While I wait for the Romford screwdriver and crank pins needed to finish my County, I have gone back to working on my Cornish Riveria Express project.
Having already built two thirds and a left hand brake, etched have now arrived for the restaurant pair along with the composite. The latter is being converted as I feel it will be a lot quicker to replace the whole side than to just add the new window frames.
Work has started on the more complicated build for the restaurant First, mostly because the other two donor coaches were outside!
I started by preparing the direst body side, the logic being that the shell will be two weak If I chopped up virgin sides at once, so one etch needs gluing before the other side is prepared. The window area was enlarged and a large section chopped out for he recessed door.
Next the etch was soldered up, before removing the etched gutter and test fitting onto the model. This highlighted an alignment issue in that the etch wasn’t straight. A quick touch of the soldering iron soon had it realigned.
The model and etch were both smeared with Ecostick and clamped in place to dry, the side now needs fitting with a length of 60thou by 10thou Evergreen strip to thicken the gutter.
Once fully dry the other side will be attached following the same approach, then it will be onto the remaining coaches. I want to get the whole rake finished by the spring so they can all be painted and lined together.