Thanks for the warm welcome. Currently OMWB are 3 class 86 locomotives along with a couple of class 87's. Here is a brief update but you can follow in more detail on RMweb (a british forum) http://www.rmweb.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1935&p=266970#p266970
The RTR 86 comes with a pancake motor with a 10ft wheelbase. 86's have a 10ft 9 wheelbase so they need changing. I replace the RTR drive with that from a Bachmann Warship - which has a much closer to prototype wheelbase than the original bogies
Pic shows the Bachy bogie fitted with Alan Gibson 3ft 8 wheels and my own etches for the SAB resilient wheel pattern.
Bogies first. Bachy warship again and Gibson 3ft 8 wheels but no inserts this time. For sideframes I use Hornby class 90 which unlike the class 86 frames are 2mm too long not too short. This means that you only need 1 sideframe for each new one.
The class 86 chassis with lots of holes cut into it to give better depth
A couple of complete class 86 chassis
I draw my own etches for bits I need that I cant get from other suppliers
Various class 86 bits.
This is how the battery box looks
Time to move to the bodies. On the 86 the Headcode box needs the frame removing and filing flat while the hatches on the cab side are wrong and need removing. I etched new bits for these and the cab front TDM jumpers.
More to follow