Well I've dived off into the deep end today! After yesterdays playing with the forthcoming Manor, it was straight out to the garage today, in between nappies and bathing and burping. I recently purchased a kit for a Maunsell 51ft SR bogie gangway luggage (GBL) van from Ultima Models for inclusion in my Pines Express. I've never fully attempted a brass etch kit, but you have to have a go some time, especially considering I've been stockpiling them for the last couple of years.
So here is the result of one evenings work. I got all the ventilation vents fitted as well as the chalk boards. The side-walls and ends folded-up and soldered, and they are nearly square! I've attached the battery boxes, one panel of timber bracing and started on the solebar. All this and I only burnt myself once.
So what did I learn? I need a new soldering-iron for starters. Hopefully tomorrow I don't buy anything at the Sandown train show and my train-fund can purchase a temperature-controlled iron on my way home. I also need a decent tip cleaner and some metal clamps (plastic melts) to hold things in place, either that or become an octopus!
It hasn't scared me off, yet, so I will continue. There is some finer detail to add, including numerous vertical ribbing strips that look like being a bit of a challenge.