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Horse-drawn parcels van and coal trolley


Mikkel

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Here are a couple of horse-drawn vehicles for "The bay".

 

 

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This GWR parcels van is based on No. 131, representing a type introduced in the 1890s. It was made using a Langley kit.

 

 

 

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The lettering is based on photos from the period (including the use of different fonts), and drawn up in Word with a brown background to match the van colour. It was then printed on thin paper and stuck to the van side. This shot is ruthless but from a normal viewing distance it looks OK. The poster is an original GWR example from 1907, reduced to scale size and printed.

 

 

 

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A Coal-merchant's trolley from Shirescenes. The kit also includes parts to make it up price boards and scales if so desired, a nice touch.

 

 

 

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Later I simplified the model, turning it into a straightforward flat trolley as seen here.

 

 

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A thought for your lettering.

 

Use a computer drawing package to print onto thin paper and cut to fit the paneling with handpainted finishing?

 

A thin wash of "mucky varnish" (matt varnish with a few drops of brown or black ink added) should bring it all together.(80gsm or below)

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For some bizzarre reason the editor will not allow me to delete (80gsm or below) which shoul of course refer to the weight of paper not the mucky varnish!

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Hello Rumblestripe,

Well two great minds seem to think alike smile.gif, as that is pretty much what I ended up doing (see photos above, added since your post). The lettering was based on photos from the period (including the use of different fonts), and drawn up in MS Word with a brown background to match the van colour. It was then printed on thin paper and stuck to the van side. The poster is an original GWR example from 1907, reduced to scale size and printed.

 

I think I might add a bit more weathering though as per your suggestion, many thanks for the tip.

 

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