As part of what is becoming known as Project 77, I have turned out the first of what promises to be a fair few 16t mineral wagons in battered and careworn 1970s condition.
I experimented with some new elements with this pair and whilst I’m not 100% happy with the result it does have promise for further development. If nothing else it should broaden my skills base since I’ve not focused so closely on wagon effects up to now.
The base model is Bachmann’s and they are helpfully offering the version without top-flap doors right now even though the catalogue liveries are incorrect for this version. That point is academic for our purposes here since the wagons are re-liveried. The brake gear is also modified and the area behind the axleguards modified to accommodate EM wheelsets.
It’s a start anyway!