IS THERE LIFE IN AN OLD ‘GRONK’?

Model Rail (UK) - - Know Your Stuff - Dave Gal­limore, by e-mail

I have an an­cient Lima Class 08 from the 1980s. The mech­a­nism is hope­less but, as I’m very fond of it, I’d like to give it a new role on my lay­out. Any ideas?

Paul says: A semi-derelict lo­co­mo­tive makes for an ar­rest­ing scenic fea­ture, sit­ting for­lornly in the cor­ner of a de­pot or sid­ing. Plas­tic kits, such as those of­fered by Dapol and Knightwing, are easy to mod­ify with their cabs and en­gine room doors posed open. How­ever, de­funct RTR mod­els can also be mod­elled in this way, although the doors and pan­els will need care­ful drilling and cut­ting out. If the model is oth­er­wise scrap, there’s not much to lose. There’s no need to worry about modelling an en­gine or other in­te­rior de­tails. As the image below shows, you could eas­ily leave the en­gine bay empty, sug­gest­ing that the lo­co­mo­tive has been stripped for spares.

PAUL A. LUNN

Below: Hav­ing been stripped of all re­us­able com­po­nents, EWS 08665 makes an ideal sub­ject for a static model.

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