£10 up­grades

Ge­orge Dent of­fers a range of de­tail­ing ideas that won’t break the bank.

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Ge­orge Dent of­fers five ways to im­prove ready-to-run lo­co­mo­tives and coach­ing stock that won’t break the bank.


One of the sim­plest up­grades for lo­co­mo­tives is to in­stall etched metal nameplates (and num­ber­plates, where ap­pro­pri­ate). Printed names can be im­pres­sively ren­dered, but they lack that dis­tinc­tive re­lief of the real thing. Etched nameplates are avail­able from a range of sup­pli­ers, in­clud­ing Fox Trans­fers and Shaw­plan. Ac­cord­ing to the pro­to­type, they may con­sist of sin­gle or mul­ti­ple lay­ers, such as when it fea­tures coats of arms, crests or lo­gos.


Some­times etched nameplates are pro­vided with RTR mod­els as an al­ter­na­tive to the printed ver­sions and may con­sist of two or more lay­ers. If sourced sep­a­rately, check that the cor­rect colour is cho­sen to suit the model’s liv­ery. Cut the name­plate free from the fret care­fully with a set of sharp metal snips, then dress the edges smooth with a nee­dle file. I pre­fer to use Glue ‘n’ Glaze ad­he­sive, ap­plied spar­ingly with a cock­tail stick. Leave the glue to turn tacky over a few min­utes be­fore plac­ing the name­plate into po­si­tion. A strip of mask­ing tape can act as a guide. Any ex­cess glue can be wiped away with a damp swab.

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