200 of these vans were built to diagram 1/230 in 1949 for fruit, vegetable and flower traffic. Many survived until the mid 1970s.
Building the Model
When building rolling stock kits, I start by building the chassis first. This ensures that it can be built square such that it sits evenly on the rails and doesn't rock between its wheels due to a twisted chassis. If the body is build first and is not square, the chassis can never be square or adjusted.
Romford wheels and decent bearings are supplied and when construsted carefully, the model runs nice and smoothly without wobble. I apply a little 'Vaselene' as a lubricant inside the bearings as this will last many years.
There isn't anything difficult about this kit. Like all Parkside kits, it goes together squarely and has minimal moulding flash.
Paint is Railmatch 323 BR Early Freight Stock Bauxite for the body sides, Humbrol 67 matt tank grey for the roof and a mixture of Humber 113 matt rust and Tamiya XF1 matt black for the chassis. A light dusting of Carrs modelling powders has been applied to tone down the body and give it a more matt effect.
Couplings are Smiths Instanters and vacuum pipes are my standard wire and thread method.
The decals are by Modelmasters. These were obtained separately, but I understand that they are now supplied as standard with the Peco-supplied Parkside kits.
When used with other Ready to Run and kit wagons, these wagons add an interesting difference which isn't available as a ready-to-run model.
The Completed Model
Graham Plowman (28/11/2019)
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