Produced in collaboration with Will Curry, this latest laser cut kit represents ‘Carriage 20’, with two central, ‘First Class Compartments’, enclosed with full height partitions, flanked at each end by two third class’ separated by half height partitions. The kit illustrated, depicts the vehicle turned out in the 1920s green livery, with the sole-bar covers in place as it is seen on the FR today.
However, the wooden sole-bar covers were removed for much of the latter half of the 20th Century as an aid to maintenance. For those wishing to represent this period, all of our ‘Bowsider’ kits can be supplied with an alternative ‘open sole-bar’ on request. This arrangement is illustrated here using a photograph of ‘Carriage 19’ turned out in the red and cream ‘Mountain Prince’ livery.
Given the need to provide for the eponymous ‘bow-sides’, this kit will only be available in plywood. As per prototype, the floors are raised at both ends, in order to accommodate the bogies mounted below. On 32mm gauge there is room for the bogies to rotate adequately to allow the carriage to negotiate a 2ft 6in radius curve (although the body cuts a substantial chord in the process). At present I am unsure what the constraints would be for 45mm gauge; so, if anyone running on 45mm gauge would be interested in a kit then please contact me and I will look into the possibilities.
The kit also includes, 3D printed representations of the distinctive Balcony Rails, Door Handles and Grab handles. As standard the kit also includes ‘SLR Models’ 3D printed ‘Door Buffers’ and ‘Door Lock Covers’, all of which are manufactured here in the UK. Despite their fine appearance these are surprisingly strong components, especially once mounted in position and will easily stand respectful handling.
Other features of this kit are individually glazed panels with droplight frames / and or window beading in full relief. Interior panel detail is supplied in full, but the upholstery is left to the builder’s discretion; a suggested ‘fit-out’ is depicted in the accompanying photographs. Prototypical profile bogies, complete with steel wheelsets and bronze bearings are supplied as standard.
Upholstered seat coverings are not provided, but are shown here as a suggested method for fitting out the compartments.
Whilst the kit is not supplied with couplings, a choice of headstocks are available to suit either ‘Accucraft Chopper Couplings’, affixed from behind the headstock (as depicted) or a plain headstock to accept plain buffer couplings.
The lettering illustrated here, as well as other prototypically suitable decals is available separately from ‘Endon Valley Custom Transfers’.
At present it is planned that the first kits will be available for dispatch in early July and then within our usual 28 days thereafter.
- 16mm Scale Laser Cut, Plywood Kit
- Proven, hidden slot and tab construction to aid accurate assembly
- Option for different Sole-Bar arrangements depending on era modelled.
- Panelled interior detail
- Individual glazing panels, complete with droplights and exterior window beading modelled in full relief
- 3D printed Door Handles, Door Stops, Door Lock Covers, Grab Rails and Balcony Rails
- Includes 'FR style' Plate Frame Bogies', complete with steel wheelsets in 32mm gauge as well as suitable bearings.
- Does not include couplings, vacuum pipes or lettering.
L: 555mm (Over Headstock)
W: 95mm (body)
H: 125mm above railhead
PLY: £130.00 Plus Postage
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