Monday, 30 April 2012

Mousa Models GC diag 1, 2 plank wagon

I have been waiting a few weeks for this to arrive and at last it has. First impressions are that the etchings are lovely. The axleguards and buffer guides are moulded in some sort of transparent material, and would be an extremely useful asset if available separately. (Whether they are or not I can't say.) There are no instructions with the kit but there are some online, which is fair enough.

Looking forward to building this, it's just a matter of getting my RSU out and having a go. I can't think it is going to take too long to construct.

Bits to obtain - buffer heads with springs (Slaters); wheels, either Slaters, Haywood Railway or Gibson to choice.

Nice kit at a reasonable price.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

HMRS Wagon Bodies

HMRS wagon bodies are now available for the Harrison and Camm 7 plank open to the 1887 RCH specification. As are builders plates for individual years.

Wagons of this type were used by many owners served by the Great Central, Sherwood (Mansfield) and Elsecar (Earl Fitzwilliam's Colliery) being but two of the more obvious. I have no doubt at at all that a little research through Mr.Turton's books or inspection of the MS&L/GC PO Registers at NRM York will reveal many more.

Suitable components to finish the wagons are available from: ABS, Ambis, Exactoscale, Hobby Holidays, Slater’s and other makers.  Depending on how fussy you are, these extras could well add up to more than the cost of the resin body. The Hobby Holidays detailing parts are particularly complete - and complex.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Exciting News from Quainton Road Models

David Howes has informed me:

The kit for the MS&LR 6-wheel 29ft Passenger Brake Van D.1Y2 is now shipping at £85.
Next 6-wheeler will be the MS&LR 5-compartment 3rd at £90, with several more 6-wheelers coming over the summer.
Development work has started on a kit for the GCR 45ft Bogie Fish Van, based on a project in laser-cut MDF initiated by Steven Mills. Hopefully for August release.

My comments:
The six wheel coaches will be very useful to GC and LNER (C) modellers, and as for the bogie fish vans...I can only say that if the laser-cut bodies turn out half as good as the signal box from the same source they will be wonderful. Certainly preferable to soldering up multiple layers of etched brass, that's for sure. I can hardly wait. How lucky we are to have such an excellent throughput of GC kits coming along. May this state of affairs continue. To ensure it does, please support our friends in the trade with as much of your hard-earned as you can muster.