They're fairly modern vans for 1905: 18' over headstocks, 9'9" wheelbase, flush sheeting, oil bearings wth 3'1" wheels, vacuum fitted. Details, including a facsimile of the GA, are in LNWR wagons vol 2.
This kit is designed specifically to be made at Shapeways, thus rigged to play to their strengths and avoid the peculiar limitations of their "Smooth Fine Detail Plastic" printing. Very fine detail can be included (walls down to 0.3mm in some parts, lettering on axleboxes might be legible). Only three flat faces will print with a smooth finish: that facing upward, and two out of four possible vertical planes; all others will be messed up. Vertical space in the printer is more expensive than horizontal spread. Spruing parts is encouraged and is essential to keep the costs down; each unsprued part adds about £7 to the price.
All thus leads to a kit rather like a moulded one, but with more scope for fine and undercut detail integral with the parts. One-piece bodies print with bad finish and cost too much.
First thing is to rough out the main components. They can be detailed later in the design.
I've chosen the following parts.
- * Side.
* End with integral headstock.
* Floor with solebars, including mounting points for the Bill-Bedford axleguards.
* Roof (fixing details not worked out yet).