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Offline MalcolmAL

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Re: Peco wagon kits - mini review
« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2015, 10:52:42 pm »
I like these kits a lot, just a pity Peco don't do bogie vehicles, coaches etc !
and / or kits of all their other (10 and 15 ft ) wagons that they do and are structured same (two nuts).
[I have just discovered that the 9ft kits are the ye olde plastic bits on a sprue that need glue type building, whereas these 10 and 15 jobs are just two wee nuts onto plastic ummm thingies ! :) then job done.]
browsing about on ebay earlier it seems that they used to do coaches ?
and locos, the Peco Collett seems to be much sort after, and my swmbo would kill for one of those !
Not for us to question the corporate model of Peco ( nuff of that sort of thing in other Farish and Dapol threads !! ) but one wonders about their mojo !




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Re: Peco wagon kits - mini review
« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2015, 11:47:32 pm »
Nice plank picking John, I will need a stronger pair of spectacles before I get into that.
Ah !
two stacked reading glasses and a handsfree magnifier later :
plank pickers, pop pickers ( are you old enough to remember him ? ) everywhere :
the brown (experiment in mixing bauxite?) first coat dried quite well ( dont mention the roof !) so I thort how about picking out the metalwork.
Dunno if I am picking the right bits, nor if they were ever painted black, but just for fun here is my Mk2 effort.



After that I chickened out (the diagonals for another day ! ) and poured a Gin&Tonic :)




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Re: Peco wagon kits - mini review
« Reply #17 on: June 09, 2015, 07:42:16 am »
Here is my peco bolsters im building.




Also a chivers LNER horsebox which was built of teak. Here I have the teak undercoat and first layer of teak top coat on. More layers to go yet to get the depth and graining.






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Re: Peco wagon kits - mini review
« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2015, 08:06:11 am »
It amazes me how some people manage to hand paint lettering and numbers, especially on n gauge stock, they must use a 1 hair paintbrush??
« Last Edit: June 10, 2015, 02:29:12 pm by Zimonski »

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Re: Peco wagon kits - mini review
« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2015, 01:01:49 pm »
What about the range of Modelmaster decals available from the N gauge Society Shop?

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Re: Peco wagon kits - mini review
« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2015, 06:04:36 pm »
Fox transfers may do the decals


I recently purchased some lner loco and coach decals from them

Thanks - I'll try them for wagon ones too.
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Re: Peco wagon kits - mini review
« Reply #21 on: June 10, 2015, 09:06:26 pm »
Here are the two wagons that I forgot in my original post.
The 5 Plank and 7 Plank kits, KNR40 & 41

Quite dark plastic but acceptable ( from the usual operating distance ! ) in my world to run like this whilst learning the ropes :)
Again, simple to build, just two tiny nuts to be self threaded on to plastic spigots to hold the body, weight bar and chassis together.

It may be worth noting that it is quite a fiddly and delicate operation getting the nuts started and they need to be fully tightened down ** but without wringing the neck off the spigots ! Very worrying because one does not know the strength of the spigot !! In an ideal engineering world one would be given a torque spec. but the instructions only say "do not over tighten", which is a statement of 'the bleedin obvious'. One does not know the sheer strength until one has over tightened and then it is too late :(

** Need to be fully tight to hold the body close to the chassis - because that is what holds the captive coupling pivot horizontal in its housing (pocket)


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Re: Peco wagon kits - mini review
« Reply #22 on: June 10, 2015, 09:50:24 pm »
Thanks for the photo's Malcom, it's good to see clear close-ups..  I've often wondered what the wagon kits were like :)
It's handy to know that transfers are available to.

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Re: Peco wagon kits - mini review
« Reply #23 on: June 10, 2015, 09:57:06 pm »
Those nuts are small  !  If you can't thread them just
glue them.....
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Re: Peco wagon kits - mini review
« Reply #24 on: June 10, 2015, 10:03:09 pm »
Those nuts are small  !  If you can't thread them just
glue them.....
Quite so !
That was my back-up plan if it all went orribly rong, but in that case you may want to make up a clamp device ( somewhere I have some nifty wee G-cramps which would do ) because as I said the close fit of the superstructure to the chassis sets the coupling freedom of movement,,, get a bit of a gap and droopy coupling will result.

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Re: Peco wagon kits - mini review
« Reply #25 on: June 10, 2015, 10:08:21 pm »
Thanks for the photo's Malcom, it's good to see clear close-ups..
Thanks.
I may have to revisit that pic ( it was late and the light was declining ) cos I forgot (duh ! ) to include a colour comparison, in real life the plastic is slightly more brown than that pic shows on my screen.
But yes, me too wondered, which is why I bought a selection to try cos Peco dont exactly over-sell themselves with product descriptions ! :)

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Re: Peco wagon kits - mini review
« Reply #26 on: June 10, 2015, 10:13:30 pm »
No they don't blow their own trumpet very much and a lot of their stuff has
been around for ages, but a lot of people like ther products.
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Re: Peco wagon kits - mini review
« Reply #27 on: June 10, 2015, 10:25:28 pm »
but a lot of people like ther products.
Including me now :)
I had previously read forums and the web but didnt get an overwhelming 'warm' impression ! and the else/rapido couplings came in for a bit of stick.
However, having tried them I am well impressed. And the couplings with the magnetic lift arms are magic ! (will report on that later elsewhere, but I am well on my way to a mininook :) - the main layput construction has taken a back-seat with the coming of spring and the work to be done in the garden :( )

Ok, for those that want super-realism and detail etc then Farish will suit well, but the price is offputting if one wants to 'play' ! (or build a big fleet )
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Re: Peco wagon kits - mini review
« Reply #28 on: June 10, 2015, 11:01:41 pm »
they make a nice little train. Will post some pics later if I can.
Yes please :)   :photospleasesign:

I'm a fan too, built up a rake of TTA tank wagons,
Was  that with the KNR50 ?  :photospleasesign:

Also a chivers LNER horsebox which was built of teak. Here I have the teak undercoat and first layer of teak top coat on. More layers to go yet to get the depth and graining.
Ah ! you had me all excited there for a mo. , a horse box ! , but some Googling later and it seems not a Peco ? Chivers expired some time ago ?? Five79 came up followed by ParksideDundas then the trail went cold :( ????



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Re: Peco wagon kits - mini review
« Reply #29 on: June 11, 2015, 01:00:39 am »
"get a bit of a gap and droopy coupling will result" - does this just afflict 'n gaugers' ?   :hmmm: :smiley-laughing:
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