It’s always good to see new, independent manufacturers of model railway kits. One new supplier is 422 Model Making who supply a range of 7mm (1:43) kits, including buildings and rolling stock in standard and narrow gauge.
I like their parts for a covered goods van in 0-16.5 and I wondered if it was possible to convert this kit into an O9 (On18) van.
The van is 42mm (1.7 inch) wide and my O9 loading gauge is 28mm (1.1 inch), meaning around 14mm (0.55 inch) would have to be removed from the ends. By a happy coincidence this is the width of one of the end panels plus one stanchion. I carefully cut the ends with a razor saw. In the photo below the left hand one has been cut, the right hand one is the original.
After this it was quite simple to glue the ends together and assemble the kit. Instead of cutting the roof they provided, I made a new one from 0.5mm (20 thou) plasticard. Everything was stuck together with my new found friend, high viscocity superglue.
The result is the rather nice box van body you see at the top of the blog.