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Offline Jonathan Prince

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Chassis for van kit?
« on: August 20, 2017, 11:13:38 am »
I have a van kit which includes sides, roof and a bottom but no wheels. I'm not an expert but I'd assume you'd need some wheels on a chassis of the correct length. The length of the base is 33.5 mm. It would also need couplings as well.

Where would be a good place to get something like this? I have found a few places, but I don't know if they would be suitable. I'm not at all fussy about how the chassis looks in respect to the look of the undercarriage and how prototypical it is, but it would be good if it didn't detail too much.

If it's of any relevance, the rest of my stock is fairly old (from metal body era) so the track has taller rails (not that I think this would make a difference).

Any help would be greatly appreciated as there seems to be a wide range of suppliers!

Thanks! :-)
« Last Edit: August 20, 2017, 11:35:57 am by Jonathan Prince, Reason: Stupid autocorrect... »

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Re: Chassis for van kit?
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2017, 02:11:36 pm »
Here are some photos of the finished van:


The underside - I assume the chassis is just glued on...

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Re: Chassis for van kit?
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2017, 02:18:46 pm »
That looks like the Peco 10ft wheelbase chassis kit would do the job.

http://www.osbornsmodels.com/nr-121-peco-10ft-wheelbase-steel-type-solebars-chassis-kit-1327-p.asp

there's also one with wooden solebars depending upon what suits the era.

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Re: Chassis for van kit?
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2017, 02:23:46 pm »
I'll put it on order!  :thankyousign:

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Re: Chassis for van kit?
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2017, 09:17:47 pm »
That looks like the NGS Midland van kit (you're lucky as they're rarer than hen's teeth at the moment). I think you'll need a Peco 10ft wooden sole bar chassis not the steel one. Either way the chassis will likely need some modification to fit between the buffer beams.

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Re: Chassis for van kit?
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2017, 09:51:46 pm »
That looks like the NGS Midland van kit (you're lucky as they're rarer than hen's teeth at the moment). I think you'll need a Peco 10ft wooden sole bar chassis not the steel one. Either way the chassis will likely need some modification to fit between the buffer beams.


Is it slightly shorter Atso? If so would the Peco 9ft wooden solebar chassis kit be more practical?

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Re: Chassis for van kit?
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2017, 10:38:43 pm »
Is it slightly shorter Atso? If so would the Peco 9ft wooden solebar chassis kit be more practical?

I've not built one myself but there is a video of a build on YouTube somewhere. The kit was designed to be built with or without the buffer beams on the body. Without it is a perfect fit for the 10ft wheelbase chassis but you'll need to cut the buffer beams off the chassis to get it to fit the body as pictured in the above post - if my understanding of how the kit goes together is correct.

I'd love a couple of these but there is no word as to when they'll be reintroduced. :(

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Re: Chassis for van kit?
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2017, 11:11:45 pm »
I believe the mold tool for this kit is life expired, so no more.
Steve.

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Re: Chassis for van kit?
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2017, 08:34:21 am »
I believe the mold tool for this kit is life expired, so no more.
Steve.

That's not good! I guess I'll have to add it to the long list of things to look out for second hand then...

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Re: Chassis for van kit?
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2017, 08:59:24 am »
If you have one van you could make a rubber mold and cast some yourself

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Re: Chassis for van kit?
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2017, 09:42:20 am »
If you have one van you could make a rubber mold and cast some yourself

Unfortunately, I don't have one otherwise I would do this as I've got some rubber and resin. Maybe something to find so drawings for and 3D print a master in the future...

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Re: Chassis for van kit?
« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2017, 02:57:27 pm »
Sorry for the long wait - the supplier I chose for the wheels took 1 month to deliver them...  :scowl:
Anyhow, with a little plastic surgery, it's up and running and looks great! Thanks for the help in choosing a the wheels!


Here are some more photos:
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Re: Chassis for van kit?
« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2017, 04:58:19 pm »
Looking good. Are you planning on doing any more model kits?

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Re: Chassis for van kit?
« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2017, 05:03:45 pm »
I think I need to make a start on the proper railway first - I've also got a couple of building kits on the queue too. I am however going to the Peterborough Exhibition so I'm unlikely to come away empty handed from that  :D

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Re: Chassis for van kit?
« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2017, 01:14:38 pm »
If you have one van you could make a rubber mold and cast some yourself


Unfortunately, I don't have one otherwise I would do this as I've got some rubber and resin. Maybe something to find so drawings for and 3D print a master in the future...


How come I've only just spotted this thread... I have two that I found on eBay a few years ago. Both were repainted and lettered to look like this:



I wouldn't mind a couple more and it seems I'm not alone. Would the moulding process harm the paint job at all...?

I think I need to make a start on the proper railway first - I've also got a couple of building kits on the queue too.


Join the club, Jonathan. I've been back in the hobby for a little under five years now and I already have a backlog of kits that need attention and a layout that's been under construction since summer 2014 (the electrics on the lower level are unlikely to be completed this year). It seems to be par for the course.

 

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