Thursday, August 22, 2019
Building a Binnie skip wagon
Looking for projects to build at the Hornby Open Weekend, I found a Binnie skip wagon kit in the stash. These are classic models, and I don't think I've ever actually built one - so a chance to give it a go and entertain the public.
The body parts are moulded in very hard plastic. Wheels and axleboxes are glass-filled nylon and the axles are steel. The kit itself is a steal at £14, although mine is so old the packaging says £7. That's a lot of wagon for your money.
Despite the bargain price, the parts are free from flash. All the modeller has to do is remove the marks left by the runners where the plastic is injected into the mould. A bit of knife and file action quickly sorts this out.
The wheels need to be slid on to the axles and set to a back to back of 28mm. Obviously, as a fine-scale modeller, I'm using a calliper, but a ruler would be fine as you don't need to be accurate to fractions of a millimetre in this scale.
Incidentally, if anyone knows where I can get another calliper like this, please let me know. I don't like the readily available digital versions as the battery always seems to be flat.
Assembly just needs plastic cement and solvent. Although there aren't any location aids, the rivet heads nearly do the job so you can't go far wrong as long as you pay attention and get the top support the right way up.
The support on the one-piece skip body fits into locating holes and allows for tipping. Most people stick them in place as you don't want them falling off in a derailment.
Job done. I reckon about 20 minutes would be enough time to build one of these. Less if batch building one you are in the swing of things. I took a day but that's because I spent most of the time chatting, and to be honest, there's no point in rushing these jobs. When a kit is as good as this, take your time and enjoy it.