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Welshbloke

Building some GWR four wheelers in OO

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Welshbloke

I've been assembling some of the old (at least 1970s) Ratio kits for GWR four wheel coaches:

 

 

After building one of each of the three kits they offer (and another five compartment third class) I started eyeballing drawings found online. The Ratio brake 3rd is a decent model but it's of a type of coach which wasn't all that common, so I decided to convert one using a spare side from another third to provide the extra compartments. First job, razor saw:

 

After cutting and gluing. Comparing the modified side (two tone thanks to the different colours of raw plastic) with an untouched one to check the overall length:

 

 

Once happy with one side I repeated the process:

 

The rest of the build followed the instructions, followed by paint:

 

How it currently stands. I need to order new lamp tops for the roof (as the kit ones were in the wrong places for the new build) transfers and some passengers:

 

 

It isn't 100% accurate as the donor coaches have very slightly different compartment dimensions, comparing their drawing to those of the intended prototype. But it looks right!

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