So it was with a utilitarian feel I worked on some ideas for a break van with a rear balcony, enclosed by small gates, a door would allow access to the main body of the van for the guards, it would have sliding side doors as I though it may be interesting in some cases to show the inside of the van. I decided to make it possible to remove the side doors and refit them in an open position to show something going on inside.
To keep the guards happy with some warmth in winter or just for making the odd pot of tea a small oil stove was added to one corner.
Like most of my first prototypes I used a Peco 9’ wagon chassis and changed the couplings to the Greenwich type, this works well when Frosted Ultra-Detail is used to 3D print the body of the van.
On later prototypes I added a chassis directly to the van and printed it in Strong White & Flexible polished, allow not giving as much clarity in the detail, looks good enough when painted and aged to pass relatively close inspection. This works well with 6.2mm metal spoked wheels from Parkside Dundas. http://www.parksidedundas.co.uk/acatalog/N_G_WHEELS.html
A small amount of lead ballast was also added to the van between the wheels, this helps to balance the van making it less top heavy.
I made the rear lamp in bulk some time ago, using white 1 mm thick plasticard rectangles to form a 3 x 2 x 2mm block and then added a 2mm diameter disk on top, for the lenses I used a small 2mm red rhinestone. These are available from bead and jewellery suppliers on eBay.
If you would like to obtain a copy of the 3D print it is available at. https://www.shapeways.com/product/4Q3SJ8729/009-g-v-r-brake-van?li=shop-results&optionId=57962836