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LSWR corridor coaches


Barry Ten

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Over the weekend and Monday evening I pressed on with a bit more work on the Roxey Mouldings coaches I've been making.

 

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As covered earlier, the first of these is a brake third which I mostly finished last year, and the one on the right is a composite which I've made in the last week or so. Weirdly, the composite went together without any head-scratching, whereas I had to resort to a bit of guesswork with the brake. I was puzzled as to why this should be the case do decided to have a closer look at the contents. It turned out that the brake had been packed with the wrong instructions! Obviously they were still mostly relevant or I'd have been all at sea but I thought it odd that they made no mention of the corridor connections and left me in the dark with regard to the trussing arrangements. 

 

Other than the fact that you need to raid the scrap box for a few vital bits (I think queen posts are part of the basic structure of a coach, so should be included in the parts, similarly with cornice and rain strips) these are very good kits that go together without any difficulty whatsoever. The parts all fit straight off the etch and there's no need for any fettling beyond trimming back locating tabs and maybe opening up a hole or slot a smidge.

 

With the first one, I followed the guidelines about forming the tumblehome. This involves forming the tumblehome first, then making a sharp fold beneath it for the lip or ledge which abuts the chassis. As I was forming the latter, though, I found that the lower beading at the base of the tumblehome was starting to crease inwards. With the second one, I took the route of partially forming the ledge first, then forming the tumblehome, then going back and completing the fold for the ledge. This seemed to work a bit better so I'll try to keep it in mind for the next one! I'm perfectly happy with the brake but it's one area where I wanted to improve things on the next build.

 

Both roofs are now fitted and fixed in place and I've begun detailing and final finishing.

 

There are no seats so these will need to be provided. Again, I tend to feel that some provision for these should be in included in a kit, although I know that many kits don't. But the Comet, Slaters and PC kits I've made did include seats so I've taken that to be the norm. I think I might be able to get away with some very basic scratchbuilding as there just needs to be a hint of the seats' presence through the windows. They''re not like Centenary coaches where the interiors are easily visiblle.

 

Hope this has been of interest to anyone looking at the Roxey range. They made some good albums as well.

 

Cheers!

 

 

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Especially the ones with birds on the cover... so most of 'em then ;)

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Hey Barry,

 

Do Roxey make provision for the body to be removable from the chassis, or is the intention that they are fixed in place and the roof glued on and everything sealed up?

 

I'm seriously tempted to pick up a rake of 4 now!

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Hi Jack - thankfully it's very well designed so that the body is easily removable. The design is similar to the Comet arrangement, where screws go up into the body at either end. I don't like sealing up coaches either, although sometimes the design makes it hard to avoid.

 

Incidentally I was recently able to buy a Blacksmith S&DJR coach kit from an Rmwebber and the design looks very similar.

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I'll take some step by step photos when I build the corridor third.

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24 minutes ago, Barry Ten said:

I'll take some step by step photos when I build the corridor third.

 

Thanks Barry. I'll have a look through my Mike King volumes tonight to see which I need specifically. I think you might've pushed me over the edge! 

 

These will look excellent behind the E1 when complete - had you though about unlined olive?

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Hi Al, the coaches look very good. It's useful to see some examples from the Roxey range. I have long wanted to try some of their carriage kits. Some photos of your next build would be very interesting to see.

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19 hours ago, Jack P said:

 

Thanks Barry. I'll have a look through my Mike King volumes tonight to see which I need specifically. I think you might've pushed me over the edge! 

 

These will look excellent behind the E1 when complete - had you though about unlined olive?

 

I didn't realise unlined olive was an option (although I know Hornby did that Maunsell restaurant car in unlined olive recently) but I'd fear they'd look

a little dull! As it happens I do have some malachite-livered Southern locos so I'm not slavish about sticking to the earlier period. Anyway I'm hoping

that the courier will deliver me some malachite tomorrow, then I can start thinking about painting them all in one go or do these two first and then

finish the corridor third. Since there'll be little masking or overpainting, I'm hoping it'll all go swimmingly, unlike some of my chocolate and cream

mishaps!

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17 minutes ago, Mikkel said:

Hi Al, the coaches look very good. It's useful to see some examples from the Roxey range. I have long wanted to try some of their carriage kits. Some photos of your next build would be very interesting to see.

 

Thanks, Mikkel - I'd imagine there'd be something in the range to suit your period, even if it's just an excursion train?

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Yes there are a couple, like the F12. I just need to build the through platforms first :D

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