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Dapol/Airfix 16T Mineral Wagon. Now bionic and with added inserts..

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A little bit of progress today on this build. I've replaced the top panel in the centre above the doors I removed on these two 16 Tonners. Suitable width plastic sheet was used for this. Trusty Micro-Strip then replaced the beading and door locking latches. 

 

We can rebuild them...

 

I've also tidied up the area around the bottom of the doors to try to look more prototypical. The kit doors are designed to open but in this case are glued shut. 

 

We can rebuild them...

 

Essentially other than the Lanarkshire Model Supplies buffers I need to order and fit the wagons will be ready for the paint shop. 

 

I would like to add the tie bars. Does anyone know of suitable brass strip for the job?

 

Also I know some of these wagons were vacuum braked with brake cylinders. Were others just through piped? 

 

Cheers, 

 

Mark

 

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Nice work as usual Mark. H & A models sell etched tiebars from Cambrian in different wheel bases.

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They look great, looking forward to seeing some paint.

I have just recently got into kit wagon building and i love all the extra bits that people do to the kits.

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On 19/01/2020 at 20:55, gwrrob said:

Nice work as usual Mark. H & A models sell etched tiebars from Cambrian in different wheel bases.

 

Thankyou kind Sir. I fancied a bit of retro modelling. 

 

Thanks for the top tip re: H&A and those Cambrian tie bars. 

 

One to investigate. 

 

Cheers, 

 

Mark

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10 hours ago, down the sdjr said:

They look great, looking forward to seeing some paint.

I have just recently got into kit wagon building and i love all the extra bits that people do to the kit

 

 

Thankyou as well kind Sir.

 

Much appreciated. 

 

Look forward to seeing your builds. 

 

Mark 

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Hi Mark

 

1mm x 1mm brass angle from Eileen's is my choice for tie bars.  

 

Can't remember who put me onto it but it is a bit more robust than flat strip, and hard to see the difference if you put the horizontal leg pointing inwards, at the bottom.

 

 

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14 hours ago, Jamie said:

Hi Mark

 

1mm x 1mm brass angle from Eileen's is my choice for tie bars.  

 

Can't remember who put me onto it but it is a bit more robust than flat strip, and hard to see the difference if you put the horizontal leg pointing inwards, at the bottom.

 

 

 

Thanks Jamie, 

 

Sounds like a more robust option. I'll have a look on the Eillien's site. 

 

Good to hear from you by the way. 

 

Cheers, 

 

Mark

 

 

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14 hours ago, griffgriff said:

Tie bars? Have you fitted vacuum brakes?
 

Griff

 

Not yet but I will be.

 

See the earlier blog entry on this build for more information. 

 

Cheers, 

 

Mark

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Some very nice mods there Mark.

 

Once these are finished, painted and weathered using your techniques they should look fab.

 

Look forwards to see the write up as to which layout they will be running on...assuming you are not regauging them to 009 :D

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1 hour ago, bcnPete said:

Some very nice mods there Mark.

 

Once these are finished, painted and weathered using your techniques they should look fab.

 

Look forwards to see the write up as to which layout they will be running on...assuming you are not regauging them to 009 :D

 

Thanks Pete, 

 

A nice retro 80's modelling experience influenced by Keith Allen's articles in the Railway Modeller. 

 

Looking forwards to weathering them. They should have plenty of character.

 

As for layout options they may appear on the new Northamptonshire project. Watch this space for further details. 

 

Cheers, 

 

Mark 

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1 hour ago, bcnPete said:

 

....assuming you are not regauging them to 009 :D

 

Could always put them on a roll-wagon to run on 009.. :D

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