Steve Johnson    Modelmaker



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Class 121 Pressed Steel Single Car


Lima produced a model of this class. Hornby re-introduced the model later, but with an updated 5 pole motor bogie.

My model is the Hornby version, with a few modifications. I converted it to DCC operation and added working lights. These are the bi-colour red/white tower LED's that easily slipped into the existing light apertures. A bit more challenging was illuminated hedcode panels. These were made from two surface mount type LED's soldered to a small piece of pcb. The existing panels were popped out and replaced with a printed headcode produced on my computer. A clear rectangular piece of acetate sheet was cut and fixed in the headcoade aperture and the printed panel offered up behind it. A check was made to make sure no light bled around the edges. Easily solved with a small dab of black paint. When satisfied, the LED panel was fixed behind in a plasticard fabricated 'light box'. Finally, interior lighting was added using the LED strips that are sold as coach lighting.

Dapol announced in December 2012 that they were to produce a RTR model of this class in various liveries. Craftsman Models currently produce a conversion kit based on the Lima Class 117. MTK also offered a kit of this class as did Westdale Coaches. Chris Leigh once offered a conversion kit for the Lima Class 117 to a Class 121. Anbrico produced a kit of this class some years ago.

Bachmann announced in September 2015 that they will produce a RTR model of this class.