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On 27/10/2021 at 6:38 PM, Darius43 said:

…and painted.  It’s a green “Brown Van”.

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Painted UTA green - not sure if this is prototypically correct but it makes a change from brown “Brown Vans”.

it will get browner after a spot of weathering.

Cheers

Darius

Darius, as Galteemore says, your output is remark - not just quantity, but QUALITY! Apologies for not commenting earlier.

Loved the green Brown Van, as Jim says a rarely photographed van - the one photo of one I have in my "background" files belongs to someone else, so I can't reproduce it here. I'll look in other files.

You can one "in the flesh" at the Whitehead Museum in the maroon form.

Still got a good supply of the kits upstairs!

Darius - I may have missed them, but how did you get on with your rake of Spoil Wagons?

 

 

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3 minutes ago, leslie10646 said:

Darius - I may have missed them, but how did you get on with your rake of Spoil Wagons?

Hi Leslie,

I have built two of them so far.  I came across the box with the spoil wagon kits when I found the two MIR fertiliser wagon kits.  I had better get back to finishing them - plus an unfinished Watford DC EMU - plus an unfinished LMS Clerestory Coach - plus another Brown Van in NIR maroon - plus…

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Darius

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On 26/10/2021 at 12:30 PM, Darius43 said:

I have had this Irish Freight Models anhydrous ammonia tanker on the shelf for quite a few years after obtaining it in completed condition from the Bay of e.

Over time the decals started to peel and it looked in a very sorry state.

Today I decided to improve things so the remaining decals were scrubbed off and extra undergibbon parts were added using brass rod and plasticard.

The tank and chassis have now been repainted.

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The original handwheels have been removed and will be replaced with etched examples.

The lines on the tank were drawn on using a 2H pencil and a guide made from three layers of Tamiya masking tape.

A new decal sheet has been obtained from MIR - still available on eBay.

Cheers

Darius

Wow.

Just wow.

What extra underbody detailing did you add, and on what bogies does it sit?

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Hi DJ,

The bogies are the original IFM resin bogies supplied with the model.

I added brass rods and actuator arms to the vacuum brake cylinders that were already moulded as part of the wagon chassis.

Cheers

Darius

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54 minutes ago, Galteemore said:

Is it an Eastern Region brake tender ? V nice work 

It is indeed.  Inspired by an article in the latest Hornby mag.  The article used 3D printed body but I thought it’s flat-sidedness would make it relatively easy to make from plasticard.

Cheers

Darius

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Thought it was - the small hole in the side to access the sandbox filler is the give away - or, like a Midland Jinty, is it really where the key to the clockwork motor goes? 😁😁😁

Nice bit of scratchbuilding too!

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Found in the same old shoebox as the 1973 tube driving coach.  Scratch built body on a metal Triang wagon chassis.

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I think a friend and I bought a few of these chassis for peanuts at Beatties in Bristol Broadmead in 1985.

Cheers

Darius

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1 hour ago, Darius43 said:

Found in the same old shoebox as the 1973 tube driving coach.  Scratch built body on a metal Triang wagon chassis.

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I think a friend and I bought a few of these chassis for peanuts at Beatties in Bristol Broadmead in 1985.

Cheers

Darius

Possibly an ERG (Bournemouth) wagon. Clear Plastic (acetate?) body on die-cast chassis  https://www.binnsroad.co.uk/railways/erg/index.html

ERG was a component an kit supplier/manufacturer,  introducing plastic Rex kits in the 50s/60s,  the owner appears to have retired/gone out of business in the early 1970s, may have sold the stock to Beatties and other retailers.

The model shop in Monk Place Phibsboro stocked the kits, I remember looking at an open wagon with a clear plastic body and a metal chassis but it was beyond my budget at the time.

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Actually I know that the body is scratch built as I scratch built it myself from plasticard sheet with paper and cardboard bracing and stiffeners when at University in Bristol.

Interesting to know about ERG.

Cheers

Darius

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Buffers fitted and decals applied to the brake tender.

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The Fox Decals carrier film is applied around each “word” in each decal set rather than as a block, which makes them prone to distorting and “folding under” on application. 

Fortunately the film is quite strong so the errant decals can be recovered and re-applied with care.  I have since sprayed the decal sheet with a coat of acrylic varnish to avoid a repeat of these issues on future brake tenders.

Weathering will be next after I have built another brake tender.

Cheers

Darius

 

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24 minutes ago, jhb171achill said:

Love those London Underground models! Hand-built?

In the case of the 1973 Piccadilly Line driving car, yes, back in 1987 - in a one room bedsit from plasticard and balsa wood.  I remember I had a couple of needle files and a Stanley knife as a toolset.  No decals - the LU roundels were hand painted.

The red 1938 tube train is more recent - RTR from EFE Rail.

Cheers

Darius

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