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4mm Coal Wagon, A Step By Step Guide

John Hayes    154 pages    Softback    1999

This is a very good modelling book, covering every step and method of representing this most ubiquitous of British wagons in 4mm scale. The photographs and diagrams really could not be any better, and the resulting models are miniature works of art. The author has achieved much more though, producing a wonderful pictorial record of these wagons in service, and showing particularly well the state of private owner wagons after pooling and nationalisation. This is one of the best books that Wild Swan have ever produced - and they are all good.

The 4mm Wagon Part One

Geoff Kent    86 pages    Softback    1991

Covering open, mineral and hopper wagons, this book is up to the usual high Wild Swan standards. Apart from being useful for modellers, it contains a wealth of fascinating views of this neglected aspect of railway operation. Reprinted in November 2008. I had forgotten how very good the opening chapter on generalities was, very clear pictures and explanation of the differing types of brakegear being a particular strongpoint.

The 4mm Wagon Part Three

Geoff Kent    160 pages    Softback    2004

The third and final part of a trilogy covering conflats, containers, wagons for long loads and brake vans. Apart from featuring some key brake van designs in excellent detail, I think this is the best book of the three - and the first two were both very good. This final volume also sets out to cover various finishing touches and features numerous excellent photographs of details that whilst of great importance to the modeller are rarely seen. I predict that this will be one of Wild Swan's fastest selling books, highly recommended to 4mm modellers of nearly all persuasions.

The 4mm Wagon Part Two

Geoff Kent    162 pages    Softback    1995

An excellent modelling reference book, liberally illustrated with photographs of the prototype and with a lot of interesting history of freight movement before the days og juggernauts and motorways. A beautiful colour photograph of loading vans at Aberdeen on the covers highlights just how such things hace changed, Iwonder what this scene looks like now? The work shown is easily achievable, with much of the modelling based around easily built kits. Basic underframe work is covered in part one, still available, see entry in list.