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Latest bash on the PLR

Post by ge_rik » Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:40 pm

After bashing the Newqida vans I remembered I had a couple of cheapo open wagons which I bought over 10 years ago, sitting on the shelf (one of my existing opens in between for comparison). As you can see, they were too large for my railway but, given the Newqida van was as well I decided to attack them.
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The wagons were made by Echo Toys in the 1990s but can still be found on eBay from time to time (one on there at the moment for around £6.00, but it's in the USA). I started with the most challenging one which had been painted green (badly).

Out came the trusty razor saw and and it was hacked about a fair bit - trying to retain as much of the moulded detail as possible
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I think it's turned out OK - well not bad considering the original cost.
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The second one should be easier - I've learnt how to do it by now and I don't have to strip off the old paint.

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Post by tom_tom_go » Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:45 pm

You cease to amaze Rik!

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Re: Latest bash on the PLR

Post by ge_rik » Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:48 pm

tom_tom_go wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:45 pm
You cease to amaze Rik!
I do hope you mean " ..... never cease to amaze ... " Tom. :? ;)

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Re: Latest bash on the PLR

Post by pandsrowe » Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:17 am

I must say I am a little disappointed here Rik, here's me thinking I'm going to see a step by step conversion when all of a sudden after the first saw cut the wagon is finished ;)
Seriously though, another brilliant conversion, do you plan these in detail before you start or do you just make it up as you go along?
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Re: Latest bash on the PLR

Post by ge_rik » Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:45 am

pandsrowe wrote:
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I must say I am a little disappointed here Rik, here's me thinking I'm going to see a step by step conversion when all of a sudden after the first saw cut the wagon is finished ;)
Seriously though, another brilliant conversion, do you plan these in detail before you start or do you just make it up as you go along?
Very much make it up as I go along, Phil, though I do spend about ten minutes beforehand figuring out where I'll make the cuts and generally stick to that. Mind you, on this one I did vary which three planks I removed on each side to see which would make it easier to cut back the diagonals on the doors. Actually managed to do this one without slicing into any of my fingers - a first!

I'll write up the full process as a blog post when I've done the second one - though I could document that conversion here if you prefer.

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Post by ge_rik » Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:09 am

Talking about making it up as I go along ..... After looking at the pictures of the wagon, I decided the proportions looked wrong, so I decided to add another plank over the solebar. I think it looks a bit better.
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Post by ge_rik » Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:38 pm

pandsrowe wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:17 am
I must say I am a little disappointed here Rik, here's me thinking I'm going to see a step by step conversion when all of a sudden after the first saw cut the wagon is finished ;)
How about this? Only half-finished so far (unlisted on Youtube as yet). Will finish off the rest tomorrow mebbe...... :? :shock:


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Re: Latest bash on the PLR

Post by IanC » Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:56 am

Blimey Rik. I knew you were quick, but that's a speedy build. At that rate I reckon you can build a wagon every two minutes.
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Post by ge_rik » Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:52 pm

IanC wrote:
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Blimey Rik. I knew you were quick, but that's a speedy build. At that rate I reckon you can build a wagon every two minutes.
I wish ..... :lol:
One of my favourite films as a kid was "London to Brighton in Four Minutes". Does anyone else remember it?


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Post by philipy » Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:08 pm

Blimey! My head is spinning from that build video! Well done.

Yes, I remember the London to Brighton in 4 minutes.Used to love that. They showed it at school from time to time when we had a film evening! ( back in the days when hardly anyone had a little 9" screen black & white tv).

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Post by ge_rik » Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:32 pm

Now finished the bash of the second wagon. Seems to look OK.
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And here's how I dun it.....


Hope it's of interest.

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Re: Latest bash on the PLR

Post by IanC » Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:08 pm

Yes. I remember the London to Brighton film too. :thumbup:
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Re: Latest bash on the PLR

Post by Lonsdaler » Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:34 am

IanC wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:08 pm
Yes. I remember the London to Brighton film too. :thumbup:
They did several didn't they. I'm sure i remember one of Euston to Birmingham :scratch:
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Re: Latest bash on the PLR

Post by Andrew » Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:53 pm

Love the curved ends - very Southwold-esque!

And yes, I've always been fond of "London to Brighton"... It had an almost mythical status to me, because my dad was very fond of it and had told me all about it long before I ever saw it... There was an 80s version too, with Rail Blue EMUs all over the place, almost as historic as the original now...

Cheers,

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PS Inspired by all this cheapo wagon-bashing I've just made an eBay purchase... It probably won't amount to anything any time soon, but it'll be another project to daydream about, and we all need a few of those...

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Re: Latest bash on the PLR

Post by IanC » Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:01 pm

My cheapo building is wagons from lolly sticks and coffee stirrers. The aim is to build wagons for less than £20 after buying wheels, axleboxes and buffers. Everything else is from bits 'n' pieces I already have. I should peruse the auction sites more.
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