After building a couple of ballast wagons the hard way, as I described in previous posts, I decided to investigate a quicker way to build a wagon as I needed a few more to make my ballast train more credible. So, in collaboration with a mate who specialises in model aircraft kit accessories, I produced these interlocking resin sides and ends. The floor, "w" irons, wheels, buffers, couplings, axle boxes, springs and brake gear are not supplied but are all readily available from the trade.
The castings are available for purchase at £20 per set + post/packing at cost £1.50 (UK).
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There is an inner step between the side planks and the solebar which it is intended that the wagon floor sits on. If the floor is made from sheet metal then the "w" irons can be soldered beneath which makes for a robust construction. You need 10mm between the bottom edge of the solebar and the axle center line so in some cases the "w" irons will need to be modified by soldering a strip to the top to deepen them. The metal floor can be faced with Slaters' 7mm Plastikard planking to make a convincing wagon bed if an empty is being modelled.
The sides and ends are scale 3" thick and interlock to facilitate construction.
The draw plate has a square hole to take a CPL wagon hook (my preference) , or you can scrape the draw plate off and replace it with a different plate and hook.
There are mounting plates on the solebar to which the brake lever and brake handle are fixed, they are designed for Drummond's patent each-side brake gear. It's quite a simple matter to make the lever and handles from 0.45mm brass or nickel silver strip using Peter Tatlow's drawing in "HR Carriages and Wagons" as a guide. The plates on the offside, without the brake lever, need to be removed and a new plate needs to be contrived to support the cross-shaft and handle on this side.
The fastening that holds the drop sides and ends in place, along with its chain are part of the casting, which saves a lot of time and fiddling.