Many years ago, our model railway club built a Thomas the Tank engine layout to take to shows. At the time, the Hornby range of stock was very limited, basically Thomas and Percy.We wanted all the other characters and so our merry band of finescale modellers set to and converted other RTR models until we had a pretty complete set.
Most of the rolling stock was easy. Add painted faces and the job was done.
However, Thomas's coaches, Annie and Clarabel demanded a little more work. They are as important in the series as some of the locomotives, so Keith made a special effort.
Repainting a pair of Triang suburban coaches brown and then handing them to master painter John Webb to add faces, the result was a pretty good looking set.
This didn't always go down too well with the children. "They are the wrong coaches" they would cry.
You see, in the books, Annie and Clarabel are bogie coaches. On the TV, they are 4 wheelers. Hornby modelled the later. We, being schooled in this stuff before the pesky telly show appeared, knew them to have 8 wheels rather than 4.
So that's what we modelled. Very literate us railway modellers.