Guy Rixon wrote:Nicely done van - and lucky man to have a Slaters' kit to finish!
The version with the smaller wheels: did it still have the spring hangers with the Spencer's patent pads, same as the passenger-rated van?
Well, there are still a couple of Slaters kits that I have in the big box of unbuilt kits. However you're right that the current position for modellers of the Midland is not ideal. I hope that the range doea become widely available again, as I do like the crisp detail of the body mouldings.
You're right that the spring holders are not correct for the goods-style underframe. However I'm applying the 3 foot rule in this case, as they were already part of the part-built body and I wasn't about to start carving it about and replacing it. Hopefully the difference won't be too obvious when it's finished and painted and in the middle of a train.
The lead weight has gone in the body this morning, in the form of a piece of flashing held in place with Araldite, and the roof can go on this evening. Then it's into the queue for the paint shop...
Next in line are a couple of eBay salvage jobs - a D&S LNWR van that I've already reduced to component parts, and a Jidenco (I think) Midland horse box. The latter is again going to be "impressionistic" given what I have and what i know about the prototype. The important things for me are to have the correct body dimensions to maintain the right proportions, and to have as much of the underframe correct as I can manage. I'm not sure if that makes me the Right Sort Of Modeller