Christmas Comes Early

Well not really, but it’s more acceptable title than “D’you wanna see my etchings ?” which was my first idea ! This lot dropped on the mat this week, having learnt that 247 was discontinuing carriage sides I helped Gary’s stock clearance along a little and ordered this lot:  photo DSCF70512_zpsb2fbcb52.jpg I sent some more of my pocket money in Bill Bedford’s direction too, there’s one of his Porthole BSKs there along with an LMS horsebox. The latter of course proves one of the Universal Laws of Railway Modelling, namely that an RTR version will be announced shortly after you’ve bought/built the kit. This lot, together with a couple of sets of Comet sides from the stockpile and a large pile of Airfix coaches, will form next year’s carriage building programme. The end result should hopefully be two complete prototypical sets for Newton Stewart formed BSK/CK/BSK and BSK/CK/BSK/SK along with a couple of spares, another two sets will be dependant on me getting hold of some Comet sides. The recent announcement by Andrew Hartshorne of Wizard Models is therefore very welcome news indeed.

I haven’t forgotten the very nice Bachmann and Hornby period 3 coaches in all this (even if at least one of those manufacturers appears to have), the etched sides will form sets where I’ve managed to pin down diagram numbers from the photos available. The RTR coaches will form generic sets, especially for the crimson/cream period where photographic evidence is less prolific; the intention being to avoid having etched sides and RTR in the same train.

I’d better get on and finish this year’s programme then !

6 thoughts on “Christmas Comes Early

  1. Didn’t know BillB did portholes – does the BSK have the welded “long” bodyside?

    My plan was to let RtR do the crimson/cream stock, but use brass for the easier-to-paint maroon stock.

    I’d also like to see the 5522 parts re-emerge onto the market – their ends easily surpass the Comet parts – there’s another stalled kit I have on the go!

    • Alas it doesn’t, it’s the same height as the Comet side so needs mounting 1mm lower and the gap filling at the top. (Not 1mm added to the bottom like I did on the last one !). It does have rectangular window ventilators though, unlike the square Comet ones. Both are correct for different batches but I specifically wanted rectangular ones for this. Bill has a few LMS sides, some on 28 days delivery (or thereabouts), some etched to order.

      I have one of 5522’s two-window open thirds in the pile too and it is rather nice. Some survived into maroon (just), but I’m tempted to do it in crimson and cream as a strengthener/excursion/because-I-fancied-one extra.

  2. Reblogged this on Max Stafford's Kennel and commented:
    Fellow Southern Scotland modeller, Stuart Porteous outlines his plans for creating another tranche of rolling stock. A creative and resourceful modeller, Stuart has produced some unique and lovely stuff. I recommend you follow his blog if rural Scottish railways and esoteric rolling stock flick your switch.

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