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The timber underframe (scale 12" x 6" basswood) was only glued together this evening.I had cut these parts out several years ago, and they've been languishing in a box of bits ever since! Amazingly, I also managed to find the whitemetal castings for the axle guards and the brake blocks that I had originally intended for it.


The axleguards are a superceded casting originally from GAGO then Waratah Models, the latter company now recently bought out by ModelOKits. The casting for the brakes comes from a big bag of whitemetal bits that I bought off ebay many years ago, which contained all sorts of odds and ends, mainly brake bits, which I've been keeping aside for building my own fleet of wagons.


If I could find my 2.5mm drill bit, I would have fitted the wheelsets and had a rolling chassis by now! I cannot even remember what this wagon chassis was going to be for... a coal hopper of some sort perhaps?


Most of my models are a mixture of scratch-building, kit-bashing and a mish-mash of all sorts of bits that I have found. They are inspired by prototypes, but are "representations" rather than strict scale models.


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