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I got myself the pair of these. I know that they are sold as CCT but that was a BR appellation.
LMS did have a van called CCT but that looks quite different. Parkside have a kit of it and that is in my to do box.

This model is quite good out of the box but it does lack for brake gear detail. In my mind I compared it to the GWR Horsebox from last year ( or was it the year before?) which had superb underframe detailing.
I suppose this is yet another example of "design clever".

I did wonder at the bauxite livery since most NPCS vehicles tended to be maroon.
However, I did find a picture of one in LMS Journal 20 with a caption by the photographer in 1938, stating the colour was, in fact, bauxite (or undercoat).

Another thing I found annoying was the wobbly wheels although the model runs OK. I'm going to guess that this "feature" is to allow this long wheelbase van to negotiate tight curves.

So, the first thing I did was strip the van down:



The brakes came out easily. These needed to be drilled to accept a tie bar (should really be a yoke, but that's too much of a fiddle), and reinstalled to be in line with the tyres for EM.

The wheels are quite fine - to the extent that they are suitable for EM as is. Only one wheel on each axle is insulated, the other is a VERY tight uninsulated fit and I needed a wheel puller to get it off.

I opened out the plastic pinpoints with my "Truck Tuner" ( http://www.micromark.com/HO-Truck-Tuner,8241.html ). I find this very useful and it will work on brass bearings as well.

Following this I installed waisted bearings and secured with cyano. I found that the bearing flange had to be filed flush since the wheel hubs are very close to the axleboxes. I probably should have thinned these.

So, to cut a long story short, the brake gear and rigging was produced from brass wire and various bits from Mainly Trains brake gear etches. There are some brilliant works drawings reproduced in LMS Journal 31 showing the arrangement of brakes for 4 and 6 wheeled stock.

Here's what I ended up with:



Note the safety loops. Couplings are scale head Kadee - I think the NEM pockets are too big and obtrusive. Note I cut off the trip pin since I uncouple with cocktail sticks.

Finally after paint and weathering we have this:



Note that, besides the vacuum brake pipe there should also be a through steam pipe.

I'm really happy with the way this came out.

John
 

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Wow! Really excellent!

I realise now why I don't model British any more - if you have to do that amount of work on a 4 wheel van - albeit a LWB one! Not a criticism of Hornby, more a comment oh just how much visible under gear there is on British rolling stock.

It's only a pity that you haven't got a 'before and after' photo.

Will keep an eye open for more posts from you - inspiring work
 

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Thanks Paul. However, you don't HAVE to do what I do, I chose to do so and some might think I'm nuts. I do like to have unique models, even if the baseline is mass
produced.

For the before I guess you could look at the van on Hatton's site: http://www.ehattons.com/60265/Hornby_R6640...tockDetail.aspx

European and North American models always blow me away with the level of detail and I suppose there isn't a lot for you to do to them. Mind you, for European models at
least, you have to pay a premium I think.

I get the impression that UK modellers are generally not prepared to pay the premium for highly detailed models. Hornby have responded by going back to more moulded
detail and Bachmann have just increased prices - so we'll see which approach wins. Personally I am prepared to pay for a good model and Bachmann seem to be more consistent
there. Their recent LMS/Midland brake vans are a good example - there is very little to do but I found something anyway


I am watching with interest for the Rapido announcement later this month on what UK model they plan to make.

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Cheers Jim, that had crossed my mind, but we'll just have to see. The market needs an APT I think (a friend of mine does anyway).

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That will be most interesting to see Jim. I'm firmly entrenched in the steam era but have been known to dip a toe into the early diesel period.

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