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Scratchbuilt PTA type wagons

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Hello,

 

below is a short thread on my scratch built PTA wagons. inspiration came from Ian Burkins modern wagon books.

 

These wagons are not 100% like the prototype, but are built as a close representation, so rivet counters look away.

 

there is a set of 5 wagons, two outers and three inners fitted with buck eye couplings. I also built a one off wagon using left over parts I have laying around. This, on my railway, is a prototype hopper.

 

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Built in black plasticard for a change. Plastruct strip and evergreen strip was also utilised. the wagons run on Cambrian bogies. Markits Oleo buffers are fitted to the outer wagons.

 

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The five completed wagons, ready for priming and painting.

 

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this hopper was made up from the scraps I had left over. just as a prototype hopper, a 'what-might-have-been'.

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the wagons primed in grey ready for a top coat of Tamia XF-4 Yellow-green, which is a very close match to ARC Yellow, and very cheap compared to Phoenix paints ARC yellow.

 

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the bogies were masked up and the wagons airbrushed.

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the one off hopper in ARC yellow. the buffers are Heljan 47 rectangle buffer heads.

 

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The 5 wagon set having the small details painted.

 

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The 'protoype' hopper. Decaled up with Railtec transfers and home made ARC logos.

 

 

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each end of the wagon has an access ladder.

 

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the 5 wagon rake of PTA wagons all decaled up, the bogies still need painting and the interiors weathered.

 

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The wagons may not be everyone's cup of tea, but they work well for me. I had to add boards on the side of the wagons as the home made ARC logos just would not sit correctly on the ribbed sides.

 

with the cost of all the materials they cost about a third of an accurascale rake. they run on Dapol wheels. the buck eyes are ones I had knocking around in the spares box. the run really well and look the part. 

 

most importantly of all were fun to build.

 

thanks for looking and I will read and comments you may have.

 

thanks

 

Dan 

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I think they look great, especially once painted and with the decals applied.  With a bit of weathering and with loads added IMHO they would pass muster with the best RTR.   

 

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Darius

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Wagons look great, a bit modern for me, but I agree with Darius43.  A touch of weathering and some loads will add to the overall appearance of them.

 

Nice to see some other scratch builds happening out there.

 

Scott

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13 hours ago, Dan Griffin said:

Hello,

 

below is a short thread on my scratch built PTA wagons. inspiration came from Ian Burkins modern wagon books.

 

These wagons are not 100% like the prototype, but are built as a close representation, so rivet counters look away.

 

there is a set of 5 wagons, two outers and three inners fitted with buck eye couplings. I also built a one off wagon using left over parts I have laying around. This, on my railway, is a prototype hopper.

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_11/image0.jpeg.390850e79d01c523364fbeccf871b3e4.jpeg

 

Built in black plasticard for a change. Plastruct strip and evergreen strip was also utilised. the wagons run on Cambrian bogies. Markits Oleo buffers are fitted to the outer wagons.

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_11/image1.jpeg.a8d3ec6dd614fe14aebb4185e9ee9f0a.jpeg

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_11/image2.jpeg.3da7dd30163787c689fc85f053ab0cce.jpeg

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_11/image3.jpeg.04ad9a6e62ed979d5bc1ba02a095623c.jpeg

 

The five completed wagons, ready for priming and painting.

 

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_11/image4.jpeg.8c8c6765e45ceaeb1783999757050127.jpeg

this hopper was made up from the scraps I had left over. just as a prototype hopper, a 'what-might-have-been'.

These look good, where did you get the dimensions from?

 

Regards Richard

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Wow.... black livery with white trim would look pretty cool on real life wagons I think :-)

The finished wagons are very impressive. Inspiring stuff !

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