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More Wagons, batch-built


Adam

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The joy of cobbling together 'traditional' wagons is that there are so many similar processes which, once you've worked out how to do them come quite quickly. As I've noted before, having mundane bits in stock means that you can progress quickly while the mood takes you. Making one set of couplings, for example, can be a hassle. Making 6 sets at one go only really takes half as long again as making 2 pairs, so why not make an evening of it? So, along with the Coil carriers mentioned earlier, I've been playing with another three or four at the same time. It only really gets dull when you're doing multiples of the same wagon so having done 30 or so empty minerals, I'm taking a break for a short while. This post is by way of a parade of work in progress.

 

First up, this LMS-designed, BR-built fruit van (Parkside PC42): I've done one of these before and clearly forgot about it so this is a duplicate. There was another batch with LNER brakegear as well so that's a possibility for a later date. Not that this is a bad thing, especially if you own plastic moulding equipment in Kirkcaldy. If you look carefully, you may observe modelling in progress.

 

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Another Kirkcaldy product is this Grampus, from the mark 1 Parkside kit (not an ideal choice: the three part ends were a complete swine and those baskets under the floor still can't be had in brass) and this was, in fact, my first ever plastic kit. If it were human, it would just have collected its GCSE results. These pictures record progress through its third - yes, you read that right, third - rebuild. It started out in OO, was re-gauged with spoked wheels to EM and has since had some 3-hole discs, a second set of replacement buffers and new brakegear. This time round, it's getting a new set of brake levers (Dave Bradwell with Masokits GW pattern ratchet lever guides) a new set of couplings and some of the detail I unaccountably missed the last two times. You can spot these very easily, they're unpainted...

 

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From a different generation entirely, this GWR china clay wagon (PC82 - as built and how they looked when the NCB had finished with them) but still benefiting from some additional detailing including some better looking axleboxes and springs. Goes together square on the first time of asking though. The body of the Grampus still isn't.

 

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And finally, more mucking about with bits of plastic and brass, an SR-designed shock high. There's modelling in progress here too. All that strapping, corner plates next. For the real thing, as ever, Paul Bartlett comes up with the pic's.

 

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Adam

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Hello - I particularly like the fruit van. Whose screw couplings did you use on this?

 

Best regards,

Mark

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Thanks, the couplings are Masokits, a bit of a fiddle to assemble, but once assembled, they don't fall apart (all soldered you see).

 

Adam

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The china clay has modified ABS (new safety loops) with levers and vees from Masokits. There's nothing wrong with the bits Parkside supply and I've retained them for future use, but the real wagons were rebuilt in in '40s with conventional 2-shoe independent brakes having been built with a version of the Dean Churchward variety. Once BR replaced them in the early '50s most were sold on to the NCB and it'll be finished in that condition.

 

The SR shock is pure Masokits and if I'm honest, the sole reason for building the wagon (dad modelled one of these 40 years ago so we don't really need another) is the possession of the etch for the brakegear!

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