This article was published May 17, 2012.
Binnie Engineering is another manufacture of 16mm trains, I have got in contact with during my exploration of this scale. My first found was a short note on an old website badly updated. After I first saw it, I started to search around via google if they still existed and what they did except skip wagons. After a while I discovered they were very much alive, and Peter, who is behind this company, shortly sent me my first order of 4 skips and 3 pairs of bolster wagons. My first expression when I got my package, was WOW - Roco HOe skips in 16mm scale..., cool !!
I started to assemble one of the first skips right away. This was a brease, no problems at all. Peters kits differs a bit to Cooper Craft, if I compare in that manner, that his kits are much more sturdy and suitable for outdoor use, than Coopers wagons, which are more delicat, and with tiny parts which easily can break. At the same time, I do not feel that Peter has added more plastics than needed, there are still many details small in size.
If you want to get in contact with Peter, you can reach him on peter(dot)binnie(at)btinternet(dot)com. He will also setup a website shortly, there he will present his kits. I will add his site-address here when done.
These kits are also available in 45mm gauge and even if the skip is to small for 7/8in scale you can order just the frame and wheels for scratchbuilding for a smaller price.
This was my first wagon of this type I ever put together, but I still found it very easy. The plastic is of a very good quality and easy to work with, also takes epoxy well.
This wagon is a bit more tricky to assemble. Don't forget to check that the wheels move freely before you glue the axleboxes in place. At first I did sand them down with fine sandpaper, but it didn't work, so I did reform axles completely with my dremel to a sharp arrow in each end. With a drop of oil inside the boxes, they finally rolled nicely, even then blowing on them actually.
Binnie's slate wagon, LB diamond frame bogie and some fun personal variations on the Hudson skip frames. The prototype for this wagon is the wooden type from Festiniog rwy.
Lynton and Barnstable
LB diamond frame bogie. I have not weathered it completely, will do first when I know what to put on top.
Standard hudson Skip
This bucket is from Binnie also, I only added some strips to make it look more appealing.
In good Roy C Link style (but in 19mm scale), I made a fuel wagon out of a Hudson frame, some plastic pipe from my local hardware store and some plasticard and strips from evergreen..
In good Roy C Link style (but in 19mm scale), I made a peat wagon out of a Hudson frame, some plastic net from my local flower shop and some plasticard and strips from evergreen..
Just something to put cans and tools on...