Back to Work
I've had quite a long break from modelling locomotives (nearly 2 years!) Mainly to focus on ships.
I tend to lean one way or another, but never both at once. Now with a sufficient battlefleet to protect against. ..er....cheeky buggers....it's time to get back into the Kettles of CIE.
Quite some time ago I purchased an N15 class locomotive with the intention of converting to 402
Being myself, I didn't start taking photos till I had most of the job done. Chassis were terrible on her, so something must be done about that.
Nonetheless, off came the body
One sees the obvious differences between the locomotives.
First tackled was the Firebox. Round on the N15, it was a Belpaire type on the 400s. A piece of brass, bent to shape, along with some glue and filler was used.
The Firebox was filed slightly, to make the corners more rounded.
Splashers were stolen off some poor old airfix kit, filed down, and fitted
Then it was off to the paint shop, for a lick of green.
Looking somewhat like a crazy idea Bullied would have, 402 will have to make do with the tender chassis she's lying on for now😋
A couple of shots showing progress with baseboards including painting and backscene. Note the cut-outs for inspection pits for inside the engine shed and point control. Cut-outs also needed for Kadee magnets to be hidden below the ballast...
Not sure of the exact circumstances as to how it came about but it was short lived. At the time I think they felt it was cheaper to ship it from Arklow rather the Dublin Port. The wagons basically looked like a 20 ft open top container which was covered with a tarpaulin.