This is a recent purchase and it has to be said it was a bit of a lemon! The reason I purchased it was that it was heavily modified and I wanted a close look at how this was achieved. The modifications were as follows:-
Buffer beam modified to ‘cut away’ example.
Twin Fuel Tank Modifications.
Roof Grilles with extra strengtheners.
Body Foot Steps modified.
Front Nose Doors changed to Welded Sheet.
Front Nose Headlight Fitted.
Full repaint to a very good standard.
NOW THE BAD NEWS:-
Buffers Glued Solid
Wheels/Gears very worn.
Buffer Beam pipes damaged or missing.
Bogie Frames glued on/hindering access.
All Pick-ups in a filthy condition causing problems.
Missing body to chassis screws.
One light not working.
After much thought I decided to keep my purchase and give the Loco a good spring clean and add all missing bits. I then weathered it to a light to medium standard to hide a few little blemishes. I still have to address the Stuck buffers and the gear problem, but I have some spares gears.
Anyway here are the results so far.