Sunday, 30 March 2014

FD 4-wheel Louvre Van


A new model for March 2014 is an FD 4-wheel louvre van.  The FD vans were very common on the WAGR system, with a total of 1000 being built between 1953 and 1955.  Most of the class remained in use until the 1980's.  Refer to the WAGR Wagon Pages for more information on the prototype.

FD Models, unpainted and painted (except for the roof)

The model depicts the van in "as delivered" condition.  Various modifications were carried out during the life of the FD vans and Marbelup Models may produced later versions if there is sufficient demand.

The photo below, from Rail Heritage WA, shows an FD van in close to original condition.

The body of the FD has been printed in one piece.  The print orientation has been chosen to optimise the definition of the louvres, which will result in some visible stepping on the roof, which can be smoothed off by scraping and/or sanding.  As well, the modeller will be required to remove the support materials from the 3D printing process, and add various details such as handrails, from brass wire (not supplied) as well as W-irons, wheels and couplers.  For more information, please refer to the Construction Tips.

The expected price will be about $85 subject to exchange rate variations.