Hunslet Filth

For anyone who hadn’t realised, we love nothing more than a filthy industrial loco here at OTCM towers. The latest models to emerge from the shed du train top up the industrial fleet on BWS and register highly on the patented OTCM filthometer.

First up, a Hunslet (believe it or not from the post title) diesel shunter, a couple of which became BR 05s, but the lower roof version. This is a Silver Fox resin body on a Bachmann 03 chassis, and is probably the fastest loco I’ve ever completed, in about a week! Replacing the handrails with wire and adding some vague details in the cab being the only work done.

The best known industrial use of these locos was at Avenue Coking Plant near Chesterfield, and I’ve weathered this to a similar condition to one of the examples there.

Getting this completed prompted a comparison with its later, high cabbed, brother, an example of which already nestled in the BWS industrial fleet and is a simple repaint of the Heljan model.

Next up, and featuring a very different form of internal combustion is the only kettle in the fleet, Coal Products No10. I’m just waiting for the Light Railway Stores to move into their new address for the nameplates to be produced.

This loco is based around the Dapol/Hornby model, and has had a lot of work done to it, then a bit more. The final job is to replace the steps with some from RT Models when they arrive.

This model has featured here before, Modifying your Hornby Austerity but I wasn’t happy with the finish, so it’s been stripped down and started again. Under the saddle tank there is a new motor, flywheel and stay alive to make things run very smoothly at slow speed – I’ve always thought the original motor lets down what is actually a sound mechanism in these models.

As covered previously, the saddle tank side seam has been removed by moving the joint to the underside of the tank, and filling the seam itself. A bit of time with a large file has sorted the shape of the original chassis to something more closely resembling the prototype. After heavy weathering, I’m quite pleased with how this has turned out.


2 Replies to “Hunslet Filth”

  1. Very brave to heavily modify weather an expensive model – but then what is the point of keeping them pristine if it limits your enjoyment of the model? I enjoy weathering and detailing my models but have had several expensive disasters that I look on as a learning experience – onwards and upwards hopefully!
    Re: the Hornby Austerity, I’ve got 2 of them and love them to bits and want another one. You mentioned a new motor and flywheel but I’ve not seen that covered in any prior posts on how you remotored the Austerity- any chance of an article on that?

    1. Thanks John – as you say, to me a pristine model straight out the box is just a canvas for further work, we definitely aren’t ones for originality here!
      I’ll put a post together on replacing the motor in the austerity – it’s not especially pretty, but seems to do the job…..
      thanks, Chris

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