Sunday, May 14, 2017

Scratch-Built Open Wagons | 16mm Scale | #2

For this blog post, I'll be sharing some of the first batches of wooden open wagons I made out of balsa, and are each equipped with moving parts.

These are loosely based on small wagons of Gn15 miniature gauge rolling stock found on railways like the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, specifically used to carry coal for the locomotives or either spare ballast and sand from the local quarries. This batch was fun to make, and can be seen on many industrial sites on any industrial narrow gauge site.

After painting and weathering in acrylics, these wagons having their final details fitted, including working craft wire couplings and chains, and here are being tested with coal made from fish tank ballast.

They also feature working brake handles, made from rolled strips of cardstock rolled for a snug fit and glued, and a balsa grip. The bolts are from peelable craft gems sprayed in primer and blended in with the paint while weathering.

Having being assembled for a strong bond with white glue, these cars can hold any load easily, and are ready for the next train on the diorama!

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