A New Flush Glaze Project – Grafar Suburban Coaches

Some of the earliest posts on this blog looked at a Flush Glaze project to improve Bachmann Bulleid coaches.  Ready installed Flush Glazing on ready to run models is a fairly modern phenomenon and in my eyes really makes a significant visual difference to the appearance of models.  Although not quite as effective as the pre-flush-glazed stock of modern manufacturers; it is possible to improve older models by installing it yourself.  It takes time and patience, but is rewarding in the end and although time consuming it is at least fairly simple.  South East Finecast are a manufacturer best known for their locomotive kits, but they also produce a large range of flush glaze kits for a fair number of makes and types of stock.

Today’s project is improving a Grafar suburban carriage using an SE82 flush glaze kit from South East Finecast.  Grafar, or Graham Farish, produced a few 00 scale items for a short time; before they turned their full attention to N scale.  Their 00 scale products were reasonable without being spectacular and included a surprisingly well-finished olive green Southern stock.  These included some suburban carriages and although these were loosely based on LMS period 2 suburban stock, they are as yet quite unique in being Southern liveried non-corridor stock; and for that reason I purchased a couple of carriages.

The picture above shows the recessed glazing of the original carriages.  This had to go!  Removing the roof is very easy; just pulling up gently does the trick.  The original glazing is easy to prize off from inside of the carriage.  Note – I had painted the seats of this model some time ago; hence the bright colours!

Fitting the glazing is an arduous task of cutting each window out from the supplied sheet, leaving around a 1 mm rim and then manually inserting them into the window frames.  The you need to fix them in place with glue.  Using Deluxe Materials glue ‘N’ Glaze to fix them in place is advisable, as it drys clear, so there’s less need to worry if you fail to notice an unfortunate drop of the stuff landing where it shouldn’t.

The finished windows are shown above – hopefully you’ll agree that they are a marked improvement on the original glazing!  I shall be doing the same to the composite version at a later date, but for now the 3rd brake has been put into service at the yard.