of Penbits bogies I have for another class 37. So, a temporary workbench for the morning – some of you may have worked out where it is, but keep that to yourselves!

In the time I’ve had I have sorted all the bearing carriers and the basic subframes – I’ve said this before but it’s worth reiterating, the Penbits kits are absolutely superb! The go together beautifully! Some kits can be a bit of a chore, the result and overcoming the problems they present become part of the appeal but the actual construction, less so. None of that here though, just an enjoyable building experience!

The temporary workbench.

The only problem with modelling diesels to this level of detail is the repetition involved – I mean, look at all the brake gear! Whereas your typical 0-6-0 steam loco has six brake hangers, most mainline diesels have two per wheel. So twenty four in this case! But look at those beautiful etchings – if you’re in the right frame of mind, it’s very relaxing doing the brake gear.

In fact, building one of Ian’s kits is a lovely way to spend a morning.

Brake gear


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