Some notes on a Furness RWC NER P4 Hopper Wagon

Discussion in 'Kits, Kit bashes & Scratch builds' started by Mossy, Mar 7, 2021.

  1. Mossy

    Mossy A classic grump Yorkshire man Full Member

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    Well its finished and I think looks looks rather nice all built to the diagram in Peter Tatlows excellent book.
    The added "extras" to the ends are the strapping at to top of the end beams and the righthand handrail, neither of which are specified in the build instructions.
    Cost £55 for the basic kit, Markit wheels £8+ and Haywood buffers £6.75 all up rather expensive.

    Finished End View.jpg Finished Side View.jpg

    So the real question, was it easier building the chassis first, before joining it to the body, which was the purpose of the experiment.
    In many ways yes, access to the chassis components is definitely easier when you can work from above and below but also there are very few components which cross over from the body to the chassis. Would it work if there were significantly more , I'm not sure.
     
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    Rob Pulham Happily making models Staff Member Administrator Feature Contributor

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    Looking good, how do you rate the Markits wheels against Slaters? I have used Markits 4mm wheels but not 7mm (to be honest I didn't realise that they did 7mm wheels).

    I have used a lot of Haywood wheels but would be the first to admit that they are not as good as Slaters but they are a bit cheaper if you need a lot and can get hold of them.
     
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    Mossy A classic grump Yorkshire man Full Member

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    Hi Rob,

    First time I have used Markits wheels, I bought them as an experiment they seem ok but not having a layout to run them on I cant really comment.
    I also have a couple of sets of Haywoods again as an experiment but they havent been used yet.
    Both were bought because of the cost of Slaters wheels, yes as one might say the dogs b.....s, but they always seem expensive to me.

    Mossy
     
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    Rob Pulham Happily making models Staff Member Administrator Feature Contributor

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    I agree, but I suppose that they do have a bit of a monopoly on them. Try buying cast wheels and having them turned that will make your eyes water.

    I had some turned by a guy who was doing them for £25 per axle which was a bit ouch but a nice result but when he put them up to £40 per axle I put my castings in a drawer and forgot about them.
    I have just bought (and collected) a Unimat 3 lathe which I hope might be man enough to turn them if not I have a new neighbour who builds 71/4 inch gauge live steam who has offered to teach me how to use my lathe so I may be able to use his lathe when the time comes.
     
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