I decided to build a gondola from Don Winter.
When the kit arrived, I was really impressed by the quality of the parts and the laser cut wood.
I started by laminating the vertical bracing and then placing it into the mahogany frame pieces.
After the framing had dried, I put in the “door” boards.
When complete, this will appear as the twelve sets of doors that would drop down in real life.
This model is non-
The sides are made from nice thick mahogany strips.
I’ve decided to not paint the inside, but will just use “Weather-
Below you can see the almost completed inside -
There are a number of brass parts that come with the kit.
I really like using brass for the grab irons, as it is a lot stronger than the white metal castings.
Don provides some brass pins to fasten these to the sides, so there is a nice strong mechanical connection.
I used “Blacken-
Most of the castings are in place.
The hardest part was drilling the bearing supports -
I installed Accucraft couplers and built some coupler lift bars out of brass and chain.