Prestwin pair rolls out
Following my builds of a number of ex-Airfix wagon kits (Esso tanks and Meat van), the latest of my kit stash to see the light of day is a pair of Prestwin cement hoppers. As I've said countless times before, building these elderly models is a real joy and the amount of detail contained in the mouldings is still highly impressive. Indeed, there has been little extra in the way of super-detailing - all I've added is some extra brake gear and a few refinements to the existing parts. New wheels and brass bearings are probably the biggest update, although the wheelsets that Dapol are now including with these kits are of a high enough quality for retention.
Not surprisingly, the most fun was had at the weathering stage, with the nature of the real things dictating plenty of 'cement' dust in the form of weathering powders. As for the markings, Cambridge Custom Transfers offer some great decals for these wagons and I opted for those carrying instructions relating to Hillhead Quarries, Buxton, in honour of one of my favourite towns.