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A Parkside Dundas kit of a GWR 'Mink D' Goods Van after assembly and a coat of BR Carmine courtesy of Halfords Ford Venetian Red. Obviously this wagon is not yet finished should anyone ask, the roof needs painting grey, the underframe black, then numbering, couplings and the all important weathering.
Parkside Dundas kits are mostly a joy to assemble, with little flash and carving required to get them to fit together, with the basic assembly taking about an hour. However in this kit for some reason the brake shoe legs or arms or whatever they're called are about 3mm too short, so a little shim of plastic card was bonded to the underside of the chassis behind the solebars so the shoes hang at the correct height in relation to the wheels. Some of the chassis detail is supplied as thin plastic rod which will last about 3 minutes in the real world, so that was replaced with some suitable brass wire for added strength and fidelity.
Historically to be totally accurate, it's touch and go as to whether this type of GWR Mink D lasted into the BR era, though the similar looking later designs did. Of course in Nevardland I don't worry about bending time ever so slightly, and anyway, the only people that might get upset probably have squeaky voices and are generally not the sort I'd be comfortable introducing to my wife or 'normal' friends .......