So far the only coaching stock that I've built to use on Sherton Abbas, are a rake of 4 wheeler's along with a solitary all 3rd bogie clerestory. To add a bit of variety to operating sessions I've decided to build some more passenger stock and thought I'd document their build in my blog.
The Slater's kits comprise of really well moulded plastic components for the majority of the coach body, accompanied by lost wax castings for for detail parts. The coaches run on etched brass bogies, that incorporate individual sprung suspension for each wheel.
The instructions suggest starting construction of the kit by building the etched brass bogies, so I tackled these first. The main frames are a simple fold up exercise, with the corners reinforced with solder. A little judicious filing was need on the etched brass cusped edges to enable the hornblocks to slide freely and then the wheels could be temporarily fitted to allow the set up of the brake shoes.
Etched brass bogie fold up
The brake gear was fitted with the wheels in situ and once happy that I had adequate clearances was soldered into position. Fitting the step supports was the final step in the bogie's construction involving heat, so once that had been completed the plastic components could be glued in position using 5 minute epoxy resin.
Brake gear and leaf springs
The bogie was then sprayed with acid etch primmer to ensure the paint would have a good adhesion to the brass. I don't like the idea of putting acid etch paint through my airbrush, so used an aerosol can from Autotek https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005JCRF8Y/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
which seemed to give excellent coverage without masking out any detail.
Bogie after priming
The hornblocks and wheels were then fitted back into position, along with the tiny coil springs that provide the bogie's suspension.
Wheels and springs
The bogies were then painted in their final colour with enamel paints.
Now the bogies are complete, I plan to make a start on the coach body. One of the advantages of a plastic kit is that the sides can be painted before assembly of the body. Painting complex liveries is so much easier if the sides can lay flat on the work bench!
Until next time....