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Old 15-05-2018, 08:58 PM   #1
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Default For the worse plastic kit I ever bought the prize goes to:-

The Cooper Craft GWR 4 wheel Platform Trolley (x3) Kit No. 2006

I've built many plastic kits in the past in both 00 and N gauges and though some have created some challenges (I am 73 after all!) I have never come across such a poor example as this one. I bought it some time ago (can't remember where or when though would have been in last 3 years) and cant remember what I paid for it.

I'd like to start with the positives, but so far I haven't found any and so to the negatives:

The so-called instructions (see photo) tell you what to glue when and where. Problem is there is no exploded diagram or numbers on the sprue to help. So it takes a while to work out what goes where. There is a single line drawing on the packet and that is it.

But the really bad thing is the condition of the moulding. It is one of those examples where the two halves of the moulding have not been lined up correctly so the whole sprue is about 1mm out - don't sound much till you want to push a 3mm wheel onto the end of the axle! Also, whether the misalignment is the cause of the problem I don't know but the flashing left is bad, bad, bad - look at the photo around the wheel on the left hand side.

I have started to try and make a half decent model with one of the 3 trolleys and will add a photo later if I find it's worthy of escaping the bin. In the mean time if anyone wants the remaining two I'll gladly send them to you.
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Old 16-05-2018, 12:30 AM   #2
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You have a challenge. With some care I am sure that the kit can be made to look good but whether it is worth it is another matter. As you have retired time costs nothing but for others that may not be the case.

Thanks for the offer of your discards but I do not want the leftovers, I have other kits which I have never had the time to assemble.

Enjoy your assembling.
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Old 17-05-2018, 11:45 PM   #3
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Default My worst kit

My worst kit was a coppercraft mailcoach observation car. It was like yours parts were out of line and loads of flash to trim. worst of all was the sides molding them in clear plastic daft in my view
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Old 18-05-2018, 12:13 AM   #4
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I have a few kits I've not made as yet which have been sitting in my drawer for ages! Resin kits. What you describe as things not matching up. Is annoying. Resin is similar but different. With plastic, I think of a kit as parts that need assembling. With resin I think of them as castings (Which they are) where each casting needs to be worked on before they are ready to fit the rest of the kit. They are easy to work on though, so its not much of an issue. I enjoy it!
The issue with plastic not lining up is if one files the kit so the excess is made square with the rest, one could be resizing the whole structure to be a smaller part. The axle parts certainly will be a challenge! I hope you are able to carefully "Fettle" things to get it all to work.
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Old 20-05-2018, 06:49 PM   #5
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Well I finished it. Don't look too bad from a distance (like the other side of the room!). Can't say I'll be investing in any more Cooper Craft kits based on this example. Still got a couple unmade if anyone interested FOC (UK only please)

N.B. Milk churns not part of the kit.
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Old 20-05-2018, 07:04 PM   #6
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I think it looks fine.
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Very nice! Do the wheels turn?
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Very nice! Do the wheels turn?
They are not even on an axle, just glued to where the axle should be, so the answer is a definite no
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I think it looks fine.
Thank you Brian. I believe Specsavers have an offer on atm
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Ha ha Iíll go and have a look, if I can find them.

You made a good job of making it look OK.
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