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Quick refurb of a couple of 1970s era Hornby SR sheep wagons.

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Original chunky couplings removed and replaced with NEM types. Plastic wheels replaced with metal ones.  Plastic roof painted white.  Light weathering to chassis and body.

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Darius

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On 27/3/2022 at 4:51 PM, Darius43 said:

Driving trailer completed.

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Darius

Looks well - which version of the kit did you buy, as I always found his pricing to be both high and bit strange that the glazing is separate when its needed as part of the kit

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2 hours ago, Blaine said:

Looks well - which version of the kit did you buy, as I always found his pricing to be both high and bit strange that the glazing is separate when its needed as part of the kit

It’s the “ready to assemble” kit with the wheels package.  The glazing is included.  It was purchased from his stall at Ally Pally a couple of weekends ago.

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Darius

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14 hours ago, Darius43 said:

It’s the “ready to assemble” kit with the wheels package.  The glazing is included.  It was purchased from his stall at Ally Pally a couple of weekends ago.

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Darius

Nice one, the 319 is tempting me badly

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The only downside with Parkside kits is that the van bodies are lightly smaller than the floor/chassis.  They are very consistent with this fault so it pays to sand the floor a bit smaller all round.  Not sure why they have been designed this way - perhaps it’s a shrinkage phenomenon.  Suffice it to say that the kit designer would be singing soprano if we were ever to meet…

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Darius

PS you also have to distort the chassis to get the wagons to sit square on the track - or use compensation.

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I really like the dirt wiped from the datum plate effect. How are you achieving that? I've read that enamels are more forgiving for this sort of job than acrylics as you have time to wipe the area with a bit of turps whereas acrylics dry almost instantly.

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On 23/4/2022 at 10:00 AM, murphaph said:

I really like the dirt wiped from the datum plate effect. How are you achieving that? I've read that enamels are more forgiving for this sort of job than acrylics as you have time to wipe the area with a bit of turps whereas acrylics dry almost instantly.

The initial rail blue enamel finish is sealed with “Klear” varnish before the decals are applied and the decals then sealed in with Klear.  After the enamel weathering is sprayed on the datum area is “cleaned” with an 00 brush dipped in white spirit.

Had a go at applying chalk markings using pen and white ink  - with a bit of practice first.  I concede the “handwriting” is the “same” but that’s 30+ years of engineering drawing to fight against.

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Darius

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21 minutes ago, Darius43 said:

Lima LMS GUV repainted into BR blue.  Plus new wheels, couplings, cleaned up undergibbons, glazing and glazing bars.

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Darius

Superb! I love the BR blue era and the bewildering multiplicity of all sorts of parcel-carrying vehicles of all sorts - and all painted the exact same blue. A collection of these plus an 08 to shunt would make for a very interesting mini-layout based on some sort of parcels shunting depot in the 1970s.

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