Class 37s are one of my favourite types of traction – there’s something very appealing about their rather dated noses, workmanlike appearance and the soundtrack they have provided for those who have watched trains since the early sixties.
I personally like to use the Bachmann model as the base for my class 37s – it captures (original misshapen version aside!) the shape and bulk of the type very well indeed. It’s not perfect as it comes but it forms an excellent basis to to work on. When combined with Shawplan parts the potential is enormous.
Even simply using the windscreen and fan grille etches from Shawplan make a huge impact on the model – the Laserglaze pack makes glazing an easy task. This was once a long and involved task when each pane had to be shaped by hand!
Another area which has seen a huge amount of movement in recent times has been sprung suspension for RTR diesels and for class 37s Penbits provide a wonderful kit to convert the Bachmann model to a fully sprung model with both primary and secondary springing.
The rather basic underframe moulding can be enhanced with a little bit of time and Plastikard – adding the pipework and supporting structures for the tanks is a brilliant way to really lift the model well above the out of the box product.
The full story of 37514 can be found in Model Railway Journal No. 253.