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Offline Montignac

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Peco wagon kits
« on: July 30, 2016, 07:50:36 am »
Hello there !
I'm planning to build a few Peco wagon kits:

Peco Products N Gauge Wagons

But I still have a lot of newbie questions:
-Are they easy to build for a beginner in N scale ?
-Can I use  steel wheels ?
-Does anyone have a picture of one of these kits "just out  of the box" ?
 :thankyousign:

Sorry for my bad English but I'm just a french guy !
« Last Edit: July 30, 2016, 08:07:21 am by Montignac »
Have a better day than ever !
Christian

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Re: Peco wagon kits
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2016, 08:12:35 am »
Hello there !
I'm planning to build a few Peco wagon kits:

Peco Products N Gauge Wagons

But I still have a lot of newbie questions:
-Are they easy to build for a beginner in N scale ?
-Can I use  steel wheels ?
-Does anyone have a picture of one of these kits "just out  of the box" ?
 :thankyousign:

Sorry for my bad English but I'm just a french guy !

Hi Montignac

Welcome to the forum - and there's nothing wrong with your English...

The Peco kits are easy to build with few parts. You can use metal wheels - I have used the Graham Farish wheels. You may need to 'pinch' the frames together a bit to get them to run freely as I think the axles are slightly longer than the Peco ones.
Don't have a picture to hand but I'm sure someone else may be able to help.

Good luck

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Re: Peco wagon kits
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2016, 08:15:28 am »
G'day from Australia, Christian, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

Peco kits are indeed easy to put together, and we have several experts on this forum who will be along shortly. Stay tuned!  :thumbsup:

Your English is fine, by the way.
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Re: Peco wagon kits
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2016, 08:19:58 am »
There is 0.4mm difference in length between the Farish and Peco axles (Peco ones are shorter). That said metal wheels make a massive difference.

When you do build the wagons, watch out that you don't over tighten the nuts as it is quite easy to shear the plastic screws that they attach to.

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Re: Peco wagon kits
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2016, 09:43:49 am »
Hi Christian, and welcome aboard :wave:

Is John Nettles still working in 'Le Bureau des Etrangers'?

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Re: Peco wagon kits
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2016, 10:56:57 am »
 :sorrysign: Never heard, never seen. :sorrysign:
Anyway, thanks for all your replies.
Have a better day than ever !
Christian

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Re: Peco wagon kits
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2016, 12:27:01 pm »
Don't worry, Christian. Someone was sure to mention a fictional Televison programme we had in the UK between 1981 and 1991 which was called 'Bergerac' and that someone was me. Thinking about it, you were probably luck you never saw it. Just forget I even mentioned it.

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Re: Peco wagon kits
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2016, 12:43:37 pm »
I notice that Hattons are doing Peko kits at sensible prices.
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Re: Peco wagon kits
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2016, 04:49:40 pm »
Don't worry, Christian. Someone was sure to mention a fictional Televison programme we had in the UK between 1981 and 1991 which was called 'Bergerac' and that someone was me. Thinking about it, you were probably luck you never saw it. Just forget I even mentioned it.
Ok. No problemo !
Have a better day than ever !
Christian

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Re: Peco wagon kits
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2016, 06:57:04 pm »
Hello there !
I'm planning to build a few Peco wagon kits:

Peco Products N Gauge Wagons

But I still have a lot of newbie questions:
-Are they easy to build for a beginner in N scale ?
-Can I use  steel wheels ?
-Does anyone have a picture of one of these kits "just out  of the box" ?
 :thankyousign:

Sorry for my bad English but I'm just a french guy !


Here's a picture of a Peco van kit.  Sorry it is out of focus.



And the main parts of the kit after painting.


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Re: Peco wagon kits
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2016, 06:58:29 pm »
They are great kits, dead simple and easy to put together, and the bodies and underframes are nicely moulded too. They are great cheap alternatives to RTR wagons and/or kitbashing. A few points though:

1. The underframes are 30 year old tooling and are a little chunky. You can make them look better by paring the detail down a little with a sharp scalpel/craft knife.

2. Some of the kits (such as the plate wagon) are susceptible to bowing. A blast with a hairdryer is usually enough to straighten them.

3. The couplers arent that great, and sometimes wagons come apart on curves. I haven't found a solution to this yet.

4. I normally glue the wagon body to the chassis using poly cement; as I find the tiny nuts tedious and unnecessary.

5. A blow over of the underframe with matt varnish makes it look a lot less toylike/shiny.

HTH

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Re: Peco wagon kits
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2016, 09:04:45 am »
 :thankyousign: for your replies and for the pics.
Have a better day than ever !
Christian

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Re: Peco wagon kits
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2016, 11:45:40 am »
I've just built a whole load of these, 5 plank wagons, brake vans and some tankers, they are very easy to assemble, as long as you don't over tighten the nuts, if you are worried about snapping the lug, just put a drop of glue on them instead of the nut. Also paint them up before you assemble them.


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Re: Peco wagon kits
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2016, 11:53:26 am »
If you are planning to use magnetic uncouplers like EasiShunt, Christian, do not use the Peco weights, as the wagon will run back over the track magnet!  Lead scraps or bits of brass would be better.
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Re: Peco wagon kits
« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2016, 12:32:29 pm »
A very useful tip!  :thumbsup:
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