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Old 25-06-2018, 03:30 PM   #1
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A couple of questions on the Pannier tank

1) can the body of a closed roof fit on the chassis of an open roof pannier tank?
2) is there anywhere where you can get custom loco numbers for a pannier tank to save having two (or more) with the same number?

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Old 25-06-2018, 03:37 PM   #2
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1). They should swap easily if they are from the same era.

2). Yes from here for example.

https://modelmaster.uk/99-4mm-scale-...ion-nameplates


Other places are available. Try googling '4mm scale etched number plates' for example.
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Lovely, thank you very much
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Wait! Depends which Hornby pannier tank locos you mean. The older design of pannier tank uses the old X03/X04 motor which is different to the open cab pannier tank which was made later. (Then open cab version came in around the middle of the 1980's while the earlier closed cab pannier tank came in in the very early 1970's...1972-3?)
I dont know what chassis is used today as both were still made a couple of years ago. The early body last resurrected to make "Duck" from the Thomas range. I've not owned the open cab version to see, or Duck, so I can't say what the chassis designs are, though I expect them to have smaller motors.

Be aware that I'm not saying they dont fit each other. I am saying to be aware of different chassis designs. I believed the open cab newer model to be a different design. The body seemed to sit lower on the chassis and the loco was more detailed.
I hope what I write has not put the cat in the pigeons. If it is just the cab, then the closed cab version (Which is the older model) will need cutting work to remove the cab as it is formed from the main body structure. The top of the pannier tank was made removeable for models fitted with the smoke generators).

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Open cab and Duck are the same. I swapped them. I did say if the models are from the same era MG.
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Ah. That explains. The closed cab version was my very first electric loco. I was given it about 1976-1977.
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