Some years ago I picked up a number of secondhand GWR four and six-wheel coaches, originally scratchbuilt by Colin Edge. They were lovely models but had been worn by time.
I have since been gradually restoring the coaches - not to finescale standards but to general working order. This and the following blog entries is a lighthearted illustration of the work done.
First job was to inspect the damage (with apologies to Chris Nevard!). The example seen here is a diagram R1 All First 4-wheeler in the lake livery.
There must be a thousand coaches out there with broken or warped stepboards!
Springs gone too. And the paintwork is looking a bit sad. Anyone aged 40 upwards will recognize the symptoms
The roof has buckled, and the glazing isn’t so pretty anymore.
So to summarize, this little R1 exhibits some very typical signs of wear and tear on kitbuilt coaches. But as long as the basic model is sound it is well worth the restoration effort, I think. More on this to follow...