Identify the brass etch top and bottom plate. Identify the cast wagon body. On the etch top plate there is a rebated section for the top plate panels. If soldering these panels to the top plate do it now. If using glue it can be done now or once its fixed to the body. Position the top plate on top of the body. The top plate is to be symmetrically positioned with the end over hang at the sides and front and rear. When satisfied glue. The bottom plate has fold lines to contour with the shape of the body. Fold at the lines to the shape required. This bottom plate is also required to be symmetrical over the body. Once satisfied glue. Along the sides of the body small dimples are located for the positioning of the lashing rings. Drill .5 or .6 mm holes insert the stump of the lashing ring and glue. Repeat. On the ends the are end panels to be placed. See above bottom left photograph. The positioning of the panel is directly under the top plate panel. Glue into position. Identify the gusset etches. The are two fold lines in each. Fold these at 90 degrees. The gussets are the positioned 1 mm in from each side of the front and back of the body. See above bottom left photograph. glue into position. The bellow photograph shows the trunnion pin. This pin is positioned in the centred position of the bearer on the bottom plate. Drill a 1 mm hole through the etch and into the cast. Take care not to drill to the top plate. Insert a 1mm rod and fasten. Repeat at other end.

Span Bolster


Cast Parts

Wagon Body

Span bolster body  x 2

Trunnion plate x 2

Brass Etch

Top and bottom plate panel

Span bolster panel

Lashing ring panel


Plastic Kd housing x 2

Wiskers type Kd is recommended for this kit. (Not supplied) Bogies not supplied.

Identify the body cast part. Identify the etch bottom plate. The cast body sits of the etch. Position the two parts so the end of the cast and the end of the etch are flush. The top right picture above is a good reference. The body is then positioned so it is symmetrical. There should be approx. 1.5 mm overhang all round the cast body. When satisfied with the position glue into position. Super glue.  Then identify the gussets. The location of the gusset is determined by the shape of the  bearer. The photographs show the angled gusset adjacent to the angled bearer. The same applies for the rectangular bearer.  Position all the gussets and when satisfied glue. There should be a spare gusset or two.

Identify the top plate and the headstock end. Identify the fold lines at the headstock end and carefully fold the headstock to 90 degrees. Identify the Kd housing plastic part. Some sanding of either the circular locator on the cast body or the Kd housing might be necessary. Adjust to make the Kd house flush with the top of the cast body part. When satisfied position the Kd and carefully glue into position making sure to not jeopardise the movement and swing of the Kd. Identify the bearers on the etch top plate. These require a small fold to sit adjacent on top of the bears on the cast body assembly. Position the top plate in the same manner as the bottom plate. Make the end of the cast and the etch flush and the remainder symmetrical. The headstock should sit adjacent to the Kd housing. When satisfied with the positioning glue.


Add bogies.


QS 1

The above link will show the modeller diagrams of the etches and will aid the identification of the parts.