Chris Klein's Workbench

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  1. Chris Klein

    Chris Klein Full Member

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    I thought I would start my life on Platform1 with a simple RTR conversion of the Minerva GWR OPEN A 5-plank wagon into a match truck. The wagon is to diagram L22, which were converted from 5-plank open wagons.

    It's a simple and quick job:
    1. Run some clean white spirit around the planked floor and leave for 40 to 60 seconds for the glue to soften, then carefully prize it out and place to one side.
    2. Invert the wagon, unscrew the body and lift it off. Remove one of the ballast weights.
    3. Using white spirit again, remove the wagon ends.
    4. With a sharp knife reduce the height of the sides and ends to one plank.
    5. Reassemble the sides and ends and reattach to the underframe.
    6. Replace the planked floor.
    7. Remove the redundant strapping on the sides and fill the door lines.
    8. Trim the tops of the strapping on the ends to a downwards slope.
    9. Rub-down the tops of the planks.
    10. Add new strapping on the sides from plasticard taking it under the sides and onto the solebars and scribe new lines where the old strapping has been removed.
    11. Paint, apply decals and weather to taste. The waterslide decals are leftovers from a Slater's Coopercraft kit.

    Chris K
    OPEN A Deco Sample007.jpg Match Truck GWR L22 converted from Minerva OPEN A_unpainted.jpg Match Truck GWR L22 converted from Minerva OPEN A_painted.jpg Match Truck GWR L22 converted from Minerva OPEN A_weathered.jpg Match Truck GWR L22 converted from Minerva OPEN A_with OA.jpg
     
  2. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    very nice and well explained Chris. Quite a straight forward alteration to re purpose a planked wagon which may be surplus to requirements and gain some basic modeling skills.

    toto
     
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  3. York Paul

    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    Nicely put in succinct order and a simple well defined "How To" Chris which I'm certain some of the other members newish to wagon making will appreciate and follow. Thanks for posting up and also sharing skills.:thumbup::tophat:
     
  4. SMR CHRIS

    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    :tophat: A great little project :tophat:
    Thanks Chris, For the nicely detailed instructions and the advice on the white spirits to relive the bonding of the parts.

    ps great photos as well :thumbup::thumbs::thumbup::thumbs:
     
  5. Kimbo

    Kimbo Staff Member Moderator

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    Very neat Chris :thumbup:
    Kim
     

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