44211/4520 approaches Killawarra in 2010

44211/4520 approaches Killawarra in 2010

Monday, 13 June 2011

WBAX

Hi Again,

I have been busy of late working on stuff that I have here for others. I have had some stuff here for quite some time and for what ever reason have not got it done. So now that I am Married to my beautiful wife Amanda and things are settling down a bit it is time to get in and get some stuff out of the way. Anyway here is a shot of a model that I completed a couple of years ago.

This is a Broad Gauge Bodies WBAX that a friend gave me. It had a really bad bow in the body and needed lots of work. So I went about trying to pull the body apart so I could straighten the sides. This was a bit of a disaster, One of the sides shattered into about 5 pieces. The roof didn't fair too well also. Anyway it sat in the spare box for a little while until one day at an exhibition I come across some old US outline box cars in a second hand stall. The roof on these cars looked to have the similiar pressing pattern as the flat roofed WBAX so I grabbed them for $5.00 ea in hope that I maybe able to use them for the project. When  I got home I examined some photo's that I had and the roofs were about as close as I was ever going to find.

The project was under way. I pieced back the shattered side as good as I could glued it all back together so only the roof remained. I then went about cutting roofs off the US cars. Both roofs had to be used for the job as they were 40 ft cars. I had to cut them down the center line. US cars are a lot wider so to narrow the roof I took it out of the center to leave the rivet line on the out side of the roof. It took lots of fiddling and filling to get the result I was after. The main thing that may be at fault is My Van only has 16 roof panels where the Prototype has 17 panels but I can live with that for now. After a bit of paint and a fair weathering job the finished result I think is a reasonable representation of one of these flat roofed WBAX Vans. I am pretty sure we will see these Vans RTR one day so when that happens I am sure I will enjoy adding more to my roster. The flat roofed Vans were pretty rare for my era up here on the coast but there plenty of the high roofed ones getting around right up till about 1996/7.

Cheers Justin Moy    

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