A Pair of NER Birdcage Brake Vans - Connoisseur Models Kits.

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  1. Rob Pulham

    Rob Pulham Staff Member Administrator Feature Contributor

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    A couple of my shelf queens are a pair of Connoisseur NER Birdcage Brake vans which only need buffers and a few minor details to finish so I thought posting a thread on progress to date might kick me up the backside enough to get them completed.

    One is to be pretty much a standard build, while the other has been modified to one of the versions that had side cotes (duckets) fitted.

    These are the sides as assembled

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    The two ends with the steps fitted.

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    The last two are of the basic body of the standard build.

    More to follow.
     
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  2. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Hi Rob,

    what are the four holes at the four corners of the door for ?
     
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    Rob Pulham Staff Member Administrator Feature Contributor

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    Hi Toto,
    The holes are for the whitemetal end posts.

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    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    :scratchchin: hmmmmmm will there be some sort of corridor connection then ?
     
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    aye for a Caber tossing Highlander maybe, for anyone else, just use the side door :avatar:

    Another nice build Rob, you got me feeling guilty now, I've still not done anymore on Nellie :whatever:

    Paul
     
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    Rob Pulham Staff Member Administrator Feature Contributor

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    No, the doors are in the sides on these as Paul suggests, the ends just have windows.
     
  7. Rob Pulham

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    This is the other one:

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    Can you spot the not so deliberate mistake on the photo above?

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    Starting to add the many handrails...

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    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    Nice looking kit Rob
    Really like following your builds
    The ends with the bulkhead stays look like they would have been very solid back in the day these were made I wonder why they were built so solid.
     
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    Rob Pulham Staff Member Administrator Feature Contributor

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    Thanks Chris, I think it was probably because everything including labour was so cheap back then that they didn't need to cut many corners. I think that why many of the pre grouping locos had 60 plus years of working lives some making it.

    Nobody seems to have spotted the not so deliberate mistake - when I fitted the side cotes (kindly supplied by Jim McGeown from a scrap etch) the inner sides blotted out quite a bit of the rear windows that I had so patiently cut out. I had quite a bit of fun cutting them out and ended up taking the end back off end then re-fitting it to look like this.

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    A few more photos bring you up to date with progress so far.

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    I made a hasp and staple from scrap etch. - x 4 of course...

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    There are a few differences in how Jim suggests fitting the handrails and the prototype photos that I have in Ian Sadler's NER Brake van book. I followed the photos even though it was more difficult to drill through the cast end posts.

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    The not so deliberate mistake = bulkhead end steps?
     
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    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    Hasp and staple made from scrap etch... truly brilliant Rob.
     
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