Back to Wagons, this time 7 mm scale to go with my Dapol '0' Sentinel.
You can't have a '0' loco without something for it to pull. In some ways it seems daft as I don't have a
7 mm layout and never intend to have one, however I am making a variable 16 - 20 foot long loop for
the club. The track will be stored at the club rooms and an addition that I thought we should have.
As a wagon builder I thought making a couple of kits was the economical way of having wagons, Ready
to run are somewhat expensive, and second-hand is not for me as many have blemishes that I don't
want. They are expensive when compared to '00', yet when I look at the contents, instructions, even
packaging I believe they are exceptionally good value for money. You do get a lot in the box !!
This my Parkside PS113 LNER/BR Toad 'E' brake van, it cost me £38.18 a slight discount from 'retail'
When you see it laid out like that you don't fully appreciate how big it is. Also it was at this point I
noticed that the axle sets were missing. Now on the way to me some manufacturers packing error.
As you can see for a '00' modeller this is massive, compare to the Cambrian Loriot alongside. I had to
carefully scrape the joining surfaces and remove a couple of moulding pipe to tighten up the corners.
In addition these are so big I decided I had to paint the empty inside, a task before putting together.
The use of many '3rd Hands' to hold together while the glue sets. It is so important to take your time
and make certain you have a good fitting and square assembly !!
Even in the low light of the kitchen this morning you can see the dividing line inside between the brown
lower wall and cream upper. Searching for interior colours gave several options, most with cream, occasionally
white upper half. With either brown, or exterior bauxite for the lower half.
Were I going into '0' in a big way I'd want an interior, in this scale you really can look inside. To achieve that
would tale a great deal of research and time, a white metal interior would be ideal, but probably cost as
much as the original kit.
Lots to do a real monster when alongside a Cambrian 'Shark' brake van.