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To those on RMweb - I haven't updated this in a long time, less than at S4 because it took ages to work out how to paste due to RMweb making things a pain in the ass, so if you want to catch up you'll have to pop over to S4.




I haven't done much modelling for AGEEEES. I haven't been in the mood much and have had other things on the go that take priority, I have been doing a little bit of kitbashing and scratch building some loading dock but other than that not much.


I went Warley the other day on the Sunday and brought a few bits, the focus of this write up is the instillation of a compensating rocker unit into a Bachmann tank wagon that was a bit of a pig, and the improvement of a rather (in my eyes) crude 0 gauge wagon I picked up for a wee £15. Bargain.


So, P4 item first...



The pictures and text should be pretty clear what I did.




And now the 0 gauge item that only cost £15. I'm not an 0 gauge modeller but I've always wanted a go so every now and then I'm dipping into it too. It is possible for me to squeeze two model railways into my loft if I want, not massive ones but one can go above the other if I decide to do 0 gauge as well. I'm interested also in Scale7 but my opinion of the official website is best not expounded upon, suffice to say there is pretty much no useful information on there and I don't know where to look for relevant info, mainly, how to get wheels other than self laith work and what benefits does a member have?

People needn't worry about me 'defecting' or anything. I'm sticking to P4 but may also do 0 or S7 one day, no harm in modelling more than one scale right?


Ok so here it is, the 0 gauge model from Skytrex.




Is it a kit or an RTR example? I don't know, what I do know is it leaves much to be desired.

Those brackets inside the body are horrid but I'm leaving them be as the removable coal load is my answer to that. The wheel flanges are over the top large AND uneven to almost a full millimetre in places. What the hell is going on? This is beyond poor. I mini drilled the flanges but a full blown replacement may be the best option.


The mouldings in most places are ok but a little thick and chunky, I sanded down the wood grain in areas too.


Ok, what I detest is the brake gear, I'm no expert on brake gear and in P4 I have a nightmare trying to find out what to replace things with, but even 00 RTR examples are more accurate than this.


1) What the heck is with the horrid LUMP that is supposed to be 2 separate 'V' hangers?


2) Is that supposed to be a brake lever in it's locking housing? (My term as I don't know the proper name) It's way too thin and is moulded inside it. Not convincing even from a distance. Baaaaad!


What to do about it...



I painted it and weathered it severely but even then the brake gear looks horrible. So...




V hangers we neatened up. This may be somewhat extreme but there you go, to me this is nothing short of idleness in design, not that I'm a design expert because I am not but some 00 gauge models are better in accuracy than this.


Now on to the other abomination, what can we do about it?




Finito! It may be a bit inaccurate and chunky as is just my bodging, BUT! it's more accurate than it was. (In my opinion) I also on this side painted replacement planks into the model. I just like the look to be honest.





Ok, hope you enjoyed this instalment of mine for what has been a long time and and I hope it helps. I'm sure the bodge can be done in any scale.


Good day to you all. :)

Comments welcome, good or bad.


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