Hornby Trout purchased at Manchester yesterday and converted to P4 in about 30 mins. New wheels just drop in, but the brakes shoes need to be moved out to avoid fouling the flanges. They are pretty well glued in to pockets in the underframe, so I ended up sawing them off, drilling and pinning them in their new positions. The wagon runs very sweetly through Waterloo Street's pointwork. Springing the wheels will be challenging...
The model is of the Met-Cam 1951 built Trouts, so they very nice LNER livery on mine is incorrect. There are some missing rivets on the hopper end stanchions, and there are no cross shafts or safety loops for the brakes (despite there being rebates in the back of the brake shoes for them). The central strut inside the hopper could be more detailed.
Metal buffer heads are fitted, having collars integral with the shanks. Springing them will be tricky, as the gusset plates and buffer spring gaiters are fully modelled.
TOERAG - Tees, Ouse, Esk & Rye Area Group