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9 hours ago, Squirrel Rail said:

My 58 envy has subsided- not blue but 033 with the high body stripe- look forward to your next one!BE184BE2-C3E3-4367-B2B0-1D740736CB34.jpeg.9ec739a93bb9160b1b5497cfcc4190d1.jpeg


Looking mighty fine there! :dirol_mini:


It’s nice to see the original-style font is right there too, I noticed Olivias have been pumping out batches with some very questionable fonts in recent years! 
 

‘033 is a good one, on my distant modelling radar as I remember seeing pics of it with the bodyside doors mixed up, so the lettering on the side read “&WES” :lol:

 

Cheers,

James

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6 minutes ago, James Makin said:


Looking mighty fine there! :dirol_mini:


It’s nice to see the original-style font is right there too, I noticed Olivias have been pumping out batches with some very questionable fonts in recent years! 
 

‘033 is a good one, on my distant modelling radar as I remember seeing pics of it with the bodyside doors mixed up, so the lettering on the side read “&WES” :lol:

 

Cheers,

James

Hi James, I had Steve at Railtec do me the numbers as I had to move the gold band up for 033 and you're spot on about the fonts...hmmm I love the idea of &WES but this was a bit earlier in its life before half the paint fell off and it auditioned for countdown!

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Super work there !

The brown one - there seemed to be about 5 of these running around with the transrail advertising one for use on LT stock transfers.

 

I could never quite work out what shade of brown it was but it looked newly painted in the period .

 

nice work on the manky roof, I’ve shied away from mine as I had no idea how to do it - that may help .

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20 hours ago, rob D2 said:

Super work there !

The brown one - there seemed to be about 5 of these running around with the transrail advertising one for use on LT stock transfers.

 

I could never quite work out what shade of brown it was but it looked newly painted in the period .

 

nice work on the manky roof, I’ve shied away from mine as I had no idea how to do it - that may help .


Thanks very much Rob! 
 

I do love that Transrail VDA - and theres quite a few pics of it in Didcot Yard online so its very tempting to have, I just worry what with it being a Bachmann Collectors Club model it’d look like a cliche turning up, but definitely prototypical! :lol:


For the manky roof, I know what you mean, I wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to do it justice but I’m reasonably happy in the end - it started by painting the dark roof cross ‘frame’ bits and then dabbing on greys with a drybrush working from light to dark, plus a few cheeky earthy colours too, then a drybrush at the very end with dark grey on a large brush just to tone down the final effect. The other two wagons were just a couple of grey shades and some talcum powder to get a teeny bit of texture in there too!

 

Cheers,

James

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3 hours ago, Phil Mc said:

They look superb James !!

 

Seems churlish to ask, but did the VXA's have an exhaust on the roof from conversion, or was it fitted afterwards ?

 

Cheers,

Phil.


Thanks Phil!

 

That’s a good shout, in the pics I’ve been using there’s a stubby little exhaust towards one end just off to the side, I was waiting to find better pics on the exact positioning and then forgot all about it! :lol: 

 

If anyone does have any good rooftop pics then always gratefully appreciated!

 

Cheers,

James

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More great weathering James, the roof's are great. I always think they are difficult to get right but quite important as that's how most of the models are viewed. 

Have you weathered any seam age stock at all? I'd love to see your take on some box vans or steel open wagons. 

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Nice little collection of vans James. Even though they're too grotty for my time period I like the techniques you've used to produce those.

 

I'll look forward to seeing how you do the Barbels, I have about six to do soon.

 

Cheers

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6 hours ago, Phil Mc said:

You only have to ask !! :lol:

 

The one you've done ( and one for inspiration!!)

 

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Cheers,

Phil.


Wow, thanks so much for those photos Phil, superb! They are from a higher angle than most I’ve seen online and ideal for getting those final details in! Seems like 210209 has picked up some extra graffiti of late..! I’ve got a glut of Bachmann VDAs in the collection (they seem cheaper/easier to find than the VAA/VBA!) so the reference pics for the other one have got to be put to some good use I feel!!

 

Cheers,

James

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17 hours ago, sb67 said:

More great weathering James, the roof's are great. I always think they are difficult to get right but quite important as that's how most of the models are viewed. 

Have you weathered any seam age stock at all? I'd love to see your take on some box vans or steel open wagons. 


Thanks very much, it would be interesting to do some steam-age stock but I’ve never yet needed - if I did I’d start with the wooden-bodied ex Private-Owner coal wagons put into BR usage with new numbers and some replanking if I did! 
 

The massive fleet of 16t steel mineral wagons look such immersive fun to model, I do like the long thread on them elsewhere in this forum! The closest I can get to that in my modelling era is the battered MKA ‘Limpet’ fleet...and the upcoming Barbels, which I guess are one of the last remaining relics from the steam era running in the late ‘90s!

 

6 hours ago, D6775 said:

Those Vans are fantastic James. I'm just working my way through a rake of Dapol 7mm Turbots. 

 

Thank you! The Turbots sound great fun if you’ve pics anywhere, they were in such horrendous condition before they went - at least those not fortunate enough to get an EWS refurb that is! Also not many late 90s reference pics out there online compared to other wagon types! 

 

11 hours ago, Wayne 37901 said:

Nice little collection of vans James. Even though they're too grotty for my time period I like the techniques you've used to produce those.

 

I'll look forward to seeing how you do the Barbels, I have about six to do soon.

 

Cheers


Thanks Wayne! Many of the Barbels were in shocking rusty condition by the late 90s so are proving fun to do, layer after layer of rusty browns.

 

Live scenes from the workbench...!

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Cheers,

James

 

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5 minutes ago, James Makin said:

it would be interesting to do some steam-age stock but I’ve never yet needed - if I did I’d start with the wooden-bodied ex Private-Owner coal wagons put into BR usage with new numbers and some replanking if I did! 

let me know when you decide you want the challenge and I will send a couple over for knackered 1947 condition... :p
 

 

6 minutes ago, James Makin said:

Also not many late 90s reference pics out there online compared to other wagon types! 

There are at least quite a few shots of them on the Westbury - Minehead workings.  But come to think of it that’s about all

ive seen.  I have modelled it with a set of Cambrian ones which have been awaiting bogies and painting for a very long time...

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On 13/12/2020 at 20:49, James Makin said:

During 'Lockdown 2' there was the ideal opportunity to tuck in to another few projects, the Parkside ZKV 'Barbel' kits have now all been built and painted up, and while waiting for the varnish to harden before weathering can begin, this gave time to snack on a few quickie Bachmann van projects!

 

50715718797_44c173a2ed_k.jpgVAA, VDA, VXA vans by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

 

The odd trio consists of VAA 200142, anonymous red VDA 200850 and jazzy ex S&T VXA 210209 in faded red and yellow livery.

 

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The starting point was the Bachmann model, part of the stock I've had sitting around for some time - I'm a sucker for buying cheap used wagons at any show I visit, and these have been collected over the years for bargain prices.

 

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Each wagon was stripped of lettering and the new colours applied, Humbrol enamels from the collection and matched to the prototype wherever possible, using pictures from Flickr to check accuracy. Decals were cobbled together from ancient Fox Transfers sheets, all hand lettered with individual letters and digits - I wish I had the forethought to do the modern trend of planning ahead and getting custom TOPS panels made via Railtec, these are painfully old school..!

 

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Once each wagon had the livery completed, it was on to the weathering stage...

 

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Accompanied by some now-classic first album Gaga, weathering was built up with paint-on/wipe-off techniques of varying browns, working from light to dark, leaving dirt built up in the recesses. 

 

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Cotton buds soaked in enamel thinners then removed the majority of the grime, leaving a good base for further weathered detail, applied with 00000 brushes, picking out areas including rust spots, oil patches and general markings on the sides.

 

50714905643_3afccabb5a_k.jpgVAA, VDA, VXA vans by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

 

First up is VDA 200850, a fairly plain red van that has the correct chassis suspension setup for the Bachmann model, the wagon is nothing special but the mundane needs to be modelled!

 

The underframe of each wagon was painted using a mottled mix of Humbrols, dark grey No. 32, matt black No.33, grey No.1 and matt leather No.62. The colours were put on and mottled together on the wagon until an overall brown/grey appearance, using prototype pics as guidance.

 

50715722857_329a4467c1_k.jpgVAA, VDA, VXA vans by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

 

One of the interesting ones was VAA 200142, in use on MOD traffic, the wagon had faded yellow ends and a distressed green exterior with oil deposits and scars of explosives warning marks on the sides.

 

Each wheel has had Colin Craig brake discs added, nowadays sold by Stenson Models. These are attached with PVA glue to the wheel, once dry I run a coat of dark grey over and wipe off, which tones down the stainless steel face just a tiny touch ready for use - the rest of the shiny Bachmann wheels are also painted to avoid any original shiny metal showing where it shouldn't!

 

50714906483_aa2bab2211_k.jpgVAA, VDA, VXA vans by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

 

The most fun one was of course VXA 210209, in faded red and yellow livery, with patchwork repaints and partially hidden graffiti!

 

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The VXA is slightly different to the standard VDA van, having electrical plug equipment on the van ends and solebar, along with a notable footstep on the side. The steps were sourced from leftover Bachmann POA wagons that I've been previously converting into MKA 'Limpet' and freeing up a supply of ladders!

 

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Graffiti and markings were applied by hand using a new 00000 brush, following the prototype pics on Flickr at each stage.

 

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The roof weathering was fun, the VDA and VXA having fairly unremarkable weathered grey rooves, but the VAA being particularly battered, big patches of top surface missing and the roof framework visible through what presumably is roofing felt or similar, now long gone! Many shades of grey were mottled on with drybrushes to build up the effect.

 

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It's been good fun to model these, fairly quick to do aside from the individual transfer letting which was a bit of a nightmare!

 

50715727537_297d4ac5f1_k.jpgVAA, VDA, VXA vans by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr

 

I was first hooked on the concept of modelling vans like these from a pic seen in RAIL Magazine just over 20 years ago now - a double-page spread of EWS' 47785 Fiona Castle on a driver training run, I believe over the Settle & Carlisle route with a hotchpotch of vans assembled in all different colours - what a great train it looked! 

 

Back then the only option was customising the Hornby VDA with the A1 Models etched sides, so we are rather spoilt now with a range of different vans just ready to go with minimal modifications needed!

 

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Christmas time is just around the corner now, offering some good glimpses of modelling time inbetween Toblerones and there's plenty of projects vying for time!

 

Cheers,

James

That’s great work.

the roof is excellent 

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18 hours ago, James Makin said:

Thank you! The Turbots sound great fun if you’ve pics anywhere, they were in such horrendous condition before they went - at least those not fortunate enough to get an EWS refurb that is! Also not many late 90s reference pics out there online compared to other wagon types! 

 

Cheers,

James

 

Well, it wasn't a planned project, I was hoping my partner in crime would go for them for our layout as I am building all sorts of kits, but he's veered back towards 4mm at the mo, so when there was a decent offer the other week I took the plunge. Usual reference sources of Paul Bartlett's site, smugmug & flickr using 'YCV'. 'YCV Wagon', 'YCV Turbot' & 'Turbot Wagon' as search criteria. There are s few  Transrail ones on Flickr which have got to be late 90's.

 

Wagons are here in my 7mm thread if you're interested, not quite up to your standard but they should look the part! 

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Couple of reference shots of the VAA glimpsed in one of the earlier pics.

I don't seem to have any pics of VDA's, but was surprised just how many I've got of OBA/OCA (especially with mesh sides !!)

My stash of those type of wagons may need to raided soon......:lol:

 

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Cheers,

Phil.

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