Super Detailing the Heljan O Gauge Deltic

27/08/15: A new motor home...

The left hand gearbox cover and motor collar is prepared for the application of JB Weld and then reassembled. Note: the old remaining motor collar has had to be eased to allow clearance for the new brackets on the new sleeve, however the motor still sits nicely against the back of the old housing...

The JB Weld is applied and allowed to dry for 24 hours...

The final remaining motor collar is removed and re-assembly begins, following a repaint of the covers and new motor sleeve...

All that remains - the new motor sleeve sits on top of the gearbox covers. The old collars have gone and the new sleeve with its fixings can be seen...

Wheelsets are re-fitted and placed under the chassis to show the new clearance - nothing comes above the cab floor and the new motor housing will be easily hidden within the electrical cubicle...

The motors have been run and tested - all is working well. The basic chassis and bogies now await new fabricated cab interiors.

Attention moves to the bodyshell and the boiler refill hatches (missing from the Heljan model) are cut from old kit parts - these were 4mm super-detailing etches for a class 03 and will, with some work, do quite nicely. The holes would have been for a hand grab rail and will be filled prior to the repaint, the catches also require more work.

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