Finally… I’ve completed the wagons for my O9 (On18) shunting puzzle.
I repainted these secondhand mine tubs nearly a year ago and only now have I made the loads for them.
First job was to create some inserts using recycled cardboard and PVA (white) glue. They are rough and ready, but they’ll do the job.
Next I added a different load to each wagon.
There are wagons with nuggets of gold or silver (cat litter granules with a dash of paint) and wagons containing diamonds and rubies (the ‘crystal diamante gems’ used by crafters). These were mixed into the Jarvis sand mix I used for the scenery on the layout.
The sand was given a couple of colour washes and the wagons were weathered with sandy colours. Finally, finished.
For this shunting puzzle I need eight, different, easy to recognise wagons. You’ll see I’ve made a card representing each wagon. Five cards are chosen at randon and the operator must create a train containing these wagons… in the right order.
Yes, it’s not entirely prototypical. Yes, a mine that produces gold, silver, diamonds and rubies is unfeasibly productive.
I’m having fun here 🙂