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Author Topic: Improving the Farish Rebuilt Merchant Navy 'Clan Line'  (Read 362 times)

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Improving the Farish Rebuilt Merchant Navy 'Clan Line'
« on: June 01, 2018, 02:30:18 PM »
After much searching I have finally managed to secure myself a Graham Farish Rebuilt Merchant Navy Pacific on Ebay (372-302 Clan Line), although I think it is a good looking locomotive I am looking to make some visual improvements to it.

I have a plan to replace the front bogie with one from N Brass, as well as add a crew to the footplate, however I was wondering what others have done to improve the detail on their Rebuilt Pacifics? I hope to post in future posts the improvements that I have made.

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Re: Improving the Farish Rebuilt Merchant Navy 'Clan Line'
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2018, 10:42:35 PM »
Bogies, tender gap and the shiny wheels and motion are the most important visual areas to address.

This was a professional upgrade job done for me recently. It's still some way short of a modern era model but we decided that further improvements such as handrails and brake rigging would be too hard/expensive.


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Re: Improving the Farish Rebuilt Merchant Navy 'Clan Line'
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2018, 11:17:45 PM »
Looks brilliant Longbow. Well as brilliant as you'll ever get them without spending fortunes.

I too will have to go this route with no sign of dapol delivering any time soon. But then my layout is taking just as long!!

The cab glazing makes these look a million times better then the hollow windowed toy train!

Front bogies from Nick at nbrass are definitely a must!!

And Fox have released a good few more brass plaques for the fleet as well!

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Re: Improving the Farish Rebuilt Merchant Navy 'Clan Line'
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2018, 02:37:55 AM »
Here's what was done:

Clean and lubricate (loco was second-hand and a poor runner)
Fit DCC compatable brushes, springs, adjust wheel quartering
DCC fit (CT Electronik DCX76z, small enough to fit inside loco body), plus Digihat brush kit
Tender pickups 3.95 (BR Lines)
Front bogie: Parts 9.50 (N Brass)
Reduced loco tender gap
Front vac pipes, coupling hook
Lamp irons + headcode disks
Etched brass nameplates
Etched brass deflectors and handrails
Cab windows (Krystal Klear)
Real coal
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Re: Improving the Farish Rebuilt Merchant Navy 'Clan Line'
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2018, 10:11:39 AM »
I've never heard of DCC compatible brushes. How do they differ from the usual sort? Do they make a difference? And where do you get them, please?

 

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