IRISH GENERATOR VAN
|Photo by Ed Fahey.|
Today, the postman has just delivered DC Kits' new resin-bodied kit of an Irish Railways (CIE) 'Dutch' generator van. I shall be assembling and painting this for a review in Model Rail in the next month or two. Made up of a one-piece bodyshell, brass floor and whitemetal bogies, the kit provides everything save wheels, bearings and couplings; all of which - as well as a tin of Phoenix Precsion CIE orange paint - can be obtained from DC Kits.
First impressions tell me that it looks pretty good. But then, I would say that as I made up the brass master from etches supplied by DC Kits' Charlie Petty. It's funny seeing the resin mouldings after spending quite a while getting the brass bits to go together.
The unusual body shape has been captured well and I'm looking forward to seeing it finished in the distinctive orange/black livery of CIE.
Below are some snaps of the brass master being assembled. The roof proved the most difficult part, being formed by rolling with various sizes of brass and copper piping, plus the shaft of a screwdriver for the extreme edges. Forming compound curves like this is not easy and requires care and patience. A little experience helps as well.