Fancied making a little scenic piece to go with the workshop scene. I searched around for something to add to the scene which wouldn't detract from the rolling stock, and would be typical to a small rural industry.
Whilst looking at autotrucks on the interweb, I found this little poppet.
For those not familiar with these wonderful vehicles, its a Martin Bonser autotruck, and hundreds have been made since the fifties for light industry and market garden use. I think I remember seeing one at an estate gardens once, or something similar anyway.
Right, out with the styrene, I think I' ll do an electric version with a rebuilt load bed for my maintenance staff to trundle around on.
Here's the bare bones. Just trying to get the overall shape right.
Now for the steering wheel. Not easy.
Turned up the front wheel from 80 thou styrene. Axle and bush from rod and stretched tube. Added a handbrake lever from the same stuff.
The rear wheels are styrene tube with a square of 30 thou in the centre. A small section of stretched tube in the centre.
Now for a spot of primer and paint. Preshade of Tamiya flat earth, light coat of darkened luftwaffe blue, postshade of lightened same. Wheels will be a flat red with MIG Europe dust collected in the nooks and crannies
Now for chipping and wear. Vallejo chocolate brown and panzer grey takes care of this. Various shade of grey and light tan used on the flat bed.
A little graphite here and there gives a nice worn metal finish.
I think that's about done. Funny little thing isn't it?
I love British industrial vehicles.
In Rust, I Trust.