The Pickering brake van project has taken an unexpected turn.
Himself turned detective and discovered the Dundas body kit is a foot shorter than it is supposed to be.
On a whim he ordered the etch for the same carriage produced by Worsley Works, and when placed against each other it confirmed the earlier kit is longitudinally challenged.
Usually I expect we would overlook this - after all we model in a scale where the track gauge is 1mm too wide for our prototype - but when you factor in the other difficulties with this kit, such as the challenge of fixing in a floor and inserting an interior, it tips the balance.
Using the Worsley etches also means he can solder the roof in place and the floor can be kept removable.
Because neither 'kit' comes with bogies or an underframe it's not like we're creating any extra work for ourselves.
What we'll do with the redundant Dundas body we'll have to wait and see.