After finishing the detailing of the first Dapol milk wagon, I realised that the non-factory weathered wagons were a better bet for detailing than the weathered ones. I know the Dapol tank contains a multitude of sins, but unless I am willing to pay £30+ for a brass kit, which I am not sure I have the skills to complete, I am stuck with them! However, I think that with a bit of painting the wagon is a passable generic representation of a milk wagon.
The recently finished tanker on the right and the first attempt on the left.
So for this one I started off with a non-weathered version. I dismantled the wagon, fitted three link couplings and gave it a wash ready for painting. On the underframe I tried to pick out some details using rust, weathered black and white, blended in with some frame dirt and sleeper grime. On the wagon body I tried to run vertical streaks down the body, to give an impression of water running down the tank. This was all sealed up with a few coats of satin varnish before reassembly. I think this wagon looks much better than the first one, although a bit of variation in a rake is always a good thing. I have about 3 more to go, to enable a decent length milk train to be run - hopefully in time for the layouts next exhibition in November.
A class 25 on the mixed freight with the milk wagons at Charlton.