Monday, 22 October 2012

A Two Z

The Z struts on the ends of the hoppers are one of the most distinctive features of the NG-Y wagons, and one of the trickiest bits to get right on a model too.

There are at least 5 angled cuts you've got to get precisely right on the 3 lengths of styrene channel which are bonded together to make up each of them.

Get any one of them wrong and at least 1 of the 4 points of contact with the hopper or the frame will be messed up.

It took me at least three attempts to get this one done to my satisfaction, and because they are handed - effectively a mirror image of each other - I am going to have to go though the trauma again to make a second one for the other side.


  1. Rob, excellent work. Also your DZ. Knowing the amount of work required for this, I am surprised, but glad, that you find the time to photograph and update your blog with the progress. Will you also make this wagon available for sale?
    Regards, Rainer

  2. Thanks for the compliments, Rainer. Yes, I will be producing a kit for these ballast wagons. I'm hoping to have them available in the New Year.