Wood. Fantastic stuff!

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  1. hartleymartin

    hartleymartin Full Member

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    A few years ago I scratch-built this Brake Van. It is principally made from Kappler Scale Lumber, which as far as I can tell is Sugar-Pine. I modelled it slightly different on each of the two sides. My cunning plan was to put different numbers/letters on each side and pretend it was two brake vans. Body and chassis come apart - held together with two brass 8BA screws.

    It is about 3-4 years old and it hasn't warped or fallen apart. I glued it all together using Zap-a-Gap Medium CA. No zip-kicker or anything. Just regular glue. Slater's split-spoke wheels, detailing parts are left-overs from various projects. Currently sitting in Tamiya grey primer, one of these days I'll get around to finishing the brake detail, painting and glazing.

    Wood is great stuff, I don't know why we don't use it more as a modelling material.

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    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    and it gives a more natural looking finish. very nice. :thumbs:
     
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    I saw a chap at Peterborough making LNER teaks out of wood. Very realistic too.
     
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    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    Lovely model of an unusual prototype.

    I have noticed with the rise of laser cutters that more plywood is starting to be used in models.

    Paul
     
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    Unusual prototype indeed! It is free-lance, though basically a shortened version of the type of Brake Vans used on private coal railways in NSW.
     
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    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Seen him a couple of times, very realistic. He uses very thin, fine grained ply.

    Pete.
     
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    hartleymartin Full Member

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    I've got the construction drawings for an NSWGR KA "Tramcar" (Railway Carriage) and I am seriously thinking about building it principally out of a combination of milled basswood scribed sheet and basswood or sugar-pine scale lumber.
     
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    Gary Will the real Gary please stand up... Staff Member Administrator

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    It also rolls as good as it looked, as Martin brought it down to the Epping Exhibition recently ! A very nice build indeed and it was also asked about by quite a few established modellers as well !


    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    It certainly got a few questions at the show and a few double takes from Modellers
    It’s resembles the NSWGR CHG just a bit shorter.
    Martin We did notice that it’s got wooden brake blocks on one side and regular brake shoes on the other.?? Is there a story behind this or just left over parts in use.
     
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    Two-in-one model. I planned to put different numbers on each side and pretend that it was a different model when I turned it around.
     
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