Thumpa,(So other forum members have an understanding, Bowen_Creek and I are good mates. It has been brought to my attention that my post may have come across a bit harsh. Let me asure all forum members it is in jest, Bowen_Creek is no way at the end of a rough stick )
Nice stuff. Couple of questions, did you weather this from photos or some where else? What year are you modelling? I guess the 80/90's via the wagon code but can you go more specific?
I made a mistake in over weathering some things because I got caught up in fun. I cant weather my hoppers to the extent you have here because I model early 70's and these hoppers weren't that bad for rust and so on.
Mr C. AKA Bowen Creek etc...
How DARE you question my authenticity! Just remember who rusted your corrigated iron sheeting in your creek bed??? One of a kind MATE!
Yes this wagon was weather as per a mid/late 1980's "black wheat hopper". If I may draw your attention to the walk way for a start. This is of square welded mesh walkway, which was used to replaced the wooden planks priory to the all round walkway which was retro fitted during the late 1980's / early 1990's for OH&S purposes. The four letter code was prior to the "check letter" being introduced in the wagon coding as well.
In gerneral it is well documented in colour pictures of "BWH" series of wheat hoppers in such weathered states of such poor condition in both book and internet.