Here’s an excellent idea for making panelled coach sides in small scales. I recall the tedious ‘fun’ I had marking out sides in my ‘OO’ and ‘EM’ days. This method may work well with the ‘craft cutter’ approach to cutting out panelling. I’ll follow up with a post on this, not wanting to steal the thunder of an excellent piece of modelling…..
I needed some early LSWR 4 wheel coaches to run on the ‘narrow’ gauge part of the layout. There are no kits available so it was down to scratch-building. I decided to build them in plasticard but use computer labels for the panelling. I initially scanned the plans from a book on LSWR coaches and reduced the scale to 3mm. I then printed out the sides and ends on an A4 label. This was then stuck to 20 thou plasticard and the panelling was cut round and peeled off and windows with drop-lights as necessary were cut out.
The body was then put together and the chassis made using etched W irons and Mansell wheels. The roof was made to fit after painting and the fitting of the glazing. The completed coach is shown below.
The thickness of the panelling is just right and the labels cut very neatly providing…
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