I managed to find some time to week to resume work on the luggage van. After several phone calls to the Sithlord up in Longreach, I made an attempt on the roof. With no previous experience with rolling brass, I was a bit hesitant to start with. To get the main curve of the roof I used a piece of 20mm diameter steel pipe and rolled it on a computer mouse mat. For the edges, I clamped it 1mm in from the edge in the hold-n-fold and then used a 3mm diameter brass rod to turn-up the ends. After a couple of trial fits and fettling I glued the brass roof detail on to the plastic former. Once it had set I drilled out the holes and fitted the ventilators. From there it was a couple coats of under coat and then a spray of grey for the roof.
It turns out that the Sithlord has over taken me. In the space of 1 week he has made-up his luggage van, painted it and fitted the window grills. http://sithlordsrail...01_archive.html
My only saving grace being that Iâ€™ve fitted bogies to mine and run it on my layout.
Whilst waiting for all the paint to dry, I dove into the box of UFO's to see what I could find to finish-off. What I found was a partially built Ultima 42' LMS bogie CCT. I cleaned it up, added the under frame detail, cut the roof to size and fitted the ventilators. I still need to fit the following:
- handrails on the other side
- strips on the roof
- grills on the window
This kit is currently being upgraded by Ultima and it should hopefully be a fold-up kit and do away with the whitemetal ends.