IS THERE LIFE IN AN OLD ‘GRONK’?
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.
Below: Having been stripped of all reusable components, EWS 08665 makes an ideal subject for a static model.