My 2nd Knightwing Kit Bash (May 2021)

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  1. David Hennessey

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    "He's never at it again, is he?!"

    (Yes, you lot may very well say that! [​IMG])

    Since my first effort into this kit-bashing malarkey was fairly well received (as can be seen here), another attempt at kitbashing the well-known Knightwing 0-4-0 diesel industrial shunter was in order. The purpose of this second time at creating a freelance loco, was to build on the lessons I learned from the first go. One such lesson so far was getting the frame proportions as accurate as possible, but we'll get to that.

    Having received the Knightwing diesel shunter kit as a birthday present, now seemed an appropriate time to commence work. Taking a spare Kato 109 chassis and some leftover 0.5mm Plasticard from last time, I got cracking.

    Seen here are some of the pieces laid out, prior to surgery of the body sides and bonnet (please note, that normal photography is resumed for this project!)...

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    The first item of business was to measure out and create the running plate. Using the standard gauge running plate as a template (with a hole in the middle big enough to fit the chassis through, with some slight cutting of the sides), I cut the plasticard around it. Keeping the pieces held together, I then drilled small holes in each corner, to act as guides when cutting out the hole for the chassis to fit in. A near-perfect fit was achieved, as you will see shortly.

    Here is a comparison of running plates:

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    Meanwhile, the main body was taking shape. Like the first Knightwing bash, the body was cut roughly in half, to enable a good fit over the running plate, as and when the cab is assembled.

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    Progress, as of this minute...

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    Obviously there's still a fair way to go before you see anything that resembles a locomotive (a great deal of work on the running plate, most notably), but I hope you like the slow and steady progress so far. More on this kit-bash, as and when it develops.

    Comments are welcome as ever.
     
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    Small progress made today, with the addition of the cab sides. But before they were glued on, small holes were drilled by the doors and underneath the side windows, for wire handrails to be added.

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    The back end of the cab will be added, once the interior is made up and the windows are glued into place.

    Meanwhile, the framework continues to take shape. After trimming down the running plate to give an adequate fit for the body to sit on, buffer beams and side plates were added. And as with last time, some select parts from the standard gauge kit will be utilised and incorporated into the build. For example, one of the steps has already been trimmed down and cut in half, glued at either end on one side of the frames so far.

    (Excuse the blurriness; had a second-hand Canon EOS camera handed to me, and still getting some practice in using it.)

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    Among a few of the next tasks is to create a false floor to fit snugly into the cab interior, as well as some selective detailing. Work will also continue on the main part of the body, but with a few additions to make it different from the original kit bash.

    More to follow...
     
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    Hi David

    Good progress into what is looking like a good looking loco.

    Paul
     
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    Thanks Paul. Still a fair way to go before it's running, but I'm real pleased with the job in hand, so far.
     
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    I have one of these in my stash, I may get a second and bash a centre cab double ended version on the bogie chassis I bought a while back. I need to get my ruler out and have a measure up!

    Pete.
     
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    Good luck Pete; hope it turns out how you want it to! Thanks.
     
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