One of the first things I noticed was the four letter code for these wagons is NZFF (as I'm modelling the 1980's era, this is the code I'm going to model my completed wagons with). The interesting thing about that is the milk tank wagons modelled by SDS not so long ago also have the four letter code NZFF. I'm very curious as to why two different wagons would have the same code?
Also, the photo set I'm studying at the moment on Kieran Ryans "Australian Railway Detail photos" CD shows an MLV which, from what I can figure out is very similar to an MLK, it shows the van fitted with auto couplers, yet the buffers are still attached. Were the buffers taken off these wagons when the conversion to auto couplers was done?
Another thing that's been on my mind is I've got, is a mate who models "O" scale has a few MLV's in his rollingstock register and he has modelled them with a few openings in the bottom, with the explanation that these MLV's were fitted with milk tanks and a few of the bottom panels are missing so hoses can pass though the van and it can be loaded and unloaded easier. Was this done to any MLK vans and does anyone have any photos showing the locations of these missing panels so I can model it on my ones?
Last question is in the notes to the kit, it said that these wagons could be seen with 2CF boiges running underneath, would anyone have any idea which vans had this feature or have any photos of the vans with this type of bogie underneath?
Thank you in advance for your assistance