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Conversion of Dapol BR 20T brake van kit to earlier LNER version

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One project that has sat on the work bench for a while are a couple of the old Airfix/Dapol BR 20T brake van kits I've been been detailing. One of them I decided to back date as an earlier LNER version which I've now completed.

 

This particular kit had banana shape sole bars so a bit of manipulation was required to try and staighten them. I cut off the concrete end weight mouldings and made new ones up from plastic sheet. The moulded handrails were removed and replaced with brass wire and soldered up where necessary.

 

I enlarged the windows on the veranda ends and made flush glazing up from a CD case. This has worked well. The ducket windows are made from Glue-n-Glaze.

 

The kit roof was replaced with one made up from plastic sheet-details added included MJT torpedo vents and some aluminium tubing for the stove chimney.

 

The running boards were cut shorter and the stays thinned. Wheels are Gibson 3 hole disc ones.

 

To finish I sprayed the underframe with NATO black and preshaded the roof and body. A mix of Valejo acrylics made up the bauxite and this was all sealed with Klear. Decals are a mixture of HMRS/Fox. Weathering was carried out using a mixture of washes, dry brushing and airbrushing the underfame. This was finished with Tamiya matt varnish.

 

Finally, Springside lamps were added as well as the cliche Monty's guard leaning over the veranda end.

 

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I'm not sure if the LNER version would have had different 'W' irons compared to the kit ones but I'm happy with the finished result.

 

I've taken a few snaps on 'Juniper Hill' of the brake in the company of Kettering Ivatt 2MT 46444. A farm worker (Monty's) has a brew beside his Ferguson tractor (A weathered Oxford product) oblivious to the goings on behind him.

 

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Cheers,

 

Mark

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That's turned out rather nice Mark.

 

Particularly like that first shot...some nice weathering once again :good:

 

What's happened to the Shakatak CD now it no longer has a box? :D

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What's happened to the Shakatak CD now it no longer has a box? :D

 

Whooooooo! Before my time Pete-Honest! :D

 

Well ok-it was my Best of Steps CD.  :O

 

As for Shakatak-well thats a blast from the past.  May have to see if I've the 12 inch extended remix somewhere in the stash of dodgy 1980's records in my parents loft. :)

 

Thanks for the comments too.

 

Cheers,

 

Mark

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That Airfix/Dapol kit is so good. I know about the roof and the ducket height but you have demonstrated its potential.  Will the Bachmann and Hornby ones be around in 50 years time I wonder?

 

On a different subject entirely, I do like Juniper Hills fences.

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That Airfix/Dapol kit is so good. I know about the roof and the ducket height but you have demonstrated its potential.  Will the Bachmann and Hornby ones be around in 50 years time I wonder?

 

On a different subject entirely, I do like Juniper Hills fences.

 

Thanks Alex,

 

Totally agree with you and about the Dapol/Airfix kit-it does scrub up well with a bit of work. I've the BR version to complete which is sat in front of me.

 

I guess the Bachmann/Hornby ones will still be around in 50 years time-will the Dapol kit be around though?

 

Cheers,

 

Mark

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I reckon the moulds for the Airfix/Dapol kit will wear out before someone produces a better model, so it might not make its century.

 

Did you change the buffers, or are those the ones in the kit?

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Morning Alex,

 

The bufffers are the kit ones with replacement turned buffer heads fitted.

 

Again for an LNER example they may be the wrong type.

 

Cheers,

 

Mark

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