Thursday, 31 March 2011

Parkside PC27 Slope sided mineral wagon

Yesterday evening I spent a few moments wondering how to construct this kit. It looked a little more complex than the previous Dia. 1/108, 1/109 wagons. The sides are in two sections and have to be put together with an angle that matches a couple of supports that will be applied to the sides later in the construction. Also the floor does not fit flush to the outside edges of the ends with the sides recessed in from the ends. I was a little confused as to how to fix the floor to the ends, keeping it all square, then fix the sides on at the correct angle all in one go. After much thought, then running out of fingers and hands in many dry runs, the photo below shows my solution.....

After cutting off the buffers, in readiness for the sprung buffers, I realised that I could support the ends with two angle plates. Then after a little work with a file and some gentle encouragement I managed to position the floor in the centre of the ends.

Gluing the bottom side sections was easy, but the top sections needed a lot of work with a file to encourage them to fix snugly but...... hopefully...... I've captured the correct alignment and angle for the sides.

There is some filling to be done to mask the joint on the sides between the top and bottom sections. I think this should be attempted before installing the stanchions each side of the door.

My initial thought for this wagon is to try and replicate the one shown on page 6 of David Larkin's Pre-Nationalisation Freight Wagons on British Railways. As much as I like the condition of this wagon, I especially like the fact that it has spoked wheels.


Flymo said...

That's a rather professional solution that you've come up with.

Doesn't it give a really pleasant sense of achievement in doing something properly, rather than bodging it and hoping that it works out?

The wagons all seem to be coming on nicely. I must think about my competition entry soon...

Bob said...

Patience is the answer although it has taken me many years to realise this. Solutions always appear in time, but sometimes you have to endure some agonising gaps.

Your limited modelling time - compared with mine - will bear fruit in the standard you achieve.

(I cannot believe that we spent two days in Seville....and missed seeing the tram ! Still we were travelling by train, Jerez, Cadiz, Cordoba etc..)

Yan said...

Professional is pushing it a little bit!! A thoughtful bodge is probably near the mark. :-)

I think patience is a virtue that matures with age, it would seem so with me anyway. Just wish I'd come back to the hobby 10 years earlier.