Wednesday 2 August 2023

1/35th Scale Wagons for my Fireless Locomotive

With the 1/35th scale Fireless Locomotive finished (see earlier posts), I needed to work on some wagons. I chose a simple flat wagon to start and thought you may want to see how this and others were built.

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A second-hand HO-OO ESSO Tanker. Bought for £5.00.

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Now with the tank removed - I'm sure I will find some use for the tank - stay tuned for more information.....

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Modified by cutting off all of the solebar and brake detail and sanding the top flat.

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The modified wagons cut in half with a new wheel base of 30mm. I used a simple wooden jig to get the dimensions correct and keep all the wagons uniform.

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Various thicknesses of plastic card all ready to be cut and then glued together.

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The finished flats - suitably weathered and aged.

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The finished and painted flat wagon with a load of cardboard boxes and displayed on a scenic base. I still need to add couplings, but this can wait for now.

I have three finished flat wagons and am working on a couple of variations. The models were obviously all scratch built and have no 'real-life' inspiration. I was very disappointed that there are so few plans or drawings for simple narrow gauge wagons and had to design and built my own.

The flat wagons are 68mm long x 40mm wide and ride at 16.5mm above track level. Each wagon took about two hours to build and about the same to paint, but I now have some original stock for my 1/35th scale industrial layout. I just need to build it.


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