Super Detailing the Heljan O Gauge Deltic

17/01/16: Fine Detail...

I decided to produce my own decals for the cab interiors and bought white decal paper from Crafty Computer Paper. The images were original photos from the cab interior of 55002, which I processed to size in Photoshop Elements, giving them a wide border which needs a sharp knife to trim them down to a thin line as with the prototype. Click here for an A4 printable version of the cab interior transfers. Once affixed to their correct positions the cab interiors could be finally fitted into the model...

Also fitted to the cab interiors are LEDS's for cab lighting - I used 12 volt DC SMD LED's in warm white from Layouts4u these are pre wired with a resistor on the positive anode. The second photo shows the cab interiors in place and the 'Caution Low Headroom' sign over the engine room door...

Other fine detail includes the nameplates, numbers and insignia. The nameplates, worksplates and shedplates are from Severn Mill Nameplates - they come on small frets and require painting. I e-mailed the proprietor to say that the Gateshead nameplates (D9002/5/8/11/4/7) should be in brass, rather than nickel silver, though the plates were chromed when new giving a silvery appearance. LNER steam locos also had this treatment and Severn Mill do supply both brass and nickel silver for the steam range depending on what era you are modeling. No such luck with Deltics so if you require a brass looking plate for an older machine look elsewhere.

Also in the nameplate photo is the boiler filler hatch (not on the Heljan model) and a close up of where the battery vents have been removed from above the nameplates. Another addition is a chain from the fuel filler cap to the tanks.

The number and insignia photo show the worksplates and 52A shedplates. The numbers are part of the Fox range, whilst the insignia are Railtec transfers. I also used Railtec for the TRN's, seen in the photo of the front of the loco. These come in reverse with a black sheet to apply behind the symbols, however, when light is used behind they do not look right at all as very little light is allowed through. Instead I used the white decal paper once more applying it to thin acetate and then  mounting it behind the route indicator glasses - using tissue paper as a diffuser between LED and TRN. Click here for an A4 printable version of the TRN's I used with notes on route indicator sizes and font used.

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