NER V2 and V3 Brake Vans Ordered from a now retired supplier, I wanted the V2 but had to order both the V2 and V3 as he only sells full etches and these two were paired together. What you get for £100 is the etches plus white metal castings for the buffer housings, end stanchions and axle box/springs, oh and a set of buffer rams, springs et al. The buffers were replaced by very nice ones from Haywood’s, the end stanchions clean up reasonably, while the axle box/spring castings are poor, but I couldn’t find an alternate source, so I have to make the best of them. Historical The V2 is a very obscure van, of which there is only one clear photo, although written documentation of the vans is much more extensive. Most of the kit is conjecture and based on a drawing by Richard Lacey in an old NER Record. The V3 is a 20-ton 6-wheel brake designed for goods use but appears to have been mainly used with heavy coal and iron ore trains. Again, this kit is based on a drawing by Richard Lacey. Ian Sadler’s book on the NER brake vans has numerous photos and drawings of all the NER vans and is proving invaluable. The V2 so far The V2, some readers may have seen as I posted a couple of pics on the new members page was pretty much done, just the footboards and dressing up to do. Since then I have stripped out everything below the solebar and cleaned them up ready for refitting. Why? The W irons need to be positioned by eye and small tabs and I got it wrong, (there are no helpful tabs and slots on either of these kits) which meant the footboards wouldn’t fit because of the axle boxes. It is sitting about 4 feet from me waiting a through clean and reassembly. The V3 Over the weekend I should have continue with the NER horsebox I am building, but decided to start on this instead, bring it up to the same point as the V2 and to finish them off side by side. So, like most vans it’s a basic box, with a fold down chassis. The van ends fit inside the van sides, as do the cab sides, not dissimilar to many other van kits, all straight forward. The roof and clerestory roof need to be bent so a quick application with the wife’s rolling pin sorted them out, please don’t tell her she was out at the time. Fitting the topcote to the main roof looked difficult, but proved to be reasonably straight forward, provided you don’t mind slightly singed fingers. The tiny handrails at each corner were formed around the shank of a 1.5mm drill bit and fitted very neatly. Varnished tissue paper is used to give some texture to what is supposed to be a canvas over wood roof. Sorted out a minor job. The van ends have fold down strips top and bottom of the openings which are meant to give the impression of the thickness of the van ends, but on the V2 there is no in-fill, while the V3 has an infill for below the opening, but not elsewhere. A few pieces of trimmed plasticard have been glue in place to fill in the rest. The V3 has sandboxes on each veranda, these have been assembled and fitted. Next job V3 W irons.