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13 hours ago, Ruston said:

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Now that is one very sexy Mineral Wagon. I've not seen many models fitted with the AVB 8-shoe Clasp Brake. Very nice!

 

Cheers Trailrage

 

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13 hours ago, Ruston said:

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Excellent rendition!!

 

Isn't it always the way...you wait ages for one to come along and then...

 

I have purposely opted for Airfix's kit - 50+ years on, their's is still the best 9ft underframe - brakegear from Red Panda's underframe kit, Lanarkshire Models' Oleo buffers and Modelmaster transfers...I just need some time now to begin construction...

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15 hours ago, Ruston said:

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OOOOOOOO just realised that this one is special. Dia 1/117 Fitted with the 8-shoe Clasp Brake but without the AVB.  I definitely need to get some more Airfix kits and some Red Panda Chassis now I've seen these. 

 

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11 hours ago, TRAILRAGE said:

 

Now that is one very sexy Mineral Wagon. I've not seen many models fitted with the AVB 8-shoe Clasp Brake. Very nice!

 

Cheers Trailrage

 

I have built three so far. Two used bits and pieces from Parkside kit spares, vac cylinders from a broken Airfix tank wagon, plus some scratchbuilt plasticard parts. Some of the bake gear was guesswork. Heavy duty buffers, from LMS.

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The other used whitemetal brake shoes and etched yokes, from Wizard. The other brake parts are all milled brass and turned aluminium vac cylinders. The brake gear is more accurate on this one. Oleo buffers, from LMS.

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3 hours ago, Ruston said:

I have built three so far. Two used bits and pieces from Parkside kit spares, vac cylinders from a broken Airfix tank wagon, plus some scratchbuilt plasticard parts. Some of the bake gear was guesswork. Heavy duty buffers, from LMS.

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The other used whitemetal brake shoes and etched yokes, from Wizard. The other brake parts are all milled brass and turned aluminium vac cylinders. The brake gear is more accurate on this one. Oleo buffers, from LMS.

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I like those too.  I'm particularly interested in the wagon in the second photo - were the cranks, compensators etc. along the longitudinal centre line put together by you?  I have a template of how they look from a Slater's O Gauge wagon, but (other than Rumney Models) haven't found 4mm equivalents.

 

Mark 

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59 minutes ago, Mark C said:

I like those too.  I'm particularly interested in the wagon in the second photo - were the cranks, compensators etc. along the longitudinal centre line put together by you?  I have a template of how they look from a Slater's O Gauge wagon, but (other than Rumney Models) haven't found 4mm equivalents.

 

Mark 

I made everything, except for the brake shoes/hangers and the yokes. I made styrene patterns so that I can mill as many sets as I want and they'll all be identical.

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New I had a couple more. This 16t VB Fitted with Dowty Buffers. Waiting on some Cambrian Tier bars and new Door Bangers

The two pressflows dirty one is old Airfix and clean one is Dapol.

 

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...and back to the meat van again. This time in P4 over a Rumney chassis with Exactoscale wheels. Parkside doors replaced the originals. Cambridge Custom transfers. All in all just as easy a project as building it ‘out of the box’. All credit to Airfix for a lovely little kit.

 

’B’ type tank wagon next...

 

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best,

Marcus

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Yes!!! Just stumbled on this thread. I love Dapol kitmaster kits! My Dad made me the station set way back when and they represent many a happy memory playing trains. 

 

Here are some I have built and modified more recently. 

 

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A de-branded esso tanker with MSE ladder, pre-weathering.

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A 20t brake finished as the LNER predecessor of the BR standard Brake van. Duckets are glazed with humbrol clear-fix. 

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Air piped brake. 

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20t standard with underfloor trusswork and footboards scratchbuilt. By this point I had started to use .33mm handrail wire instead of .5mm

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Meat van with replacement doors. 

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Really enjoy this thread and a great credit to Airfix making this kits over 60 years ago, in terms of quality, value for money never been bettered. Quite a few of this beautiful kits have survived years of service and contine to do so, often rebuilt, repainted, rewheeled, re coupled etc. I'am not far off having over an 100 and plan to haul them all in one train using an Airfix 9F fitted with X04 motor.

 

Here's one made about 30 years

 

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As you can see almost a perfect paint match to a Hornby Dublo, roof almost matches as well, wished I made a note of the paint used at the time. Often confuses us as this one gets put in the wrong box or just lost on the layout.  Now all models have a code painted underneath so can match/compare future models.

 

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On 19/02/2021 at 21:17, TRAILRAGE said:

New I had a couple more. This 16t VB Fitted with Dowty Buffers. Waiting on some Cambrian Tier bars and new Door Bangers

The two pressflows dirty one is old Airfix and clean one is Dapol.

 

It's Presflo, not Pressflow. Yeah, I know, Sorry... :tomato:

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While on subject of Airfix kits anyone still use the airfix coupling supplied with the kits like these ?

 

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Too be honest not the best coupling although 2 advantages, one they came with supplied with the kit and in the 60's at 2/- per kit doubled in price if you fitted peco, whose coupling was 2/- per pair. Other is very close coupling at about 13mm between wagons, compared to most others which is about 20mm, hence very realistic train formations.

 

Disadvantages well known, ok pulling but expect derailments if pushing, elastic band essential for operation rotted quickly, never found a automatic uncoupling ramp, and pins holding coupling easily broke.

 

Dispite what some model magazines at the time said, I did find they couple to plastic type Hornby dublo but you still needed "hand of God to uncouple"

 

 

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