The specially commissioned Sugar COVHOPS have new tooling incorporated for the roof hatches and discharge pipes, together with a revised body/chassis alignment where required compared to previous releases. It was important to use photographic evidence for the actual wagons modelled as the discharge pipes are sometimes on the Catwalk side and sometimes on the Non Catwalk side - photographs showed they were only ever on one side of the wagon.
The wagons are coloured Ice Blue, also referred to as Arctic Blue by BR. The Blue on the Sugar COVHOPS has been matched to the British Standard colour reference for Ice Blue in the BR corporate manual. Whilst we think the livery is very attractive in pristine, there is no doubt it faded and weathered quickly. Most photographs available to us show the wagons towards the end of their working lives up to 14 years after paint was first applied. So to suit all tastes we are offering the wagons pristine, or with various degrees of weathering.
Extensive research was undertaken for each Sugar COVHOP wagon produced and new tooling was required to ensure the wagons had the correct roof hatches and discharge pipes in the correct location. In addition on some wagons the body has to be turned 180 degrees to align properly with the chassis.