Saturday, 15 October 2011

Brakes

One of my pet peeves with larger scale narrow gauge is brake gear. Yes it it more tucked away than on standard gauge stuff, but if you are using a RTR chassis at least chop the existing stuff off and leave alone or add something simple and narrow gaugey. To this end with the PECO van: the Hornby chassis has been chopped right back and a 15 thou solebar overlay has been added with a few representational bolt heads from strip. Simple brake gear added - mainly from the left-over sprue from Unnycoome's station kit - just a vertical pivot post, lever, crank and shoe and the pin bracket. Mostly inspired, funnily enough, from a Hull and Barnsley standard gauge open in Peter Tatlow's LNER wagon book, but the Southwold and W&L used similar arrangements.

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