Sunday, 6 April 2014

WW1 General Service Wagon

The bodies of the GS wagons are now basically complete.   Some minor detailing still has to be done but the bulk of work is done.   
The seats were made up using the spring castings described in the previous post, styrene strip and sheet and brass strip for the seat back supports.   Fine brass wire was also used for the arm rails on the seats.
Once these sub assemblies were made up, they were then attached to the wagon bodies.

The rakes or hungry boards were constructed next.   I was originally going to cast up the brackets used to support the rails of the rakes but ended up making the 16 required by hand from sheet styrene.   This did not take as long as I thought it would, the NWSL Chopper again proving it's worth.   These brackets were then attached to the wagon sides.

The rails were then added to the brackets, making sure they were parallel and evenly spaced.
Finally the brake handles were made up from thick copper wire which was hammered and filed into shape.   The brake handle holders were made up from styrene strip and sheet.

Some of you may have noticed that the seats seem to be a little higher than what is normally modelled on GS Wagons.   This is because most GS Wagons seen now, both in model form and reconstructed/preserved, are the Mk 10 version.    My models are of the Mk 7, which was used in the late 1800's.   I guess at a pinch they could be used for WW1 but are suitable for the Boer War and Colonial Wars in general.

In the next post I hope to deal with the horses, bases and painting.