Steve Banks

Steve Banks

Posted on 07/05/2014

Photo taken on March 10, 2013

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Pair of bolster wagons

Pair of bolster wagons
One day during the school holidays, my son (aged 14 1/2) was at a loose end so we decided to make some goods wagons (in OO, 4mm scale). We found modellers' drawings in a book, and set off, using Plastikard for the body, and assorted metal parts here and there. I made one part, then Geoffrey copied it. If he made a mistake, we just threw it away and he tried again. Buffers, W-irons and axlebox castings came from the MJT range. When finished, I did the painting using my spray gun, but can you tell the two models apart? No, neither can I!

The moral is that scratch-building is hugely enjoyable and you learn as you go. :)

Details: The prototype was ex-North Eastern Railway, as running in LNER days. Manual brakes were on one side only. They often ran in pairs to carry long loads, like logs or steel parts, hence the chains to tie them down.

Well done as a modeller and as a dad.
4 years ago.
Steve Banks has replied to GrahamH
Cheers, Graham, that's very kind. Alas he was lost forever to the hobby when those funny things with a lot of buttons and a mouse came on the scene. He'd been pretty good building and painting other things and won a couple of prizes. These two models even won a Highly Commended at Scaleforum, which is top cheese!
3 years ago.
Love them..very detailed ..not sure how small the scale is but I am sure it was very fiddly.!!
3 years ago.
Steve Banks has replied to lovestruck
Cheers, Jilly, OO/4mm scale is the most common one seen in model/toy shops, for example. Interesting point about fiddliness - it's generally failing eyesight that causes people to change to a large size. :)
3 years ago.