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Posted by Fen End Pit , in Wagon building, Locomotive building 02 April 2011 - - - - - - · 370 views

I've been a bit busy fiddling with dodgy electronics recently but haven't produced anything worth adding to the blog (yet). However I have also found time to build another Dave Bradwell brake van chassis so thought folks might like to see a picture. On the left is the completed one from last year, on the right the one I've just finished. I decided to do a...


All wagons are equal but some are more equal than others

Posted by Fen End Pit , in Wagon building 05 January 2011 - - - - - - · 311 views

Or in other words all 16 ton mineral wagons might look the same at first but they are not all equal.

In this case we have a slope sided 16 ton mineral from Parkside , a standard 16 ton with morton brakes from Airfix and finally on the right a fitted 16 ton with the longer wheel base, tie rods between the W-irons and a somewhat rusty bauxite livery.


Shark Attack!

Posted by Fen End Pit , in Wagon building 03 January 2011 - - - - - - · 288 views

Today was one of those days when I painted two wagons and got the colour of both wrong the first time!

This shark started off bauxite but then I realized it should have been black for my chosen period.

Got a few assorted fish to go in front of it to work on now.



More work on 16 ton Minerals

Posted by Fen End Pit , in Wagon building 12 December 2010 - * * * - - · 862 views

Thursday night saw the bodies of the wagons fitted and Friday evening was spent fitting weight and Alex Jackson couplings. Still need to fit the dropper wires for the coupling.

I realized that having removed the toy hinges for the side doors I needed to replace them with something more to scale. A few pieces of plasticard...


Airfix 16 ton minerals - getting the brakes right!

Posted by Fen End Pit , in Wagon building 07 December 2010 - - - - - - · 685 views

Reading Geoff Kent's 'The 4mm Wagon - part 1' gives the answer to the question on the Airfix brakes.

The kit provides two mouldings, only one of which is required, and two identical brake handles, the one on the same side as the brakes should be fitted with a Morton clutch.

So, I've removed the brakes from one side and cut the brake handles off...


Updating Airfix 16 ton minerals

Posted by Fen End Pit , in Wagon building 06 December 2010 - - - - - - · 1,542 views

I was luck enough to have the opportunity to get hold of a pile of original Airfix 16 ton mineral wagons. Nice little kits which are worth a bit of work to bring up to modern standards. The price seems quite reasonable too!

I wanted to use Bill Bedford sprung W-irons so first thing was to remove the plastic W-irons to...


New parcels additions

Posted by Fen End Pit , in Empire Basin, Structures, Wagon building 21 October 2010 - * * * * * · 242 views

Over the last couple of weeks I've rewheeled a Bachmann LMS 50 Brake and a BR GUV, two more additions to my parcels train. Actually it is probably going to end up as an 'Up Parcels' and 'Down Parcels' as the fiddleyard won't be long enough to hold all the stock! I did a bit of a foolish thing with the GUV, I brought one in Rail Express Parcel livery as...


The application of decals

Posted by Fen End Pit , in Wagon building 13 June 2010 - - - - - - · 180 views

An order to Modelmaster produced suitable transfers for the 16t minerals I've built up over the last few months. The plaintive requests on their website asking for people not to bother ringing them to chase order were unnecessary as delivery was 4 days!

The ease of not having to put every b£$"d% number on individually is certainly a...



Posted by Fen End Pit , in Wagon building 12 June 2010 - - - - - - · 858 views

I've started work on another vehicle for the parcels train, a MK1 GUV. So far the B4 bogies have been replaced by Mk1 type. These are Bill Bedford etchings with the sides off Bachmann Mk1 bogies (suitable thinned down). The Bachmann bogies came from Kernow Models last week and at £3.50 for a pair are actually cheaper than some less detailed white metal...


Bradwell Brake

Posted by Fen End Pit , in Wagon building 14 December 2009 - - - - - - · 370 views

One of the most enjoyable bits of stock construction over the last year was this Dave Bradwell Brakevan chassis kit. Paired with the body of an airfix/Dapol kit I was very pleased with the result. The chassis kit is ??16 and was very well designed and etched. The etch looked fiendish at first glance but I found the step-by-step instructions very good. While...

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