Another new van for the PLR

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Another new van for the PLR

Post by ge_rik » Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:34 pm

Decided I needed another van to handle the fruit traffic on the railway - so this time I bashed a Newqida box car (£18.99 + P&P).

A bit too long, a bit too continental and a bit too yellow for the PLR!!
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So, after some surgery with a razor-saw and a few coats of paint......
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I think it looks OK. Need to give it a good test-run (weather permitting) to check it works OK - but plenty of detailing on the model to save me the trouble.
Will weather it once the paint has fully hardened.

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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by tom_tom_go » Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:51 pm

Amazing Rik, what a transformation!

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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by philipy » Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:54 pm

When you do things like this, it makes me wish I'd started off with 45mm! :scratch:

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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by tom_tom_go » Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:57 pm

philipy wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:54 pm
When you do things like this, it makes me wish I'd started off with 45mm! :scratch:
I agree, there is so much more choice when running 45mm although I do prefer the look of 32mm track.

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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by ge_rik » Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:01 pm

I'm sure it would be relatively easy to fit 32mm wheel sets.

Just blogged the build BTW - http://riksrailway.blogspot.com/2018/08 ... -into.html

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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by tom_tom_go » Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:40 pm

You make it look so easy.

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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by IanC » Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:31 pm

Fantastic work Rik. I know the Newqida coaches have been converted as others, including me have done it, but I've never seen any other rolling stock modified. I'm sure others will have a go now.
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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by bazzer42 » Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:40 pm

Got to agree, that is a beautiful conversion. Almost pm'ed you last week as we were staying at Hawarden for the week. I did see the Peckforton Hills in the distance from Chirk Castle :D

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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by ge_rik » Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:13 pm

bazzer42 wrote:
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Got to agree, that is a beautiful conversion. Almost pm'ed you last week as we were staying at Hawarden for the week. I did see the Peckforton Hills in the distance from Chirk Castle :D
Always happy to see fellow modellers. Next time .....?

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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by ge_rik » Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:14 pm

Thanks folks. It's not too difficult. Probably a day's work, though I did it in three sittings.

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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by invicta280 » Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:57 pm

Huge improvement on the original yellow wagon. Well done.

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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by bazzer42 » Sun Aug 26, 2018 7:10 am

ge_rik wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:13 pm
bazzer42 wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:40 pm
Got to agree, that is a beautiful conversion. Almost pm'ed you last week as we were staying at Hawarden for the week. I did see the Peckforton Hills in the distance from Chirk Castle :D
Always happy to see fellow modellers. Next time .....?

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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 SimonWood » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:26 am

You have such a good eye for spotting British vans hiding within continental outline models. I run 32mm and I’m tempted to have a bash and stick it on 32mm wheels (I have 32mm newqida coaches)- even if I could achieve something that looks a fraction as good as yours I’d be delighted.

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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by philipy » Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:44 am

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?

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Re: Another new van for the PLR

Post by ge_rik » Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:20 am

philipy wrote:
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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?
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.
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