FRC01 - FR2 Ton Iron Slate Wagon (Unbraked)
Introduced in the 1850s to reduce maintenance costs on the wagon fleet, this type quickly became the most numerous in use on the FR, the design remaining unchanged throughout their extensive lifespan.
The model features full undeframe detailing and an easy to build design of axlebox assembly . The boxes themselves are sold separately, use either Plain (AB01
) or Split (AB02
) Axleboxes to complete. Couplings are included in this model, which if painted used carefully are fully functional.
Any of the Slaters FR Wheels are suitable.
To assemble a wagon, begin by test fitting each axlebox in the respctive socket in the wagon underframe. If it is tight, a light stroke of a file on the front face of the axlebox 'plug' should be all that is required. Slater's wheel bearings simply press fit in the rear of the axlebox. Pop an axlebox on each end of an axle and press them into the wagon underframe, securing with the pins supplied with the axleboxes, or alternatively suitable hex headed scale hardware. You will fnd a light twist with a 1mm drill beneficial when using the supplied pins. That is all there is to it!
I particularly recommend printing in a processed plastic, particularly yllow or orange as any wear to the paint on the couplers will not show itself alarmingly. The grainy feel of the Nylon powder material is particularly good at representing old weathered iron, however it can be finished smooth by painting in high build primer followed by rubbing down with a fibreglass pencil for a smooth finish.