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Horse-drawn parcels van and coal trolley

Posted by Mikkel , in Horse drawn, The Bay 01 November 2009 · 1,922 views

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Here's a couple of horse-drawn vehicles for "The bay".

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This GWR parcels van is based on No. 131, representing a type introduced in the 1890s. The horse is not actually tap dancing - it only looks that way! Anyway, this is a Langley kit, and went together reasonably well with no major hitches. The instructions are good and include detail on the paint scheme.

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The completed parcels van on "The bay".

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A Coal-merchant's trolley from Shirescenes. The kit also includes price boards and scales, the latter being a rather nice touch. I had a spot of trouble fitting the axles to the correct ride-height, as this seemed counter-intuitive and the instructions are a bit vague in this respect. But other than that, a nice kit to build.

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The trolley installed on "The bay". I eventually decided to modify it a bit and just have it as a simple flat vehicle.
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Jan 10 2010 13:28
A thought for your lettering.

Use a computer drawing package to print onto thin paper and cut to fit the paneling with handpainted finishing?

A thin wash of "mucky varnish" (matt varnish with a few drops of brown or black ink added) should bring it all together.(80gsm or below)
Jan 10 2010 13:29
For some bizzarre reason the editor will not allow me to delete (80gsm or below) which shoul of course refer to the weight of paper not the mucky varnish!

Hello Rumblestripe,

Well two great minds seem to think alike smile.gif, as that is pretty much what I ended up doing (see photos above, added since your post). The lettering was based on photos from the period (including the use of different fonts), and drawn up in MS Word with a brown background to match the van colour. It was then printed on thin paper and stuck to the van side. The poster is an original GWR example from 1907, reduced to scale size and printed.


I think I might add a bit more weathering though as per your suggestion, many thanks for the tip.


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