Gladiator Models GCR 10 ton Open Wagon with Trestle Bar

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  1. Rob Pulham

    Rob Pulham Staff Member Administrator Feature Contributor

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    Having spent all my Christmas break building things for other people I decided to take a day out to build something for me. I had a look in my kit stash and came up with a Gladiator kit for a GCR 10 ton Open Wagon which Chris bought me from Geoff Stratford just before he sold Gladiator To David and Trisha Hill.

    So far it has been excellent to build with all parts fitting as they should and the only bits of fettling were to remove some off the ends of the sole bars to enable them to fit under the lip of the bottom of the buffer plank.

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    Due to the sides being made up of a couple of layers of reasonable thickness brass the wagon even at this stage has a satisfying weight to it.
     
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    Keith M Staff Member Moderator

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    Laminated sides look great, Rob, even the 'Jidenco' one I did turned out quite well, despite doing the laminated sides with my plumbers torch.......still, at least the brass sides didn't soak away the heat faster than the torch could generate!:giggle:

    Keith.
     
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    Hi Keith,

    I used a combination of my 80 watt Ersa and the microflame. I suspect that a 40 watt iron wouldn't remotely touch it.....
     
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    Minor health issues this week have stopped play for a few days so it was only last night when I made more progress.

    The open wagon is well on it's way now and it just needs the trestle bar and final details.

    I also need to work out just how to spring the buffers because they are turned brass heads that are designed for springing with a piece of piano type wire passing between them and the coupling hook tail.

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    Aside from the buffers it's a lovely kit to build with everything fitting as and where it should.
     
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    Another session last night saw the GC open is almost finished, it just needs retaining chains for the side doors on the other side and the buffers fitting properly - just posed here for the photos.

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    The inside is nicely detailed albeit the bottom doors are for the version without the trestle bar so mine will be tarped when finished so they won't be visible.

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    I will definitely be adding more of these to a shopping list in the future.
     
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    Rob Pulham Staff Member Administrator Feature Contributor

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    The eagle eyed amongst you will also note that I have attacked the rather square profile of the coupling hook with some diamond coated burrs that fit my Dremel

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    It looks more like a proper coupling hook now
     
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    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Nicely done Rob
     
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    Lovely work! I always like the look of brass models when they're built but not painted.

    Matt
     
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    Gary Will the real Gary please stand up... Staff Member Administrator

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    Lovely work Rob. :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:

    Have you brushed in some wood grain to the side planks or is that a result of cleaning ??

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Hi Gary,

    It's just the result of cleaning with a wire brush so far.
     
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    The mojo has been struggling recently but I have managed to get a coat of grey paint on the ex GC open. Warren Haywood kindly put some primer on it when I popped over a couple of weeks ago which made life a little easier. Next will be a coat of varnish before masking for the black underframe fittings.

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    While I was painting I also gave the bogies for the Kirk Twins a squirt of black which is another job less down the line.
     
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