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Sunday 4th September The Electrostar is officially complete! Built from redundant Bachmann Turbostar parts, with scratchbuilt cab ends, underframe equipment and pantograph wells, this 'Electrostar' unit has had it's bodywork chopped and sliced numerous times to bring the unit to scale length - the full set stands at over ten inches shorter than the original Turbostar formation.
These terrific units are similar to the standard third-rail ''s with the addition of much equipment for use under AC overhead power lines. Readers familiar with the project will notice new touches such as a full complement of underframe equipment and the custom decals applied to set off the unit.
Dellner couplers were pinched from a Virgin Voyager and a fun finishing touch is the 'Loftus Road' destination panels! As construction has been ongoing for nearly two years, I'll provide a recap on the main action further down the page.
Humble Beginnings - Construction Timeline I've always been impressed by the Southern Electrostars, I first saw them on our local railway through Worthing during type testing in December There and then, I thought "I've got to model that" - little did I know it would be a good 9 years before finally making that dream a reality.
When Worthing MRC's Loftus Road came along inI finally had an excuse to model one of these lovely units, and it had to be one of the batch of 15 dual-voltage units for the West London Line layout. After a hefty gestation period, the project started in January This website page documents the entire project, just scroll up from the bottom.
To summarise, the cabs were built by myself from plastic sheets using drawings from the Bombardier website, along with a few gigabytes of photographs and a knowing eye!
With a massive amount of cock-ups, sanding and filing, the cab started to look a bit like the real thing, and as I needed to produce multiples of the cab, I decided to resin cast the parts to allow easy duplication. It may have been easy duplication, but it certainly wasn't stress-free!
A large quantity of resin and rubber moulding material was acquired online from WP Notcuttand I soon had a big expensive package of dangerous chemicals to play with!
It was good old-fashioned messy fun making the rubber moulds and casting the resin parts. With the resin messyness out of the way, I moved onto chopping up the Bachmann Turbostar bodies. The real Electrostars use the shorter 20m bodyshells so this means a window's length is removed from the middle of the Bachmann Turbostar vehicle, and more bits from each end.
The cut'n'shut is straightforward but the tricky part is matching up the remaining parts for a smooth fit and making those joins invisible!
A disgustingly large quantity of filler was used to make sure that you cannot see the many joins in this vehicle! A shorter vehicle meant a shorter drive chassis unfortunately! The original cast-metal Bachmann chassis was ruthlessly chopped up and bolted back in the scale 20m length, with new short driveshafts made from spare plastic tubing.
At the heart of this is a Lenz Gold decoder powering the unit for superb slow speed controllability on DCC, and the functionality is there for some impressive lighting to be retro-fitted when I get the urge! Meanwhile, back on the body, the pantograph well was cut into the roof, and built from plastic parts: Next up was bonding the various parts together, the sides, the ends, roof and bespoke inner ends which were also resin cast to form one unit.This article needs additional citations for verification.
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