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The drop-lights would not have originally been so much crimson as mahogany and would probably, under many layers of varnish, darkened even more over the years. Painting the drop-lights is not actually that difficult - just don't overload the brush. It helps if you dismantle the coach and remove the glazing first. This is easy on the older clerestories but I do not know whether Hornby has changed the way in which they are now fixed together [ie. glued or just screwed].

The coach is not 100% accurate as has been pointed out, but with the addition of one further compartment and some correct bogies, it can be made to look quite prototypical.

These coaches are valuable fodder for plastic surgeons as, with a little care, all sorts of moderately accurate variations can be made from them. Whilst they have been reissued recently by Hornby, fortunately, older and very much cheaper editions appear regularly on eBay.

Have a look here for some variations on the Triang theme. These were all really straightforward conversions:

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