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SW16 I have only tried his Mamod coaches but they were an absolute joy to prime, paint, prep then slot the chassis to the body and attach wheels and axles. 5 were done in 7 days. I had buklt an AnDel brakevan before; resin kits I seem to find better luck with is the moral of the story.
My only gripe is that some of his kits are MDF; I've built a Gladstone carriage and unfortunately the paint finish is (in my eye) awful because of the MDF. I also have a WHR 23 which came out better BUT drilling holes was "interesting".
Interestingly; I got a NWNGR large open wagon the other day and that's plywood. Anyone know why some kits are MDF and some are ply?
While your stated needs are for "freelance" I would urge you to check the dimensions of what you are buying will look "right" with the intended loco that will pull them. I built some of IP's VoR coaches and they were woefully out of proportion to a Roundhouse VoR loco, sold them and bought Brandbright instead. I have noticed with the Darjeeling stock I have bought that someone has been playing a bit fast and loose with their replication when compared to the well documented prototypes. But then you want freelance stock not prototypically correct ones
Construction and painting is straight forward - medium thickness superglue or a more conventional wood glue, like Titebond 2. Painting - sanding sealer (essential with MDF) then a coat or two of Halfords filler primer, depending on how much "wood grain" you want to show. Rub back between coats. Finally a coat of the right primer to match your colour coat and then 2-3 of those, again Halfords is ideal. Then apply any satin/matt coat finish if you don't want gloss. Remember to mask to create some unpainted strips/areas for glue when you are applying overlays so you get a good bond. Any staining should be done before gluing and painting. IP do a nice range of decals, for specific railways, but there are some specialist who will make sets that can represent your "line".
As they say, "You pays your money, you makes your choice" and "You only get what you pay for". Fully agree that IP's owner, Ivan, is generally good on the customer service side.
I like the simplicity and basic design as it allows detailing and customisation to ones choice. I agree about appearance with motive power though. I am considering more coaches, but many have been ruled out of consideration purely because they would not look good in my opinion behind my locomotives.
I did shorten the wheelbase to just under 6 inches, which helps negotiate tighter curves, and I articulated one of the sole bars to help it negotiate uneven track (not my track, obviously!! )
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