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Coach accessories

posted 23 Apr 2010, 06:18 by Doc Turner   [ updated 24 Apr 2010, 05:28 by Paul owlpool ]
I am constructing a rake of 5 Brandbright premier panelled coaches and have, for some reason, decided to build two simultaneously; the Directors' Saloon and the smallest four wheeled two compartment, second class.  It sounds daft but it works well because of the business of painting before assembly and waiting for things to dry and/or set. It also allows thinking time and I am learning some skills from the least important coach that are paying off for the bigger one.
You all realise that I know nothing about railways whatsoever. I'm just a modeller who has found this side of modelling very late in life. The downside of the ignorance is balanced by the upside of there being no taboos to me. I don't really want to create a layout or even a coach that makes the cognoscenti laugh out loud, but am not too worried about that that I am frozen into only modelling, for example, Ffestiniog between 8 am and 4 pm on the 12th of October 1936.
I normally don't do subtle nor understated. (No, Dai, really? I would never have guessed!) Therefore, I'd quite like to trick these coaches out with every bit of 'stuff' that I can get and Brandbright can supply a good range of all sorts. Trouble is to decide just exactly what, and there's the rub. I need the advice of those experienced about railways and maybe too, those who simply have an eye for what looks good. You see, I don't. My 'eye' is rubbish.

David here are two of mine showing some of the ways I have done this:

On this picture (not the best but the best one I have to hand), you can see the louvres above the doors, the vac pipe and the tail lamp. Also note the guard's ducket has been modified to match the panels on the main coach body. As it comes, it only has a single bead at the waist. (JSJ)

Door ventilator cowls are not a difficult decision. For me, louvred rather than plain and given that the interior detailing has the inside brass slidy bits, I can't see why they were not supplied with the kit anyway.
Vacuum pipes. I'm from Barcelona and i know nothing but I gather that all coaches ought to be linked this way. Are there any pitfalls I need to think about?
The roof. Ventilators or Lamp Tops? Now, I';m guessing that this is an era thing and that if I want to suggest my coaches are restored Victorian, they would have lamp tops ( but what sort?) and later, ventilators. Who can tell? Certainly not I.
The Directors' Saloon has  end picture windows which makes me think it ought to be coupled last, affording a view down the track. If this is the case, shouldn't it have a tail light?  Where and what sort?
I'd quite like to be able to remove the roof from time to time so I want an alternative fixing method other than glueing it down. Has  anyone found a good way of doing that with a Brandbright kit?

Roof bending method (this is actually the roof of the brass tourist open coach which uses GSM sides but the principle is the same (JSJ)

The tool of choice for heating the ply

Here are the formers. These were an experiment in using mdf but I have now switched back to ply. The longitudinal strips also provide rigidity in this case at the top of the brass sides but this is not necessary with the Brandbright coaches (JSJ)

If I must glue down the roof, I'd like to fit interior lighting, not least because of the interior detailing I am bothering with. It seems a pity to do all this and only have a minimal view through the windows.

JRinTawa's generic coaches based around brass etched sides from a GSM project.  If you click on the picture to load the full size picture you can just make out in the top corner of the end the brass pins that hold the roof on.  Note rain strips above the doors, two different patterns.  The tail lamp is from Brandbright.

I use plasticard - an L shaped piece stuck onto the underside of the roof [Paul owlpool]
1mm hole drilled through top dead centre end section and lug, and an accucraft hex head bolt tapped in - makes for easy removal
the steps are home-made
seen more easily pre painting