Winander wrote:Note that he doesn't letter them and fails to fold them according to purist beliefs, nor does he bother with fixing ropes.
Photographs show that sheets could be put on quite tidily, or very untidily, and every stage in between. Purist belief doesn't come into it - just modelling what you see rather than ignoring the reality. I don't put ropes [actually strings, sometimes referred to as ties; ropes were for securing loads] on either - far too fiddly and difficult to keep to scale, in my view.
Lettering is a different matter - BR sheets [ignoring those put on upside down] had markings as I posted earlier, which are usually visible in photographs, even if not legible. I don't find unlettered sheets to be at all realistic; The "BR" and numbers at least are usually fairly clear, even on sheets due for return to works for reproofing. Some photos suggest to me that the "BR" and sheet numbers may sometimes have been repainted even though the sheet had not been reproofed. Wagon sheets, incidentally, were very strictly controlled. Stations were expected to return spares or those for repair daily, for which a dedicated service of sheet trucks ran between major locations; if a station was short of sheets they could be ordered from the stores at 24 hours notice. Damaging them, or failing to report damage to them, were disciplinary matters.
Winander wrote:I wonder how strong they are?
Adequate, I would think, if they stayed on the wagon permanently, and probably even if they were removable, so long as it was done carefully.