|The I P Engineering kit built, but still unpainted. Not my model, but an image from I P Engineering's website.|
|The complete kit laid out on the garden table.|
The kit is designed for the frames including wheelsets to be permanently glued to the body. That is not a design that appeals to me. I like my models to have the running gear and the body as separate parts. In 1:35 scale that has helped when servicing the models, doing repairs or replacing broken parts. I assume that approach will also prove helpful in 16 mm scale. Very little work produced an easy to disassemble model.
|Added wooden stop to enable the body to rest on the frames.|
|I made a hole for a bolt to enable the frames to be separated from the body. In the other end the buffer assembly keeps the frames firmly in place. Here the wheels' running surfaces have been masked off in preparation for priming.|
|Current status on the brake van. Size comparison with an in-progress Hudson skip.|