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Parkside Dundas make quite a range of vans which were used for parcels traffic. I have already built one LMS CCT and the long wheel base LNER CCT. Tonight it is the turn of the other LMS CCT model. For the CCT ignorant like me, this is the one without windows.

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Since CCTs have end doors and a drop down flap, the turned brass buffers will have to be filed flat top and bottom to match. That's going to bump my build time up to about 2 and a half hours excluding coupling fitting.

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that looks nice David

I don't want to tell you how to suck eggs but I have found that its handy to build Parkside kits on a pice of mirror glass it makes it so much easyer to keep things Square which helps in the running when complete.

I will like to see the model when complete.

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>I don't want to tell you how to suck eggs
I am always interested to hear how other people do things; there's always the possibility that they have found a better way to do something.

>on a pice of mirror glass
I use a small off cut of timber. It's about 18mm x 28mm in cross section. I take a lot of care in centering the wagon ends and leave each to set for a couple of minutes before adding the next. The end of the timber provides a supportive right angle. I think that using a liquid polystyrene cement (MekPak) is the key to my success; a quick dab with the brush and it seeps into the tiny gap and sets solid fairly quickly.

An important part of my construction is that the wagon bodies are literally watertight. I use diluted PVA to secure the "liquid lead" I use to bring the wagons up to weight.

>I will like to see the model when complete.
I plan to post a photo once the roof is on. I haven't got round to painting any of my wagons yet. I have to decide when I want to get into airbrushing - maybe in the Spring when the temperature in the garage won't be so low. I have still to get some airbrushing kit, so I will be returning to the very good thread we have on the forum on airbrushing and what to buy.

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I finally got round to filling the van with lead. The watered down PVA has now set, so I have been able to add the roof. Here's what it looks like before it joins the queue for the (non-existant) paint shop



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>that looks like you enjoyed making that David?
Yes, I did. I bought another 3 Parkside kits during the week - two BR 12 ton vans (Fruit and not fruit) and a GWR Python. I reckon that if I make 3 or 4 wagons a month, I will have rather a lot after a year or so. My worry right now is that I run out of "liquid lead" before Railex 2007 at the end of May. Parkside will be there too.

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Elines Imporium will supply you with more and they will send it mail order I think I paid £15 for a Kilo about 8months ago and I think that encluded postage.

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>Eileens
That's who I got the first lot from last Railex, so I am hoping my supply might last. I'll probably build a fruit can tonight, so that'll be another 40 grams gone.

>all of your Pictures have gone.
I'm seeing them here, but maybe they're cached on my machine?

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Very nice - it's one of the SR versions I think?

>Masokits sprung underframe and plenty of other added details
If I remember correctly, you're a P4 man? Would the under frame kit be suitable for OO and if so is there a website I can browse.

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Yes its P4 but can be built in EM or OO there is no web site to brouse but I did write an artice in Model Railway Journal 168 about building these underframes.

Here is a picture of an unpainted example, it takes me a couple of hours to get to this stage.

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Another nice looking model. Do I spy separate door handles on there?

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David (DWB) that is I have just noticed the gutter on the picture of your van can I surjest draw filling it smooth on both sides and then re fitting it with some evergreen plastic strip which should look allot nicer.

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Yes it has new handrails .3mm wire and door handles .45mm wire, I think it makes a big difference.

another view of the underside, I have built three of these SR vans now.

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>I have built three of these SR vans now.
Is that 3 of the same type, or one each of the 3 SR types that Parkside make?

>Gutter
Thanks for the suggestion Peter, I will think about it. The roof mouldings are probably the weakest part of the kit.

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