A happy new year one and all! With all the seasonal festivities over, I have managed to find some time to crack on with some modelling. This week I put the final coats of varnish on a GWR Python wagon, in service with the engineers dept. It really is a bit of a work of fiction, like the recently finished GWR Mink wagon. However, a little peruse of various internet websites shows some use of GWR trucks in the engineers fleet well into the 1970s/1980s and that is close enough for me.
The model was painted with Railmatch enamels via an airbrush, and finished with Modelmaster decals. It carries 3 link couplings, as per all my stock. Whilst I love the Parkside range of kits, I found this model to be a bit of a stinker to build. Whilst many of the Parkside kits literally fall together, I found this one trick to get square. The wheels are a bit tight, it runs ok but not brilliantly. However, it does add some further variety into the engineers train I am currently building, with a Mk1 in dept olive ready for its final coats of varnish over the coming days. Today I am also putting my class 45 back together and adding the DCC sound chip and speaker. So hopefully by the end of today I will have the class 45 operational again. I also managed to get the baseboard built for the first layout on the new station, so all in all some progress his week!