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Roomey
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Class 25

Postby Roomey » Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:58 pm

With there not being really good class 25 out there I took the plunge and Rebuilt a SLW 24 into a 25/0 then followed it up with a 25/1
Now I decided to convert a Hornby 25 body and graft it too a SLW chassis
This is what I’ve done so far
Replaced the side grilles with 3D printed version modified the cab areas and doors, new fan grille and roof panels
Chassis tanks modified
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Hardwicke
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Re: Class 25

Postby Hardwicke » Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:40 pm

Apart from the central window (which I always felt was a tad small and too high) the Hornby body is very good. I carefully enlarged the window downwards and made both a 24 and 25. I added new doors too.
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Re: Class 25

Postby triumph3 » Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:11 pm

Excellent work Dave. It also gets rid of the awfull radiator grill on the SLW body. For the life of me I don’t understand why they have not replaced the grill.

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jim s-w
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Re: Class 25

Postby jim s-w » Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:36 pm

Hardwicke wrote:Apart from the central window (which I always felt was a tad small and too high) the Hornby body is very good. I carefully enlarged the window downwards and made both a 24 and 25. I added new doors too.


It is too small so enlarging it downwards is the way to go. It’s not too high, the problem is the top of the doors is too low.

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Re: Class 25

Postby Horsetan » Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:31 pm

triumph3 wrote:.... the awful radiator grill on the SLW body. For the life of me I don’t understand why they have not replaced the grill


Possibly because retooling is expensive and the thing hasn't started turning a decent profit yet?
That would be an ecumenical matter.

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jim s-w
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Re: Class 25

Postby jim s-w » Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:44 pm

Horsetan wrote:
Possibly because retooling is expensive and the thing hasn't started turning a decent profit yet?


Wouldn’t need a retool it a new photo tool which costs next to nothing, in the grand scheme of things. ISTR Phil had a new etch ages ago and it appears the most recent release might have better grills, it certainly has improved windows.

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Re: Class 25

Postby kelly » Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:50 am

The newest releases (97201) have better windows and new grilles. The windows are to be made available to owners of older models for upgrading if they wish iirc.
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Hardwicke
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Re: Class 25

Postby Hardwicke » Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:36 pm

jim s-w wrote:
Hardwicke wrote:Apart from the central window (which I always felt was a tad small and too high) the Hornby body is very good. I carefully enlarged the window downwards and made both a 24 and 25. I added new doors too.


It is too small so enlarging it downwards is the way to go. It’s not too high, the problem is the top of the doors is too low.

Thanks Jim. I'll find my loco sometime for a picture. Yes, you are right.
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Re: Class 25

Postby Roomey » Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:33 pm

A few more pictures
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Re: Class 25

Postby jim s-w » Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:55 pm

kelly wrote:The newest releases (97201) have better windows and new grilles. The windows are to be made available to owners of older models for upgrading if they wish iirc.


So basically the bits some people were insistent I was wrong for saying could be better, have been made better then? :twisted: :twisted:


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