The hears van has always held a macabre fascination for people. Its origin is lost in the mists of time, it was once believed to have been built from an MkII Quarryman’s coach, the last information I had suggested it was completely unique. I last saw it at the WHR museum at Gelerts farm. The model is built from card following the Borham/Newham method, and has been shellacked to seal it. The urns are white metal castings. The wheels are a pair I had given to me by the Late DF Newman. The intent is to run this vehicle to commemorate the passing of significant persons.
Built primarily as a bit of a joke, as Perth has never had any snow, and secondly to have some fun with weathering techniques that I wanted to experiment with. Construction is plastic card and weathering is as described in Martin Welche’s book - The art of weathering.
Our latest wagon, a simple open wagon, that wood parts are all cut by Laser by Triassic model works, the axleboxes are from the Binne Engineering catalogue, the cornour plates are my own castings the remander of the castings are P&J Models. Lettering is by Mapping pen and Windsor and Newton inks.
Our first breakvan NoB401 built from individual bass wood planks, a P&J figure and components. It features fully operational 8 shoe clasp break gear, it’s a bit of a fiddle getting everything to line up. I was lucky enough to win the 16mm Model of the year with it in 2003 (Rolling stock category)
A Bogie wagon was built next; this differed as the sides were built from single pieces of bass wood then scribed to represent planks. Iron work was made from brass section the couplings and bogies are mine cast by Gramodels.
Our covered vans, plank construction and axleboxes by GRS, break gear by P&J models. Couplings are my own castings from Gramodels and are sprung. Weathering lift these vans in my view.
Our third freelance open wagon this one has been fitted with a brick load which is very heavy, once again plank construction and axleboxes and couplings by GRS. Hand lettering is very evident on this wagon.
Our second model, a pair of open wagons, this time with lots of rivets! Again plank construction and axleboxes and couplings by GRS I painted and hand lettered the wagon which is very satisfying.
Our very first wagon. Built from individual wooden planks, wheels couplings and axleboxes courtesy of Garden Railway specialists.