Airfix 14t Lowmac with JCB Excavator Load

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Building an iconic kit.

Just finished this iconic Airfix model which first appeared in 1963. It speaks volumes for the superb design of this kit, especially the JCB excavator, in that I was able to construct it with no problems, both then and now. I decided to add a few minor improvements to the original kit, such as cab glazing, styrene scotch on the outside of each tyre, and securing ropes. The Lowmac was brush painted with both enamels and acrylic paints. I replaced the Lowmac plastic wheels with metal wheels, and inserted brass top hat bearings into the rear of the axleboxes, fixing them in place with a hot soldering iron. The Lowmac was weighted with lead shot as shown in the photo. A styrene cover was applied to keep the lead shot in place, the said shot also having been affixed with superglue. Bachmann couplings were fitted. The decals are the kit originals and I'm very surprised that they are still usable after sixty or so years! This model will be appearing on my new layout 'London Road Sidings', and represents a new excavator on its way from the factory to a customer. A thoroughly enjoyable build. If anybody feels inclined to give this kit a try, I currently have one for sale on eBay (Uk only).

Terry


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That's a nice kit Terry. It's amazing how these old kits survive  and still build into half decent  models.

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Matt

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Thanks Matt.  Yes, with a few modifications, such as metal wheels, these old Airfix kits are comparible to modern offerings.  I note that Dapol include metal wheels in their production of these kits.

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Nice looking model Terry - you wouldn't know it was  60 years old.

I'm intrigued by your comments about fitting the metal wheels and top-hat bearings.  How did you ensure the bearings were square and correctly lined up ?  I'm assuming you fitted them during construction before the sole bars were fixed to the deck……………

I have 3 or 4 of the Airfix guards vans (now Dapol) which did come with metal wheels but no brass bearings.  I'd like to retro fit some ………………………:07rolleyes_2:

'Petermac
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