LB&SCR Isle of Wight Class E1

Isle of Wight E1 by Richard Gawler

By Richard Gawler

Prototype details

LB&SCR, SR, BR. 1874-1958+ preservation.
See East Somerset Railway rolling stock pages.

Base model

Dapol (now Hornby) LB&SCR 'Terrier'.

Body shell

Height of cab reduced by 2 mm (not 3 mm described by others).
Height of chimney reduced by 2 mm.
Length of bunker extended by 3 mm (footplate unchanged).
New toolbox created by cutting the original in half and filled in the middle with Milliput.
Unwanted boiler details removed.
Front end of footplate extended by 1.5 mm immediately in front of upper sand boxes.
Smoke box extended by 0.75 mm using supplied accessory spacer.
Fairing added below smoke box door.
Upper sand boxes flared into splashers to match those on an E1.

Chassis
Unmodified
Modifed Kadee NEM-style couplers fixed to original coupler mounting holes
Motor, drive train, wheels Unmodified
Extra ballast weight (lead shot) added inside body shell to improve running
Paintwork Dark Volvo Grey (Halfords aerosol)

Markings

'Sunshine' lettering (HMRS 'Pressfix')

Detailing Safety valve cover from the original model accessory pack
Rear window bars (etched brass components for 00 from Mainly Trains)
Buffers (cut-down 00 wagon buffers)
Electrics Unmodified
Wired for DC


This conversion is discussed at length in the December 1990 issue of Scale Model Trains, and there is an account of a simplified conversion by Tim Stevens in issue 46 of Satellite 1:87. My own project is a little different as it presents one of the engines used on the Isle of Wight.

Richard Gawler's E1 before painting Before painting

British 1:87 Scale Modelling