Another new van for the PLR

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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by ge_rik » Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:21 am

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Didn't realise how close we were until Tueday evening, c'est la vie! If you have a spare chassis I have a Newqida red body here going spare. I used the chassis to build an rhb style log carrier in my lgb days.
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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by philipy » Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:50 am

ge_rik wrote:
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Accucraft get away with it on their models - I suppose it's a personal decision as to whether you can live with it. I found a spare set of Accucraft wheels and tried them. It does work, though they will need some plastic or brass tube spacers to keep the wheels centred.
Thanks Rik. I don't think I'd be happy with that look, myself, but each to his own.

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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by tom_tom_go » Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:17 pm

The gap would annoy me as well which is why I am always put off buying Accucraft stuff for 32mm gauge.

I have one W&L wagon though that I managed to move in the axle boxes without ruining the look of the model.

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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by SimonWood » Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:03 pm

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Simon, I know Rik suggested it, but doesn't just putting 32mm wheels in a 45mm chassis look odd with the solebars/axle boxes an extra 6mm too far away from the wheels?
I think Rik's right about it being a personal question of if you can live with it! When I assembled a Swift Sixteen 7 plank wagon I was dismayed by the gap between the axle boxes.
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I thought it would bother me a great deal (it's not even as if the axle extends to the fake axle box). But even though it's far more obvious than the gap on my Newqida coaches, in fact I rarely notice or remember, and it appears frequently in my consists because I now think it's a great looking wagon and a nice little runner.

I won't know until unless I try it, but I suspect that even if wheels on the van will look odd from certain angles very low to the track, I personally won't ever actually notice it while running!

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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by ge_rik » Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:36 am

Done a bit of weathering, and added cosmetic brake gear.
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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by philipy » Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:40 am

If I didn't know, never in a million years would I guess the origins of that van. Well done.

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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by Lonsdaler » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:42 am

Good stuff - the weathering is just right :thumbup:
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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by Peter Butler » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:49 am

Seeing the transformation of this vehicle from its original form is a lesson in imaginative thinking. The modification and finish are both equally well done and it looks just right.
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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by ge_rik » Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:34 pm

Thanks folks, you're very kind. Quite pleased with the way this turned out. These bashes are always a voyage of discovery.

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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by ge_rik » Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:26 am

Van #2 now well under way, thanks to the kind donation of another van body from Bazzer42 of this parish.
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Same technique as previously - end panels removed and ends glued back on to what remains
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As the bottom slide for the doors is part of the chassis, I had to make my own from plasticard .....
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...... and then use a bisected HLW chassis.
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Needs a bit of tidying-up - a few gaps to be filled here and there and of course a paint-job. Oh yes, plus couplings and brake gear. Probably about three hours' work so far - but who's counting?

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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by bazzer42 » Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:11 pm

Blooming Norah! That was quick and I have two hartland chassis here.....but I may hang on to those :D

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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by ge_rik » Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:51 pm

bazzer42 wrote:
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... I have two hartland chassis here.....but I may hang on to those :D
Don't blame you, they're handy to have around.
Didn't want to leave it hanging around - the US box car I bashed recently had been sitting on the shelf for over 5 years. This way, I know it's done. And besides, I need another van to carry all those fruit boxes .... :)

Thanks again. Much appreciated.

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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by IrishPeter » Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:09 am

The outdoor line is planned to be 32mm gauge/1:22.5 scale to represent 750mm/Bosnian/2'6" gauge, and also to allow me to tap into the LGB/LGB Knock-off odds and ends that I see going cheap from time-to-time. I am also a sucker for things like transporter wagons, and the larger continental style vans. I tend to find British stock a bit Bijou! In most cases I am looking at new wheelsets, a respray, and couplers, which is not too much of a pain in the neck to do. I have four Newquidas on the block at the moment and two of them are intended to be green for my 15mm/Ga.1 line, and the other two are going to the G3/Ga.0 side of things.

Well, that's the theory anyway. I could still be distracted by Feldbahn/WDLR type equipment and a more agricultural feel to things.


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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by ge_rik » Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:03 pm

IrishPeter wrote:
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I tend to find British stock a bit Bijou!
I like bijou - I think that's what attracts me to narrow gauge in the UK - though I prefer 3' to 2' gauge stock (some of which is very bijou). I really must get around to modelling something Irish - mostly my stock is inspired by the Southwold and the Welshpool (which I know isn't 3'). Mind you, the Rye & Camber was 3' and their stuff was pretty bijou - especially the locos.

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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by Andrew » Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:22 pm

Lovely vans Rik - I especially like the streaks of rust on the door...

I'm currently van-less (MOTLITT van 11 having been withdrawn for heavy overhaul) so I'm tempted to try to do something similar with a couple of Faller vans I've had knocking around for years. I don't think such a quick fix is possible there though so I'll probably go for a genuine WHR one first. Those were positively rustic, I fear a model of one won't be the pride of the line...

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