ESSO SO GOOD
Another hobby night sees a venerable old kit finished.
Another Thursday, another hobby night. Fuelled by a bottle of Timothy Taylor's Landlord, I spent an hour last night finishing off this Dapol (ex-Airfix) plastic kit of the iconic Esso oil tank wagon. I've had a pile of these kits, mostly in Airfix packaging, for decades but only now am I getting around to assembling them. Well, a couple of them. Like most of those old Airfix kits, dating back to the 1960s/70s, they make excellent models, with only a handful of detail refinements necessary to bring them up to current specs.
Brake rigging, sprung buffers and etched ladders are the main enhancements and, in retrospect, I think I should have replaced the plastic tank-top walkways with some etched chequer plate. But, I'm happy with the results and am looking forward to completing the other two wagons under construction, whereupon they can enter the paintshop. Some new transfers are required, so I'll be trawling through the lists on Fox's website soon. I've just learnt that Fina operated some of these wagons in the '60s/'70s too, but I've gone and fitted the raised Esso lozenge now. Oh well...
|For anyone interested in tank wagons, look out for the mighty tome by R. Tourret, Petroleum Rail Tank Wagons of Britain. It includes a number of images and plans of the Esso tank, as well as a complete history of tank vehicles on Britain's railways. See www.tourretpublishing.com|