I've read in magazines and on the net that people have Christmas projects and get lots done over the festive period - I presume they must have quite boring Christmases as with two small children there is just no time for, well, anything really. So despite being off between Christmas and New Year for the first time in the entirety of my working life so far I managed virtually no modelling whatsoever!
Since little people have returned to school, life has settled down a little and I have managed to steal a bit of modelling time!
My next project is 37048, a regular in North Lincolnshire at one time - https://www.flickr.com/photos/blue-diesels/17863254116/
This is one of the original 37/0 releases which has a few issues - the nose, to my eyes is lacking in depth. Available drawings seem to back this up but the available drawings aren't always particularly good elsewhere but combined with photos and other sources I think this has been the right way to go. The headcodes boxes aren't deep enough either (and sit slightly too high I think but I've not addressed this on this occasion) and have had a 10 thou plate to extend them ever so slightly with an etched blanking plate over them. The bodysides have had various bits filled and removed to up date the body to 1990s condition.
The fan on these models was a hideous thing which clearly was simply to satisfy those who wanted a see through grille. The hole which is left is overscale so I have added a ring 20thou Plastikard to reduce its size but also produces a rather nice, and prototypical, cowling for the replacement fan. Not my idea but stolen from Paul Marshall-Potter!
The views shows the work associated with blending in the Shawplan windscreens and backing plates rather well.
There's a bit of a way to go as you can see!