I had two Tomytec chassis available and
thought it was time to get a bit 'art deco' silly! The 1930s was a
time of hope for the future. The modernism movement, later to be called
art deco was in full flood. Air racing was the premier outdoor sport in
the USA and airliners were finding their routes around the world.
This project reflects those times, just
before the shadow of the Nazis fell over the world. As usual, no plans
were drawn and the whole progression of the model was 'organic'!
The chassis is 1/16
Here the front hood is
formed. Drop windows from coach kits are used to form basis of
Here the two bodies are
mounted on the Tomytec chassis. Conversion to DCC is not the most easy.
Forming of the cab
The body sides are
soldered on. Again, they are quite thick brass. The wind shield now has
been cut down and edged with wire to form the roofline.
The heavy duty draw
gear is fabricated and installed.
The cab dash is
fabricated and the body ends fitted. The roofs are made up. The framing
is to prevent distortion when the roof well is cut out.
detailing has begun and
the keen corridor connection added.
The cove line is added
steps and filler pipes
the shells are ready
for wiring and painting
The upper light and
horn nacelles are added
horns and air intake
Header tanks fitted and
fin on headlight nacelles
The headlights jammed
under the over bridges so were rebuilt. This is the unit close to