The Peco kits used plastic chassis and metal (mazak?) bodies to which card sides were affixed.
Here's my effort using Peco sides on a styrene box van. Brakes and w-irons are etched.
Your Bass Van looks good to me.
Did you emboss the planks and strapping or is that the print effect ?
I heartily agree that keeping a consistant standard of finish across all features of a layout makes a huge contribution to the overall impression of the layout, whether they be rolling stock, buildings, RTR or scratch built.
Edited by Chris_nicole, 02 December 2011 - 11:35 .