Two weeks on and the luggage van has hit the rails. I finally finished a majority of the detailing bits. It had its first run around the layout on an old set of Minitrix Mk1 bogies, with no problems. Even the steps on the solebar cleared the platforms at Stur. All that is left are the cables on the ends, the inside window grills and the next major obstacle; the roof! So a question to all your blog readers out there, how do I shape the roof to the right profile, without having to buy specialist equipment? And a second question while I'm at it, about cleaning-up the brass. I've given it several scrubs in hot soapy water with a toothbrush, a good going over with a fibreglass brush and also with a wire wheel on the dremel. But I still I can't get it cleaned-up. Any suggestions?
Whilst this has been my first attempt at soldering a brass kit, I learnt some valuable lessons:
Â· Even though I read the instructions, always go back to them.
Â· Learn your railway terminology; find out what is a rubbing plate, solebar etc....
Â· As per any making or building project, measure/fit twice â€“ cut once
Â· Unlike plastic kits, brass is forgiving and can allow you to fix some mistakes (like the underframe truss soldered upside-down on the solebar )
Â· A good soldering iron is very helpful.