Not a lot of time for practical modelling over last weekend, but I did manage to finish off an N gauge Parkside Dundas wagon kit, started a few months back. I'm quite pleased with my weathering efforts in 2mm scale, as it's not something I do too regularly. Mind you, my eyeballs are still aching a bit after trying to hand-letter the wagon's number and weight markings. Think I'll dig out my magnifying glass for the next one.
I'm building a handful of these wagons to add some variety to my small fleet of Farish 16t minerals, aiming for a rendition of a typical late 1970s semi-fitted coal working, ostensibly to run behind this Farish Class 44. The loco needs a good dose of the distressing and weathering treatment at some point, for a truly authentic period scene. One or two of these wagon kits have been modified during assembly, blanking-off some of the side doors and other such things; just to keep things interesting...
|The Parkside 24.5t mineral is good fun to build, being a pretty simple box on wheels. It's hard to appreciate from the photo, but the quality of the moulded detail is impressive and the metal buffers add some extra refinement.|