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  1. Hi everyone! Welcome to my new Workbench thread which will be focusing on DW&WR/D&SER wagons. I was recently delighted to receive from @KMCE of this parish some of his rather excellent 3D-printed wagons, namely three cattle wagons, two convertibles, two opens and one Ashbury box van. The plan is that these will be 21mm gauge/P4 standards, with sprung buffers. I still haven't decided on couplings..... Ken has done a really superb job on these wagons, and if you haven't got any yet then I'd really recommend them. So, as a preliminary, they were all washed using fairy liquid and gently scrubbed with an old toothbrush, and then thoroughly rinsed off. The water was kept to a tepid temperature to avoid the risk of distortion. Here they are drying off: Nice, eh? Following this, most of them were treated to a couple of thin coats of my favoured primer/basecoat, which is Tamiya's AS-29 IJN Grey-Green in a rattle can. I think it makes an excellent base wood colour. Unfortunately, as you can see I should have bought two cans..... The eagle-eyed among you will notice I've already put the bars into the rearmost cattle wagon. Which brings me to: The bars in the cattle wagon are from 0.020" phosphor-bronze wire, and the printed-in holes needed just a little help with opening out: Following which, the PB wire bars could be inserted: The cut inner ends located nicely in the printed-in holes so they didn't need any work. Once all the wire bars were in place, a tiny dob of extra thin CA glue was used to secure them: And once the glue had cured, the excess wire was trimmed back with a set of side cutters, and then carefully filed flush with the wagon framing. Here is the set again, with the cattle wagons and the Ashbury Van (top right) having received their PB wire "bars". In the case of the latter, 0.015" wire was used. That's all for now. As soon as I can get buffer housings fitted, it'll be time for painting and lettering. The choice of shade of grey is, as always, perplexing in the extreme! Cheers, Mark
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