Sean Posted August 8, 2020 Share Posted August 8, 2020 as mentioned on the other thread, ive been trying to increase the amount of cie stock ive got without spending too much money so ive been looking for ways to convert existing stock to cie without too much effort/expense. Ive picked out a range of stuff from my collection that I can see will easily convert into cie stock so im starting this thread to keep track of what I do, The majority of the stock I am working with is available cheaply in some form or other on the hornby railroad range in some guise or is available in abundance second hand. Surprisingly I think I have enough stock here to fill out the layout with the exception of a larger diesel engine which is one thing i reckon I will just buy when funds allow. Interestingly the cheap hornby wagons seem to all come built on one of two common chassis, this actually helps quite a lot as can be seen later in the thread. the teign valley wagon is a bit more detailed and seems to have its own individual chassis but aesthetically its the quite close to cie wagon photos so its in for this job. so these are the first few wagons that seem the simplest to turn into Irish stock. the van and 5 plank wagon I am just going to respray into grey, later on I will add cie decals but its not a job for today, the grey brake van can pretty much stay the same until decal day as its not a million miles from an irish van it may get some body mods in the future but its okay as is for now. I couldnt decide on a colour for the brown brake van so its staying brown for now. It is however being moved from the long Hornby wagon chassis to the short one. im not sure how accurate this will be from an Irish standpoint , but it will make shunting a bit more interesting on my layout and im not a huge fan of brake vans with the open platform on either end anyway. getting this stuff apart is all very straight forward with plastic clips located on the underside to get the bodys off on a few seconds. the entire wagon including chassis is being painted grey with details to be added back on afterwards on order to reflect on the colour of the cie wagon, the vans seemed to mostly keep black chassis so this will be left alone for now. once the van is off its chassis we can see its the very same as the other short chassis which I will be moving the brake van onto. I have a few more coal wagons built on this shorter chassis which would also be suited to conversion although in my opinion they do not look as good. for paint I have chosen the very versatile Dealz primer grey rattlecans, I think the colour should be okay, if not at least they can be primed to take the correct colour. as we wait for this to dry its time to tackle the brake van, in theory it should just clip onto one chassis from the other as they are sold new like that,but we will see. unfortunately not, but a little dab of model glue onto each corner sorted that out easily. as the glue dried and the rest of the stuff went back together i put some small details back onto the wagon so it doesnt just look like a primed wagon. now the imaginary hornby cie tank engine finally has some appropriate rolling stock to pull behind it, will surely look good when detailed with decals etc. New shortened brake is looking right at home behind the tanker train. I have one more item of freight stock to start building before i start to focus on passenger stock. the four wheel coaches I am intending on turning into some sort of heritage train in cie green. the cleaning car has long since had its cleaning mechanism removed and the blanked out windows will make it convert into a nice little brake coach, these all run on the long hornby chassis and are available for next to nothing all over ebay. 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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