fitting metal handles and a floor I gave the loco a thorough wash before it received a thin layer of new primer. The cab interior was painted light grey (I used Vallejo Model Air 71121 USAF light grey) and weathered with thinned oil paints (black and burnt umber). The windows were made from clear plastic card. I use Kristal Klear to glue windows as it dries completely clear and shiny and gives a good, strong bond. After the cab was painted and given a quick spray of matt varnish I glued the floor in place.
I fitted the ESU decoder on the gear box end of the BullAnt with double sided tape. In that way I have a self contained drive unit that simply bolts in place with two M2 bolts. (You may remember that I ran out of M2 nuts while building the bogie flats. After having ordered a new supply from Germany one of my friends from HVB presented me with a good selection of M2 nuts and bolts. It will last a long time before I run out of M2!).
|BullAnt with ESU-decoder. After a test fit to the loco body I had to relocate the decoder on the gearbox end of the BullAnt. I buy decoders in my local hobby shop - Taastrup Togkælder. Other than decoders I don't shop a lot of 'main stream' model railway stuff, so I'm probably not a customer they'll ever miss. Behind the BullAnt is my old 25W Antex soldering iron given to me by my mom and dad in the early eighties when they made me switch from building far too many plastic tanks to running trains. And yes: The handle on the iron is bakelite! I only pull out the small 25V iron when I solder decoders.|
'Skilteskoven' while the numbering was adapted from an old Tamiya decal sheet. The lovely etched plates I had acquired from Germany was impossible to locate on my shelves, even if I pride myself of having complete control of where I keep what. I ordered new plates from Beckert Modellbau. Reluctantly, though, as I expect to find the lost plates any day now that I have received new ones...
|Decals in place. The black lump is filling for the fuel box and the small plastic pieces will end up as fire wood.|
|Fuel box filled and the fire wood has been given a coat of paint. Weathering has begun.|
|An illustration of how a gas generator works. For non-German speakers you can follow the gas from the generator on the left through the different cleaning filters and cooler to the engine's piston on the far right.|