Modern Motive Power Class 47 - 47402show full show summary
This is something of an experiment. What I am aiming for is a nice clean edge around the base of the roof along which will be painted the orange cantrail stripe. If there is one area, in particular on class 47 scale models but also others that are a...
This is something of an experiment. What I am aiming for is a nice clean edge around the base of the roof along which will be painted the orange cantrail stripe. If there is one area, in particular on class 47 scale models but also others that are a similar shape, that modellers get wrong it is the cab roofs and areas just behind the cab doors. Look very carefully at pictures of a class 47 cab roof. There is almost no overhang at the front above the windscreens, which is an area a lot of modellers seem to get wrong. The cantrail stripe is straight and parallel with the tops of the window frames along each side, another area that goes wildly wrong. Hopefully the brass strip will cure these problems in one go by providing a nice straight edge to paint along and bring the roof edges to. The strip is formed from a single piece of brass flat 1.6mm x 0.4mm by holding it with pliers and gently bending it and flattening it at the bend point until the desired radius is achieved. As a bonus, this relatively large flat area around the edge of the roof will also give a nice solid base to glue the roof to. The other area to pay particular attention to is the body side immediately behind the cab door at the top where it meets the roof. The top of this thin strip between the door and the body side proper, curves to follow the roof line and is intersected by the gutter strip. The cab door from the bottom of the window upwards leans very gently inwards so that a tapered flat area is formed between the door and the edge of the body. This is another area that is often sadly neglected by modellers, the reason for which eludes me. We strive, particularly at 7mm, to show every tiny rivet and pipe detail and then get the basic body shape wrong, for which there is no excuse, because the kit is designed to allow this detail to be accurately portrayed.
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