Saturday 22 March 2014

Dray 3

 Rear springs and axle on.
 The axles were shortened and pinpointed slightly before adding the wheels.

Although there is not much on the net on these vehicles or in the GWR road vehicles book which is very coy when it comes to the horse drawn stuff, there is a wealth of info in Nigel's LMS equivalent which gets almost anal about paint-date plates. Apart from lots of photos there is the nugget that during WW1 most of the railway vehicles were painted light grey and by the late 20's were in dark grey... splendid, that made my life a whole lot easier. I had visions of having to paint it like a pikey caravan. Instead I could rely on my oft used palette of Humbrol 67,27, 72 and 29 and a little metallic on the wheel rims. Now the 'orse...
PS may I draw you attention to Paul B's extra info below.


  1. The Midland bought a quantity of surplus grey paint after WW1, which was originally used for warships. This was mixed with black and the dregs of other paints to make a dark grey called 'smudge', which was used on wagons which had been repaired (but not new builds). So, if the same applied to road vehicles almost any shade of grey could be used. From 'Midland Wagons Vol. 1' by R.J. Essery.

    Nicely built and described. Is the 'orse moulded in a Damian Hirst stylee?

  2. I do have the Essery book, but, didn't think to look at it re horse drawn stuff.
    The 'orse is terrible. WIP