7mm Paul's Paint Shop - DJH Class 55

Discussion in 'Area 51' started by Paul Moore, 24 December 2018.

  1. Paul Moore

    Paul Moore New Member

    My first ever posting on here and with a slightly misleading title as the featured model is not painted!

    Most of my time is actually spent painting and lining but I've been building this DJH Deltic on and off for some months now. At long last it's ready for painting so I thought I'd share some photographs and details of the build of the model before I hit the paint shop.

    The motors that the kit is designed for are no longer available so the client had purchased 2 identical ABC gearboxes with Maxon motors and M&M Models timing belt drives. The upper part of each bogie had to be fretted out to clear the gearbox and square holes cut in the lower plates where the aluminium drive cogs sit. Instructions with the kit make no provision for any other drive mechanisms so it was all done by a bit of careful measuring and luck. All the supplied drive gear fits Slaters standard axles locked into place with Hex grub screws. I was also able to obtain one of the purpose designed pickup kits from DJH which I will fit when the bogies have been painted.

    The only written step by step instructions in this kit are for the motor bogies. The rest of the build just relies on photographs of a model built by DJH themselves. Thankfully I was loaned a completed class 55 by a friend from which I was able to reference where everything was located.

    I was also supplied with PH Designs detailing etches which are really to upgrade the Heljan Deltic and I used the bogie steps and one or two other bits to supplement the parts in the kit.

    DJH supply vacuum formed glazing for the windows but I'm going to follow the example of the borrowed model and cut very thin clear glazing material and trap it in place behind each of the window surrounds after painting. The kit and the PH etches provide these in nickel silver so they will replicate the aluminium surrounds of the prototype.

    This has been a challenging kit to build, the sheer size and weight of the body shell alone made it difficult to work on. All the tinning of brass and nickel silver grill etches seemed to go on forever and then they all had to be fixed onto the shell with low melt solder. I've also had to plan for the later fitting of DCC, sound, exhaust and a full set of running lights.

    I'm sure the Class 55 fans reading this will be able to recognise which of the 22 prototypes this is to be and the livery.

    Thankfully I'm on the last lap now and I'll post photographs of the finished model when it's all done.


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  2. warren haywood

    warren haywood Western Thunderer

    The purple Tutle:)
    Got a set of transfers for it if you want them
  3. Paul Moore

    Paul Moore New Member

    It sure is. Thanks for the offer but I bought the set when I took the commission on.
  4. TheSnapper

    TheSnapper Western Thunderer

    Hi Paul

    It's great to see you on here - hope you are keeping well!

    I look forward to seeing the Deltic when finished - I bet it weighs a ton....

    Belated Best Wishes for Christmas & have a Happy New Year.


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  5. Paul Moore

    Paul Moore New Member

    I've finally got the class 55 finished and as promised here are some photographs of the completed model. All the detail that had to go on after it was painted plus the flush glazing took a weeks worth of work!!

    My first foray into diesel building and the biggest challenge for me was realising that there were mostly 4 of every part to fit instead of the usual 2 I'm used to in steam outline models. Also you'd think that both ends were exact images of each other - NOT , so constant references to photographs was needed.

    After a period of running on conventional DC power it's off to Cliff Williams for DCC, lighting and sound. The Wipac lens covers and designation panels are just held on temporary with double sided tape so the bulbs can go in from the front.
    No.1 End Front View.jpg No.1 End Side View .jpg No.1 End Side View.jpg No.2 End Front View.jpg No.2 End Three Quarter View.jpg
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  6. Jordan

    Jordan Mid-Western Thunderer

    Was whoever decided on that livery for a Deltic ever actually brought to trial..?? :confused: ;) :D

    Regardless of the colour, I reckon that's one of the best representations of Deltic windscreens I've seen.:thumbs: