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GWR conflat & container


Buckjumper

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Something I recently dredged out from one of the containers on the drive - an ex-GW H7 conflat wagon and container.

 

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Originally built five or six years ago, this was going to be in the 1930s GW livery, but the commission ground to a halt when my client changed period to late Edwardian, so back it went unpainted into the box, until picked up by someone else for an early 1950s setting.

 

It's built almost as designed with the exception of replacement GW-style screw couplings from Laurie Griffin and CPL's lovely shackle and chain set (there's a pretty good write-up of them over on Raymond Walley's site here). Despite the split spring design of the shackles where the two halves are mated with cyano when in position on the wagon, I found it hard to give the impression the chains were taut, so pushed down on the hook at the top so it was flat against the container, tightening everything up, introduced a little glue and bob's your uncle.

 

Cheeky? Yes. Non-prototypical? Yes. Compromise? Yes. Would you have known if I'd not told you? Exactly! ;)

 

I love the juxtaposition of the dull oxide of the flat wagon and the glossy carriage crimson on the container with this livery, and despite being weathered, I wanted to maintain that combination of finishes. With my usual 'chuck loads of paint at it and take it all off again' routine, which I've described extensively on here already, followed by a few hours of drybrushing highlights and shadows I think I've just about cracked it.

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It's modelling like this that could tempt me to go 7mm.First class.I would want it GWR colours !

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Very nice Adrian!  I particularly like the colour that you've achieved on the chains, was that done with metal blackening chemicals or clever use of paint?

 

Dave

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Thanks chaps.

 

Go on  Rob, all you need is one wagon and a length of track, just to give it a try. You know you want to...then a little tank engine.... (just avoid the 1366 class! ;) )

 

Yes Dave, the chains were dipped in a solution of Birchwood Casey Super Blue about 4:1 in favour of water. Once attached they were drybrushed with black H33 and brown H133 about 3:1, and then a little grey H64 added for highlights.

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Yes Dave, the chains were dipped in a solution of Birchwood Casey Super Blue about 4:1 in favour of water. Once attached they were drybrushed with black H33 and brown H133 about 3:1, and then a little grey H64 added for highlights.

Thanks for that Adrian, as I said before very convincing looking.

 

Best wishes

 

Dave

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Your original client had good taste to go Edwardian, but whoever picked this one up must be very happy! Your colouring is superb, and the lettering (rarely commented on) is very neatly done. Hadn't heard of that shackle kit before, it really adds a lot to the effect. 

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Hi Buckjumper -

 

I've half-built the same kit & its awaiting finishingg...  However, the chassis of my kit has 'bowed' slightly along its length.  Any experience/advice??

 

Regards

 

Ian

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Thanks Mikkel. Actually the lettering brought out the Saxon invective. It was supposed to go on in sections, but individual letters and numbers instead sailed off to all points of the compass. The Imperial load, tare and capacity was bad enough, but when the little block of metric details in the top left corner misbehaved it was a nightmare.

 

Hi Scanman - I'm not sure that I've encountered a bowed chassis on a short wheelbase plastic kit of a wagon, though it's happened before on a longer coach, and that was righted once mated to the body.

 

In this case I think first port of call would be to exercise a little brute strength as the plastic should be fairly forgiving. Alternatively, weight the wagon in such a way that over a period of time it comes back into alignment. I'm not sure if the application of heat - such as a hairdryer -  will have the same effect as it does with bowed resin - might be worth an attempt.

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Thats a lovely shade of glossy carriage crimson, Would you mind telling me which paint you used? many Thanks

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5 hours ago, MerseyMan said:

Thats a lovely shade of glossy carriage crimson, Would you mind telling me which paint you used? many Thanks

 

Erm, he posted that over six years ago and hasn't visited RMWeb since 2016...

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