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Kits of the Sixties!


Chris Nevard

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nevard_110909_BQ_IMG_1203_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.

 

Upon my return to the hobby a decade of so ago, a very kind gent sold me around 50 kit-built wagons and half a dozen Maunsell and Bulleid passenger carriages for the price of a round of drinks. As required, I've been slowly refurbishing selected items to bring them a little closer to current standards.

 

Behind Radstock (with oversize buffers from Gibsons to avoid buffer lock on sharp wharf curves) we have a rake of kit-built tank wagons from Airfix, the rumour being to fire up the new oil fired brewing coppers due to a major investment by Courage, who by 1964 were a major shareholder within the Marriott, Dent & Foster Brewery.

 

Back the wagons, the jury is still out as to whether I'll bother doing anything with these, the weathering is very clumsy by today's standards (dirty thinners weathering being very passe don't you know?), the ladders are very thick plastic and the tranfers looks like they've been applied to a matt finish due to the haze under them. To be honest, it will be a lot less work to start fresh with some new kits or ready to run, but they serve their purpose for this shot as long as one doesn't look too closely. The little blue Morris (76MES001 Blue Morris 8 E) is a toned down model from Oxford Diecast hopefully draws the eyes away too! Click on the photo above for a bigger view.

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I wonder if there'd be a market for some nice aftermarket etchy and cast bits for these fine wagons?, after all kits for tank wagons are rather scarce.

 

Paul.

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I tend to quite like the chunky look about them. In the end I find a good paint and weathering job is as good as an aftermarket etch. Not to say they don't have a place in modelling society.

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Nice photography as always Chris. Also always love the little story behind your entries. Wish I could make it to Model Rail live to see Brewhouse in the flesh. Hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

Will you be taking a barrel of Marriott, Dent & Foster Best Bitter to consume?

Regards

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For Paul,

 

I believe that Masokits do an etch replacement underframe for the old Airfix Esso tank wagon - I think it also has replacements ladders as well.

 

Dave

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For Paul, I believe that Masokits do an etch replacement underframe for the old Airfix Esso tank wagon - I think it also has replacements ladders as well. Dave

 

Thanks Dave.

They do indeed (just googled Masokits), although at the moment I can't justify spending £15 on the etch. There's also a detailing etch for the Peco tank.

 

Paul.

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