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Hello everyone,

I thought I would share with you all how far my BCDR brake van has progressed and as can be seen from the photo I would say that I am half way through, there is still a lot more work to do, but thankfully Easter is here so that means two weeks off school. The body and chassis are still separate and probably won't be joined together until just before painting. image.jpg

Thanks for looking!

Nelson

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Nelson, it looks amazing and I envy your high quality modelling. You are lucky that you have your youthful eyesight, its a blessing! I've bought brass w-irons and axle boxes from MJT to scratch build a wagon, hopefully over the Easter break. Well done.

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That is an absolute beauty, Nelson.

 

When I was the DCDR's Finance Officer for some years, I put together a rough plan on how to create a replica one of these on the chassis of a NCC "Brown Van". There are about half a dozen brown van chassis there, or at least there were at the time.

 

The purpose was, just for my own interest, to cost it to see whether it was feasible or not for the railway.

 

the proposal never got to committee stage, let alone being put into action, as I just had too much else to do and I never finished the drawings. The van would have had to have been somewhat shorter than the original, but not much.

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Hello everyone,

 

Firstly thank you everyone for your kind words above, much appreciated. And Popeye I haven't a clue yet haha, I still have yet to think about that.

 

I could waffle a bit about why it's taken me so long to do some actual modelling but that would be boring and quite repetitive I would assume, so instead looking to the positives I have just this evening completed this LNER Quint D Bogie Bolster wagon from Cambrian. And what a different experience it was! I have never until this kit ever made anything similar and I have to say the whole built was quite satisfying. I could have utilised some brass stanctions, brake gear etc... But decided not to and just go with the kits examples. I think it turned out quite well. I even managed to weigh down the thing quite well so it runs quite happily the way I want it to. Now I've just got to paint it and add 3 link couplings.

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Thanks,

Nelson

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That looks like a nice wagon, good job.

Regarding the brake van, what colour would the original have been?

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That looks like a nice wagon, good job.

Regarding the brake van, what colour would the original have been?

 

BCDR maroon was quite dark - the two restored BCDR coaches at Downpatrick are correctly done, lining, lettering and all.

 

In pre-war times the lining was gold and a full crest was carried on the side. At some stage, possibly as early as the mid 30s, but certainly mid 40s, lining tended to be a straw colour with a gold-ish tint, and crests were often not applied.

 

Coach ends were maroon, and roofs a mid grey.

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Hi Nelson, just came across this thread and I reckon that the L&YR 2-4-2 tank would make a great stand in for a couple of BCDR 2-4-2T in Green, might buy one when I have some spare cash.

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Hello Patrick,

Thank you for your interest, I unfortunetly have nothing more to show, it has not progressed any further which is a real pity, even for myself to say, so I do apologise.

Nelson

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No need to apologise Nelson! Looking forward to further updates when you get back to it - like all your projects it promises to be a cracker!! Good luck 👍🏻

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Hello all, 

I believe this is the first model that I have completed in 2018, started it at the Bangor show and I'm happy to finish it. Still need to add couplings and transfers (I completely forgot about them) 

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thanks, 

Nelson. 

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Very nice. the shade of brown looks just right. =D

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Great job. You've certainly captured the atmospheric essence of that wagon really well. 

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Nelson

A work of art, like all your models! 

It was an education watching you at work on this kit at Bangor!

Leslie

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Hello all, thought I would share this. Started it two years ago, but had issues with the running qualities, so recently I took it back out and stripped it down and improved the running. Now I'm happy that its complete and finished. 

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Thanks, 

Nelson 

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A beautiful piece of craftsmanship, you must be so proud of yourself. Is it a scratch built model and if so what materials were used, if you don't mind me asking.

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Thought it looked a PD kit. Got a fair few 7mm ones and they always go together well. That NE van looks especially crisp and neat though.

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