First, I will build one of each of the Dinorwic and Ffestiniog wagons, largely as supplied, and then I will try some different things out to see what works and what doesn't; I already have some idea of what I want to try. The only difference with these first ones is that the Dinorwic rubbish and slab wagons only come with double-flange wheels, and I am looking to swap them to single flange. This obviously won't be scale, but it looks fairly straightforward to change them over, will simplify running in the future (when I finally get a track set up!) and will match the slate wagon which is available with single flange wheels.
I also want to have a play with some of the rust 'paint' that is available.
The top photo shows the difference between the double-flange wheels and the single-flange wheels. The double-flange ones have metal bushes and they are a slip fit over the axle, which is permanently glued into the axle boxes. The single-flange wheels are a press fit on the axles and the axle is designed to rotate.
The first suggestion from Slater's was to drill out the axle boxes so that the single-flanged wheels could be used with their own axles. However, when I received the wheels it appears that the hubs are identical, so I wondered if I could use the single-flange wheels on the double-flange axles.
This turned out to actually be a very simple job. The single-flange wheels can be removed from their axles by twisting and pulling. Whilst they are a press fit, they aren't on ridiculously tight so that was fairly easy. The axles that come with the singe-flange wheels then becomes the perfect tool for both pressing out the bushes from the double-flange wheels and re-installing them on the single flange.
I now have single-flange wheels that will fit on the double-flange axle, ready to build the kit as designed. The only additional thing I will now have to do is to add some spacing washers to set the wheel gauge, as the single-flange wheels can't be allowed to float like the double-flange ones do.
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One set of wheels have had the rust treatment.
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