In my last post I mentioned I have three Unit Models O9 (On18) kits to build.
These are nice kits. Well designed, crisp mouldings and easy to construct.
Let’s go through the process with the Covered Van kit as an example. The kit includes the resin, brass and plasticard components. You need to provide a PECO N gauge wagon chassis.
This slots into the resin chassis frame – if you cut the buffers off 🙂
I trim off the brake gear and the coupling pockets too. This helps to give the impression of a very simple narrow gauge wagon chassis.
The PECO chassis fits in place nicely.
If you want to add the metal weight that’s supplied with the N Gauge chassis it’s a good idea to test that it fits now before you start assembling the kit.
Next I assembled the body of the covered van. It’s simple to glue the resin chassis frame and plasticard roof to the van body. I used slow setting super glue.
The weight and chassis slot in place.
This is what you get after a coat of primer.
I told you the kits were easy to assemble 🙂
There’s nothing wrong with the axle boxes, but to make the wagon look even more like an industrial narrow gauge wagon I created some fake axle boxes in TinkerCad.
These were printed in PLA. The finish isn’t that smooth but I will paint them so they appear heavily rusted and the roughness will add some texture!
Here’s a picture of the trio of wagons.
Next time, I’ll add the fake axle boxes before I apply the primer. (To be honest the axle boxes were a bit of an after thought !)
So far so good. These will need another coat of primer then they can go to the paint shop.
I’m looking forward to that – I really enjoy painting wagons.