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 Posted: Sun Jun 12th, 2011 08:26 pm
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I have recently added coal loads to my HEA's. Each load only takes about 30 mins and gives a pleasing result. He is how I did it 

Materials used:

*Parkside Dundas HEA plastic wagon load ( I bought 5 for a £1 at the Bristol exhibition)

*1 packet of Woodland Scenics Coarse Cinders

* 1 packet of Woodland Scenics Fine Cinders

* PVA glue

 

Here are the bags of coarse & fine cinders with a plastic load.




Mainline blue HEA ready to have its load fitted.




Fit the plastic load into the wagon, I had to trim each edge in order to get the load to sit down in the wagon. Don't force the load down, when fitted it will sit on the two up rights on the sides of the wagon.




I then put a small amount of the coarse cinders in a pot, with a small piece of folded card I gently sprinkled the coarse cinders over the plastic load. Make sure you cover all the plastic load, as seen below. At this point you don't want to start moving the wagon around.




I then put a small amount of the fine cinders in a pot and with the small piece of folded card I gently sprinkled the fine cinders over the coarse cinders. You only need a light covering as seen below. I wanted to create the mixed coal effect (coal & dust mixed).




 

Now mix PVA glue & water to a ratio of 50/50, add a drop of washing up liquid and mix. The washing up liquid will help break the surface tension allowing the glue to flow easier. I then used a small pipette to drop glue on the load, squeeze the pipette gently to drop small drops. I covered the load in glue as seen below. Don't worry as the glue will dry clear. I left the wagon to dry over night.




 

Here is the wagon after the glue has dried. As you can see the fine cinders tone the load down. I used the woodlands scenics cinders as I thought they looked the part but you can do the same with what ever you decide to use for your coal.




Here is the wagon side on




I have completed five wagons now and am pleased with the results. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me

Happy Modeling

Andy

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They look great was the graffiti all ready on the wagon or did you do it your self?.

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Very good result, Andy.
Probably didn't need to buy the pre-formed 'load' as a piece of plasticard would have done the job.
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 Posted: Sun Jun 19th, 2011 08:23 pm
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Here is the completed rake, the graffiti was already on the wagons form new. Just need a good weathering now.










 

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 Posted: Tue Jun 21st, 2011 01:17 pm
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Do you find the wagons are now 'top heavy' ?
Also, with a wagon that long, would the contents have been loaded from more than one silo at a time, hence giving two heaps ?
(Only asking, not sure about this)
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