Open C This is built from the Chivers Finelines kit with an etched underframe, which is finer than the original. The wagon is built with DCIII brakes. It is finished in paints from a number of suppliers and hand lettered, since it is my experience that transfers are the wrong size to match the wagons. The livery is supposed to be immediately post WWI, before the change very early in the 1920s. It has no chain pockets. If it had them I expect that they were removed before this time, as a result of the other railway companies or the common user arrangements.
Another view of the Open C. The wagon is modelled empty, the load having been removed. There are 2 timbers left from the 'packing' and the sheet is tied up in the bottom of the wagon. I have supposed this was what was done. There is a second rope hanked up in the centre also. These are made in 0.008" p/b wire, because it is easier to form, and are blackened prior to fixing with cyano.
Ex-TVR Macaw F. This is actually a shot down 7mm Connoisseur Pocket Money kit which I picked up at the Warley Show. It was in a KRS headed pack, but I don't know if it is still available in this scale. It is pretty odd to build because you fold all the kerbrails and solebars as you would in 7mm. The nicest thing about it is you can see through the safety hoops for the brake rods! Again it is hand lettered because of the poor availability of scale transfers. These wagons were originally owned by the Taff Vale Railway, which handed over to the GWR around the time of the grouping.
Macaw B. This was a sponsorship project run by a member of the 2mm scale association as a one off. It is etched in nickel-silver, with nickel-silver wire for the brake rods and trussing. The buffers, bogies and other fittings are from the 2mm Association, and it runs on their 6mm spoked wheels. I make my own 3-link couplings from nickel-silver wire by a method published in the 2mm Magazine.
Gunpowder Van No. 16991. This is made from 2mm Association components, although the body is modified. The GPV was painted in this non-standard livery early in the last century and is looking rather tired after a long time without a repaint!
The GPV again, caught in the afternoon sun.