Nope, not the shuffling queue of hooded, hook nosed disciples heading to a convenient internet portal to join the weekly disembowelling of a toy train manufacturer, but an update on my Toad.
A year or so ago I started to look seriously at my brake van collection. The BR/WR vans were notable for their relative crude detailing compared to my other vans. I removed the handrails thinned the veranda sides and started to work out how to fit new handrails. The project then stalled, coming back to it, one of the reasons was that the handrail improvements wouldn’t be ‘enough’, the chassis could be better too.
So having built a replacement chassis, I’ve spent an evening or two fitting and fettling it to a Mainline, (today’s Bachmann) Toad. It has improved the overall look, and the running, but it takes a good deal of work to cut the floor away from the original chassis.
So this is a sort of test bed, and I’m already thinking of perhaps a revised build of the chassis area with the etch as the core structure.
The chunky footboards and their supports are now emphasised as indeed are the solebars, but feel this may be a useful refresher for me to scratch build replacement chassis components. There’s nothing available from the trade so to get the finesse I’d like I may have to roll the sleeves up and just do it myself. With four (at least) to do, this will serve as a prototype and jig builder for the batch needed. Thats enough modelling for now though, I’m late for the queue!
(NB any inspiration from Mr Jones may not be entirely accidental)
Very nice: does it run better through frogs?
Tick vg Mr Dunks! It does, I’ll arrange for you to come and see it soon
What chassis is that Mr P?
It’s from scalefour society Phil, can’t recall mfg
Apologies. Is it 4mm I have about four Toad body shells to put a chassis under.
The chassis is a Morgan Design one. They do a couple and all around £9.
Dart Castings / MJT do an etched replacement footboard for the toad and Model Railway Developments (MRD) do etched ‘flat’ handles. I’ve got one on my workbench at the moment.
Thank you, it is as you say a Morgan Design kit, they do the shorter wheelbase version too. I’ll look for the footboard etch, that sounds very useful. Thanks again, Paul