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The discussion here http://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...?showtopic=5997 about what lost classes people would like to see built has provoked thoughts of a conversion from Bachmann parts. (The very nice FIATrains Korean brass model is somewhat outside the budget imposed on my railway modelling, and I have the necessary cheaply acquired Bachmann feedstock in the parts bin.)

The LMS 10000 and 10001 are very close dimensionally to class 37. Much of the characteristic body shape, and driven bogie dimensions, are very like those of the later class 44/45 'Peaks'. After a quick scoping I can see no insurrmountable obstacles to substituting the Peak bogies, stripped of the cosmetic frames and leading carrier wheel, into the 37 chassis block; and cutting down the Peak body shell to fit the 37 chassis block. The majority of the body work remodelling will be on the ends to raise the bonnet while reducing window depth, and the greater curve radius of the bonnet sides transitioning to fairing in the buffers. (As a bonus the horrible inaccuracy of body mounted buffers on the old Bachmann Peak model, may well contribute to making this job easier.) A replacement set of bogie frames will also have to be made, or purchased if there is a source of supply; and the fuel tank and prominent vacuum cylinders added to the centre underside.

Thoughts and critiques welcome.
 

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QUOTE (34C @ 22 Aug 2008, 15:54) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The discussion here http://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...?showtopic=5997 about what lost classes people would like to see built has provoked thoughts of a conversion from Bachmann parts. (The very nice FIATrains Korean brass model is somewhat outside the budget imposed on my railway modelling, and I have the necessary cheaply acquired Bachmann feedstock in the parts bin.)

The LMS 10000 and 10001 are very close dimensionally to class 37. Much of the characteristic body shape, and driven bogie dimensions, are very like those of the later class 44/45 'Peaks'. After a quick scoping I can see no insurrmountable obstacles to substituting the Peak bogies, stripped of the cosmetic frames and leading carrier wheel, into the 37 chassis block; and cutting down the Peak body shell to fit the 37 chassis block. The majority of the body work remodelling will be on the ends to raise the bonnet while reducing window depth, and the greater curve radius of the bonnet sides transitioning to fairing in the buffers. (As a bonus the horrible inaccuracy of body mounted buffers on the old Bachmann Peak model, may well contribute to making this job easier.) A replacement set of bogie frames will also have to be made, or purchased if there is a source of supply; and the fuel tank and prominent vacuum cylinders added to the centre underside.

Thoughts and critiques welcome.

***A very good thought...

There's a not too bad at all body kit for 10000 that fits the frames exactly s you describe - the makers name escapes me for now though...

Richard
 

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QUOTE (Richard Johnson @ 22 Aug 2008, 15:40) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>There's a not too bad at all body kit for 10000 that fits the frames exactly s you describe - the makers name escapes me for now though...
Richard,

I think that will be Silver Fox. Their body kit is a fall back option if I cannot make a useable body from the parts I already have.
 
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