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#1 TonyK

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 14:03

I don't know if it's just me but I always seem to get the tops on wrong.
If it's of any use I think that this is correct IMG_1609.JPG



#2 Joseph_Pestell

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 14:17

But I suspect that your brake hangers are back to front.

 

Edit to add: Not wishing to be negative. I'm very interested to see how these turn out after so many years as I am considering a layout project (yet another one!) which would use a few of these.


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Posted 07 December 2017 - 14:39

I have built a few of these, I will have to check when i get home.



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Posted 07 December 2017 - 15:46

I have built a few of these, I will have to check when i get home.

 

I have just looked online. My mistake. He has got them the right way round - different from most other wagons of the era.



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Posted 07 December 2017 - 16:08

Hi

My favourite Airfix wagon kit........................

 

These might be of help

 

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Cheers

 

John


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#6 Joseph_Pestell

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 16:39

Pictures on the web suggest that the pipes are in a different position. But there may have been variations.



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Posted 07 December 2017 - 19:02

Great kit. When we measured one, I was lying underneath it and commented - I've seen that before! Its taken nearly 60 years for models to catch this quality up http://paulbartlett.....com/brprestwin

 

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#8 Kylestrome

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 22:12

After so many years in production, this is still a great kit. This one has P4 wheels and, apart having a replacement etched ladder, it was built just as it comes. It is weathered as an alumina wagon but still needs branding as such. It also runs very well without compensation or springing although it does have a fair bit of lead weight glued inside.

 

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 22:16

Deleted duplicate post.


Edited by Kylestrome, 07 December 2017 - 22:18 .


#10 John Tomlinson

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 19:52

After so many years in production, this is still a great kit. This one has P4 wheels and, apart having a replacement etched ladder, it was built just as it comes. It is weathered as an alumina wagon but still needs branding as such. It also runs very well without compensation or springing although it does have a fair bit of lead weight glued inside.

 

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You've also added the handrails going up from the ladder to the top, which in my opinion adds a lot.

 

A lovely paint job on this, I wonder airbrush, hairy stick or a combination of the two?

 

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#11 Kylestrome

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 21:06

A lovely paint job on this, I wonder airbrush, hairy stick or a combination of the two?

 

It's a while since I did this one but I usually spray the base colour, in order to achieve a flat finish, and then do the rest with brush work in enamels.

 

David

 

PS. Looking at it again I've also replaced the buffers and brake lever guards, fitted lamp brackets, and hand wheels on top. Small details really, as it was mostly an exercise in using as much of the kit as possible.


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#12 TonyK

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 21:46

Thanks for all the replies. It seems that I have got the slots in the right place so I have carried on assembling them.

I got four of these kits from my uncle's estate plus one that he had made so I thought it would be nice to finish them. However on all four kits the valves (parts 60 and61) were incompletely moulded and were just stubs so I will have to make them from bits of wire etc or see if I can salvage any bits from the ones I made when I was a kid.

As mentioned above they were wonderful kits and still look good today, I have just fitted metal wheels and bearings and some weights, three pennies in each hopper. Just smoothing out the silo seams and they will be ready for painting although looking at photos the welding was a bit rough and the joints are quite visible.

Just a couple of questions:

Kylestrome - where did you get the transfers from they look really good

And secondly how were these used, ie in block trains or small numbers, as I would like to use them on a layout set in the East Midlands.

Thanks for the interest.
Tony

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 22:27

Thanks for all the replies. It seems that I have got the slots in the right place so I have carried on assembling them.

I got four of these kits from my uncle's estate plus one that he had made so I thought it would be nice to finish them. However on all four kits the valves (parts 60 and61) were incompletely moulded and were just stubs so I will have to make them from bits of wire etc or see if I can salvage any bits from the ones I made when I was a kid.

As mentioned above they were wonderful kits and still look good today, I have just fitted metal wheels and bearings and some weights, three pennies in each hopper. Just smoothing out the silo seams and they will be ready for painting although looking at photos the welding was a bit rough and the joints are quite visible.

Just a couple of questions:

Kylestrome - where did you get the transfers from they look really good

And secondly how were these used, ie in block trains or small numbers, as I would like to use them on a layout set in the East Midlands.

Thanks for the interest.
Tony

There were never a huge number of these wagons; perhaps a hundred of the ones Airfix modelled and twenty or so with a shorter, taller, body. They'd typically be seen in small numbers alongside Covhops or other wagons; amongst traffic flows they were seen in were alumina to Fort William,  tri-poly-phosphate traffic from Workington and glass-making sand from Pilkington's quarries near Chelford (Congleton) and BIS Oakamoor. I'm not sure where the latter went to, but there were glassworks around Worksop.



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Posted 08 December 2017 - 23:06

In the official BR portrait of the first wagon, the lettering is 'to work between BIS Oakamoor and Port Sunlight', presumably sand was used in the manufacture of soap.



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Posted 08 December 2017 - 23:23

In the official BR portrait of the first wagon, the lettering is 'to work between BIS Oakamoor and Port Sunlight', presumably sand was used in the manufacture of soap.

 

Not soap but Vim as it was not suitable for transport in Presflo's.


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Posted 09 December 2017 - 11:21

Not soap but Vim as it was not suitable for transport in Presflo's.

It's the abrasive component of a lot of scouring powders and pastes; on occasion, china-clay slurry was used instead, especially by one of Lever's competitors in Warrington.


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Posted 09 December 2017 - 14:47


As mentioned above they were wonderful kits and still look good today, I have just fitted metal wheels and bearings and some weights, three pennies in each hopper. Just smoothing out the silo seams and they will be ready for painting although looking at photos the welding was a bit rough and the joints are quite visible.

Just a couple of questions:

Kylestrome - where did you get the transfers from they look really good

And secondly how were these used, ie in block trains or small numbers, as I would like to use them on a layout set in the East Midlands.

Thanks for the interest.
Tony

 

 

The welding appears very consistent in my photographs, including a vertical one on the silo side on the centre line.

 

Transfers available https://www.cctrans....uk/products.htm sheet BL47

 

These wagons can appear as singletons or in small numbers in general freight trains.

 

Paul



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Posted 09 December 2017 - 19:04

Kylestrome - where did you get the transfers from they look really good

I can't be very helpful there, I'm afraid, as they're a mix of old Woodhead and Model Master transfers.

 

Paul's link to Cambridge Custom Transfers looks useful, although it's a shame one can't see exactly what they look like before ordering.

 

David