My first entry: The other day I began having a look at creating a semi-fictional GW 6-wheel brake carriage, having been inspired by an article on the Swansea Railway Modellers Group.
I already had a Triang 6-wheel chassis, a suitable chassis for now which will be heavily detailed in the near future. The body? Taken from a ratio kit which I had started painting but never got any further.
Work over the past couple of days has included shortening the ends of the chassis slightly to accept the ratio body, reducing the ride height slightly and adding new wheels for a better ride.
The photos below show the progress so far, still a long way to come but I hope to have the footboards added by the end of today.
(Below) The chassis ready for accepting the body. The middle wheelset has been filed flat to ensure good running qualities. Brake gear, linkages and other gubbins will appear eventually.
(Below) The chassis side on. Not much change yet but footboards and tie bars will be added soon. I’m also planning to remove and re-site the brake blocks, add new whitemetal axleboxes and springs, as the triang offering has no relief whatsoever.
(Below) A test fit of the body shows how it could look in the end. As well as the details to the underframe, new buffers, couplings and vac pipes will appear. Hopefully it’ll end up looking somewhat half decent.