BR Fruit Vans

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iak
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BR Fruit Vans

Postby iak » Thu May 28, 2020 7:48 pm

An auld project that has been reactivated.
The early Fruit Vans built by British Rail were based on an auld LMS Van design; Parkside have produced the kit for these beasties. The build is of three vans, including one oddball...

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Replacement solebars here with a spare etched detailing insert.


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Another angle. The buffers are frae David Franks, the solebar etch is a spare one frae Dave Bradwell etch.


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W-irons on, these being auld Society BR ones. Yes, it is a rigid chassis... The etched insert here is a spare Rumney Models one, Justin provides alternative solebars for some of his chassis kits so, waste not etc...


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This one uses the Parkside undergubbins...


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OK, the oddball. An LMS style undergubbins with LNER style brakes.


More soon with this project.
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Re: BR Fruit Vans

Postby jim s-w » Thu May 28, 2020 11:39 pm

Hi Iain

These kits have the wrong profile ends. The roof is more like a br standard van and not like an LMS van. A common trick is to use the ends from the ratio van in their place.

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Jim

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Re: BR Fruit Vans

Postby Noel » Fri May 29, 2020 9:38 am

And the Ratio roof as well, to match the ends. Geoff Kent, in "The 4mm Wagon" Vol 2, reprofiles the kit ends and sides, and uses the kit roof, flattened slightly; however, if you have a spare Ratio roof it produces a better result, I feel.
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Re: BR Fruit Vans

Postby iak » Fri May 29, 2020 12:04 pm

Noel wrote: Geoff Kent, in "The 4mm Wagon" Vol 2, reprofiles the kit ends and sides, and uses the kit roof, flattened slightly; however, if you have a spare Ratio roof it produces a better result, I feel.


You've stolen my thunder here Noel as that is exactly the path I am following. Mind, that is the intention :D
This project got left aside because of this very issue. Using the Ratio ends is feasible but I felt that Professor Kent's way forward might alleviate things without mucking up Ratio kits when I began. Since then I have managed to get a goodly number of Ratio kits so, using the Cambrian kits as well might bring some other beasties to fruition. I need to cross reference the MRJ articles again.
I do aim to cross kit some Ventilated Vans by using the Parkside sides and Ratio ends but that is for another day

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Re: BR Fruit Vans

Postby iak » Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:17 pm

An update on this project - sadly ill health and family bereavement have caused a general torpor for some time...

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Two views showing the scratch built nature of this underframe. A veritable melánge of plastic, brass and castings.
More soon as this project gains momentum. :thumb
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Re: BR Fruit Vans

Postby waveydavey » Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:22 am

Looking at the relationship between the spring/axle box unit and the bottom of the W iron I think something might have gone astray Iain. Do the W irons need a bit of packing?

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Re: BR Fruit Vans

Postby iak » Sun Feb 07, 2021 11:05 am

Probably, these pictures were taken post depressive episode.
I have learnt not to beat myself up over such things David.
The modelling helps cage the Black Dog; wee, occasional cock ups come with the territory.
Mind, the angle of the image doesn't help... :?
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Re: BR Fruit Vans

Postby jim s-w » Sun Feb 07, 2021 12:15 pm

As long as the buffer height is ok most won’t notice. I guess the springs and axle boxes are separate Iain? It just looks like you’ve mounted the axleboxes a tad low as the top bit should overlap the springs. It’s no biggie.


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