Low-tech coach restoration (5)



Well I finally got around to finishing my little restoration job on these old coaches. Here's the 6-wheel Van to dia V13, converted from a W3. I use a simplified version of the 1906 livery on my coaches.  I did have a bit of trouble painting the panels on a couple of the coaches, as my normal method works best on new and sharply defined panels.



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Here's the R1 All first. A big word of thanks to all who helped find the right running numbers for this diagram, both on the gwr e-list and RMweb. The R1s were numbered 1-8 and I initially thought this was a great opportunity to have a coach numbered "1". I even applied the first transfer, but then found it simply looked odd! So I chose no. 7 instead.



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Here's the G20, a Third class saloon. The glazing has been fitted, I just like it clean. So much for the interior detailing, you can't really see any of it. Oh well. In case you're wondering, the Weasel is on the other side.



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Here's one I restored earlier, one of the little 4-wheel V2s. I have to say Colin had a great taste in coaches when he originally built these a long time ago.



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Another one from the first batch I restored, the U16 6-wheel compo, with the luggage windows now appropriately "blinded".




And finally a line-up of the three newly done coaches, ready for service. As the header says, this is all very low-tech but it has been a nice project and I like the idea of giving Colin's old coaches a new lease on life. There's a message in there for all of us balding old farts, I think: It's never too late!


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  1. These are lovely, Mikkel. They exude an Edwardian ambience, at least what I imagine it would be, as despite appearances, I am not quite that old! You have done extremely well with the panel painting, bloody difficult when you haven't got crisp lines to follow. To sum up in a word: delightful.

    Nice to note that the Weasel is still doing time.

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  2. Ha, yes the Weasel is in there for good!

    Well it's a simplified livery (without the lining) but it serves the purpose I think.

    In a way the Edwardian period is not that long ago - a litte more than a 100 years isn't much in the greater scheme of things, I think. But it's amazing what has happened in that time!

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  3. Iain's comment is spot on. Models which trigger an emotion rather than just an intellectual "isn't that clever?" are in a different class. These do just that. Love 'em.

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  4. Glad you think that, Chas, thanks - although much of the credit must go to Colin who built the original models.

    I remember reading an article in one of the mags once, it was a loco-build and the builder dropped the loco on the floor just before he finished it. Afterwards he found the model actually looked better because now it had some character - and you could see in the pics he was right :-)

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