I'm a real fan of the Oxford Rail 7 Plank RCH wagon. I realise it's not perfect but it is has a number of merits including price.
I've a few of these including a couple I've weathered for my 1947 Teign Valley project. Some of them where bought with a view to repainting them into scruffy 1950's/1960's BR ex-private owner wagons. Paul Marshall Potter (PMP) on his excellent Albion Yard blog wrote an article on converting them to this state.
One thing I liked was the use of the Modelmaster decals for ex-private wagons which would certainly save a great deal of time.
The wagons themselves breakdown nicely into their component parts. I used a mixture of a glass fibre burnishing stick and Humbrol enamel thinners to remove the printed liveries. A coat of Halfords grey plastic primer was then applied. Using prototype photos I worked up the wagon sides with a brush to resemble weathered unpainted planking using Valejo acrylics inside and out. One of the wagons was also sprayed with Tamiya Japanese Navy Grey to represent a recently painted wagon for a spot of variety.
The white door stripe was masked off with Tamiya tape and very light grey was dry lightly brushed over the ironwork. A light coat of Humbrol Kleer was then brushed over the wagons as a gloss surface for the Modelmaster Decals which went on nicely and received a coat of Micosol setting solution to give a better painted on look. Must say these really are time savers like I mentioned earlier.
Finally I dry brushed some Valejo dark rust and Games Workshop gun metal over the raised iron work and buffer heads. All was sealed with a coat of airbrush applied Valejo matt varnish.
Pleased with how these have turned out and a nice variation to the wagon fleet.
Happy New Year,