Scratch Built NER Implement Wagon

Back in September 2017 I posted some views if an NER Implement Wagon that I was scratch building using parts cut with the Silhouette Cutter.

Now that my workshop is finally finished I managed to get it finished too.

Scratch built NER Implement Wagon
Scratch built NER Implement Wagon
Scratch built NER Implement Wagon
Scratch built NER Implement Wagon


I should note that applying the transfers was an absolute pain until I discovered what I was doing wrong.
I like to use methfix transfers where ever possible because I find the ability to fine tune the placement (as long as you keep them moist) a great help. In this instance I was using the HMRS sheet for LNER wagons. Now I normally use Johnsons Klear as my gloss coat to apply the transfers to but I had some Vallejo gloss varnish to hand so I used that instead. It turned out to be a big mistake. As soon as I applied the transfers they stuck firmly to the gloss varnish in what ever position they landed in and couldn’t be adjusted without destroying them. After a couple of attempts and some head scratching I decided to coat the other side in Klear to see if that made any difference (before considering buying in new transfers). Lo and behold they worked perfectly as they always had. 

LNER Pipe Wagon – backdated from a Parkside kit for the BR version

Back in September 2015 on these pages I started to convert a Parkside kit for a BR Pipe wagon into the earlier LNER version. I got it almost finished when I popped it aside for some reason and there it languished until recently. Looking at it, it looked like all it needed was a set of couplings and it was good to go so a couple of weeks ago I made up soe of the rather nice castings from Sanspariel and fitted them.

LNER 12 ton Pipe Wagon
LNER 12 ton Pipe Wagon
LNER 12 ton Pipe Wagon
LNER 12 ton Pipe Wagon

Of course it was only after viewing these photos that the penny dropped that it was also missing it’s vacuum pipes….

These have been added and photos of the completed wagon will follow. When I say completed, it would have been and is pending me deciding whether to repaint it. I recently received a late fathers day present from my son (it was out of stock at the time) in the form of LNER Wagons part 4B by Peter Tatlow. This combined with a discussion on Tube wagons on one of the forums caused me to study the Pipe and Tube wagon section of this book in detail trying to ascertain if the bauxite came down to and included the solebars with all below the solebars black or as a few people have painted them with the solebars and headstocks in black. By good fortune, despite them being in monochrome there are a couple of period photos that quite clearly show that I was wrong and that the solebars and headstocks should indeed be black. The jury is still out on whether I repaint it.

LSWR Brake vans part 9

Connoisseur LSWR Brake vans – roofs

More work on the workshop has reduced modelling time somewhat but a little progress has been made on the brake vans. A lot of progress has been made on the workshop with my spray booth now fitted and vented externally and for the first time my Mini Formit (guillotine/folder/rolling bars) are permanently bolted to the bench and following Pete’s post I had another look at the alignment of the blade and anvil and had a lightbulb moment. Unseen previously, underneath the front edge of the anvil are two adjustment screws which push the anvil against the blade. Once I slackened the retaining screws and then used the adjustment screws the blade now sits tight against the anvil and it will happily cut shim so although I haven’t tested it yet it should cut the 10 thou nickel and brass sheets that it previously just bent down between anvil and blade.
To help with the location of the roofs I cut a strip of brass sheet (scrap etch) and then curved and  scored it to represent the planking above the verandas. These were soldered to the underside of the roofs.

Next the  roofs were covered in lense cleaning tissue to represent the canvas and finally the chimneys soldered on.

Connoisseur LSWR Brake Vans – Canvas Roof
Connoisseur LSWR Brake Vans – Canvas Roof

LSWR Brake Vans part 8

It has taken going on for 6 hours to get the step boards assembled. I can see why Jim says that this is not an afternoon build. Even taking in to account that I am doing two at once, I reckon that it would take a long weekend at least, to build one of these.

Connoissuer LSWR Brake Vans – Stepboards
Connoissuer LSWR Brake Vans – Stepboards
Connoissuer LSWR Brake Vans – Stepboards
Connoisseur LSWR Brake Vans Stepboards complete and ready for fitting

LSWR Brake Vans part 7

A couple of good sessions in the workshop has seen the bodies assembled and I was going to say complete but I just remembered the small cover plates that fit where the side laps were removed are still to fit.

Connoisseur LSWR Brake vans – bodies complete
Connoisseur LSWR Brake vans – bodies complete
Connoisseur LSWR Brake vans – bodies complete

LSWR Brake Vans part 6

Last night I unsoldered the errant end and soldered it on at the right end and then made up the second body.
This morning I added the end platforms before looking at fitting the doors.

Veranda detail soldered in


Although I had discussed the suggestion of adding opening doors I initially planned to solder at least some of them on. When it came to it, I did manage to get them soldered on one end but getting them in the right position was quite difficult and because they are laminated from two full thickness pieces they took a lot of heat from the microflame to get them the solder to melt and I wasn’t really happy with them.

LSWR Brake Van opening doors


My main concern with making opening doors was how to get the pin in to retain them because the doors fit tight under the strip that runs across the veranda end which represents the timber framing. I thought about drilling a hole in the strip to insert the pin from the top but it was too close to the upright and would have been hard work so I inserted it from the bottom and soldered it in. It does mean that I can’t take them off for painting but it was the only way to get them on. 

LSWR Brake Van opening doors
LSWR Brake Van opening doors
LSWR Brake Van opening doors


Once I had the hang of how to do it I had the rest done in a couple of hours.


LSWR Brake Van opening doors

Just to prove that they do indeed open I took a short video.
https://youtu.be/-Xo54fV_cp8

Parkside LMS Brake Van

Putting a few items of rolling stock into the small ads has prompted me to finish this brake van which for some reason I had completed apart from the roof. I am not sure what happened but I hadn’t painted or done anything with the roof so I set to and added a canvas covering and once that was dry I painted and weathered it and then stuck it to the van body. This will now be joining the for sale list.

Parkside LMS Brake Van
Parkside LMS Brake Van
Parkside LMS Brake Van
Parkside LMS Brake Van

Connoisseur LSWR Brake Van Part 5

Modelling time has been a bit limited this week so I haven’t made much progress on these but I have managed to get one of the basic bodies together and the ends soldered to one side on the other one.

Connoisseur LSWR Brake Van Body assembly

That looks like I should have rinsed it a bit better…

Connoisseur LSWR Brake Van Body assembly
Connoisseur LSWR Brake Van Body assembly
Connoisseur LSWR Brake Van Body assembly

Slaters LNER Brake Van

My order from Metalsmith arrived this week so I moved back onto the Slaters brake van build.
The order from Metalsmith was chiefly for 4mm x 2mm angle which I have used to make replacement stepboards in brass.

Replacement stepboards

The reasons for this are twofold, they will be more resilient to handling and I can solder them to the cast brass stepboard supports provided in the kit.
Conversely I have swapped the cast brass buffer stocks in the kit for some spare Parkside ones of the same style which I can glue more easily to the plastic headstocks.

I aslo cut out and cleaned up the axles boxes and springs ready for fitting and ran in to a little problem.

Slaters LNER Brake Van – Buffers and Springs

I had previously fitted some triangular (well almost) etched corner plates to the underside of the headstock/solebars. as you can see from the photos these now prevent the spring hangers from sitting flat under the sole bars. A look at the GA reveals that the spring hangers have been cut to allow the plates to be fitted but I feel that I may have fitted them in the wrong orientation and plan to remove one of them to check how it fits with the plate turned through 45 degrees.

LSWR Brake vans part 3

Yesterday I managed to get the cabin ends detailed ready for assembly to the body.


Although not discernable on the photos that I have due to there position and being in shadow. The drawing that Jim includes with the kit has a notation that the vents above the doors were planked over later in life. What I am not sure about it whether the planking was flush with the ends or that the vents were literally planked over. I have chosen to do the latter using some thin scrap etch.

Connoisseur LSWR Brake Van Cabin Ends
Connoisseur LSWR Brake Van Cabin Ends
Connoisseur LSWR Brake Van Cabin Ends
Connoisseur LSWR Brake Van Cabin Ends

Connoisseur LSWR Brake vans part 2

Although I still have the small panels to add to the sides where the fixed side lamps were removed later in life. I cracked on with the veranda ends and managed to get them ready for fitting to the body.
Next up is the ends of the cabin and all the safety bars over the windows. Although since my order of brass angle for the step boards on the LNER van has arrived from Barry at Metalsmith I may get the step boards prepared for fitting.

Connoissuer LSWR Brake Van Veranda ends detailed
Connoissuer LSWR Brake Van Veranda ends detailed
Connoissuer LSWR Brake Van Veranda ends detailed
Connoissuer LSWR Brake Van Veranda ends detailed

Connoisseur Models LSWR 24 ton Brake vans (2 of them)

I made a small start on these while the interior parts for the LNER van was cutting on the Silhouette and I finally have them at a point where it was worth taking some photos

They are much more involved than I originally envisaged with a good number of overlaid parts. What you see above is the result of more than 8 hours work. Admittedly that is for two of them.

For anyone building these a tip is to take some time over the bending of the ducket fronts. Getting the basic shape was fairly simple. But taking extra time to get them to fit without having to apply any pressure paid dividends when it came to soldering them on.

These are destined for the small ads so now I need to decide on how I intend to finish them. Personally I would like to do one LSWR version (so I can add the extra details that were removed later in it’s life) and a BR version. But I suspect that in terms of being attractive to a wider range of buyers the BR version will have most appeal.

Besides using them to generate funds I am also using these to ensure that I can still solder etc and work okay in metal before returning to building things for other people. My fingers are mostly back to normal after my mishap with the mower but there are some jobs such as driling with a pin vice that I am finding difficult at the minute. Hopefully that will improve with time and use.

Connoisseur LSWR-SR Brake Van
Connoisseur LSWR-SR Brake Van
Connoisseur LSWR-SR Brake Van
Connoisseur LSWR-SR Brake Van

An LNER Stove at last

As many will know Slaters do a really nice casting for a brake van stove. The problem with them is that they are based on an LMS(Midland?) design and although I have used them myself on other builds I have always hoped that someone would do an LNER version.
For this build having got a drawing for the stove, (thanks Dave) I thought I would have a bash at making one.
I am quite pleased with the results and I should have taken a shot with a 5p piece to show how big it isn’t…

LNER Brake van Stove and Hearth


I will have to straighten the jaunty chimney angle before final fitting though

LNER Brake van Stove and Hearth
LNER Brake van Stove and Hearth
LNER Brake van Stove and Hearth


Finally a couple more shots of the interior as it is at the moment.

Slaters LNER Brake van with scratch built interior


The Door it is hung

Although I have been busy in the workshop all day I have been distracted by fitting buffers to a good number of part finished models. I did manage to get the door on the brake van hung though and it does open and close.

LNER Brake Van – Opening Door
LNER Brake Van – Opening Door
LNER Brake van interior – Hearth
LNER Brake Van interior

Finally a better shot of the internals than I managed last night.

LNER Brake van interior – Seat lockers1024


Styrene at last…

Firstly my appologies for the crap photos’s I haven’t anywhere set up to take them at the minute so I had to do with poor lighting and try to make up for it with software but it isn’t up to much.
I managed to get my hands on some styrene so the last couple of days while it has been raining I cleared a space and set up the cutter. First I cut the parts for the new door and the internal lockers/benches etc. 
Sadly it didn’t go without incident and on the very last cut it moved out of registration and scrapped them all. Undeterred I cut them again and they came out okay. 
I glued the layers for the door together and laid them between two sheets of glass to dry and it was only when I was rubbing the edges down to remove the layering that I realised that I had a few layers too many – the completed door was a scale 4″ thick. I must have been thinking I was building a bullion van or something…
So third time lucky as the saying goes we have the new door sorted. And after all that I forgot to take any photos of it.
While the door was drying I made up the lockers and from the drawing added hinges, and hasp and staple to each locker area. The drawing also says that the guard was to be issued one padlock, so only one of them has a padlock.

Scratch built interior fittings for Slaters LNER Brake Van

Having added the lining detail to the interior I set about making the Guard’s vacuum gauge and the automatic van valve etc.

Scratch built interior fittings for Slaters LNER Brake Van

All made from styrene rod and tube of various sizes. I have just realised that I have missed of the guard’s handle I will add that before final fitting.
Here are a few shots of things just resting in place.

Scratch built interior fittings for Slaters LNER Brake Van
Scratch built interior fittings for Slaters LNER Brake Van
Scratch built interior fittings for Slaters LNER Brake Van

Just ready for the stove when I finish drawing and cutting it…

Scratch built interior fittings for Slaters LNER Brake Van
Scratch built interior fittings for Slaters LNER Brake Van



Running Rail and hooks, that’s what the GA says…

While waiting for the glue to dry on the first pair of W Irons I was studying the GA’s and noted that in the cain fastened to the roof is what is described as a “Running Rail with Hooks” So I thought what better to get me back into making the little details than this. I also noted that there are a couple of coat hooks too.

LNER Brake Van Running Rail and Coat hooks

And finally one with the obligatory coin to give an idea of scale.

LNER Brake van Running Rail and Coat hooks with 5p



Roof canvas in place

Although progress is steady because I keep getting distracted with photography the BV is moving forward.
The roof now has canvas and the etched end plates have the rivets pressed out and ready to fit as is the other veranda but that won’t be done until I make the door.

Slaters LNER Brake Van
Slaters LNER Brake Van


I did wonder if I would need to remove the rainstrips in order to get the canvas to sit down bt a bit of patient smoothing with a bit of spare plastic sprue saw it cover very nicely indeed.