Bogie Box Van: Accidental Damage

I thought I’d found the perfect way to hold the box van while I painted it.

An off cut of wood fitted snugly inside the van. This could be supported by this 90 degree clamp. (The clamp was an impulse buy from a tool stand at a market but, like many impulse buys, I’ve never actually used it).

Everything was going well. The wood and the clamp were a great way of holding the van, the painting and weathering were complete and I took the van outside to varnish it.

Unfortunately, I’d forgotten to tighten the clamp holding the wood, the wood slipped out and the van landed on a paving slab.

Ouch! The van roof was damaged in two places.

I can’t live with this. I will have to replace the roof. Getting it off without damaging the rest of the van is not going to be an easy job.

Ugh, how annoying!

4 comments

  1. That’s barely damage at all! Coax the bits back to position and reglue (presumably styrene, so Mek-pak or Solvent Weld). Then fill with a good cellulose one shot knifing filler mto just fill the remaining cracks and sanding stick down (I’d use a file). Mask the body and repaint the whole roof. Sorted. I recently did much the same with a model car body which smashed into 4 pieces. It is now resplendent in metallic blue and silver.

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  2. Hi Martin, Henrik and Ian, Thanks for your encouragement and advice on repairs. I have removed the van roof using a penknife, it came off pretty well. Now I just need to tidy up the remaining glue on the model and reroof this little baby! Steve

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