The Mink G was a batch of 100 vacuum fitted goods van with a 20 ton capacity built by the GWR in 1931 to diagram V22 and numbered in the 112801-900 series (with a 'W' prefix from 1948). They were designed for the carriage of goods traffic between main centres on the GWR system. They were not 'common user' and did not regularly work off of GWR metals until nationisation in 1948. The vans were in use until the mid 1960's.
The Parkside model which is the subject of this article was purchased some years ago. It is now available from Peco under the Parside brand.
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. Because of its long wheelbase, this model is succeptable to derailing if the chassis is not square.
The only thing which caught me out with this kit is that is one which seems to originate from the days before Parkside supplied brass bearings with their kits. The framework on the underside of the main baseplate has been moulded accordingly, however, once brass bearings are fitted, it is actually necessary to move the solebars out slightly from the baseplate underside framework otherwise the W irons will not be vertical. The solebars must be packed out from the framework with thin microstrip.
Romford wheels and decent bearings are supplied and when construsted carefully, the model runs nice and smoothly without wobble.
There isn't anything difficult about this kit. The brake rigging is a little bit fiddly, but 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 (41/11/2019)
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