Inspired by Albert's visit, Robert Handy of Wonder of Wood Ltd pulled out the stops and today delivered the side planks (sheeting in railway terminology) for the wagon body. Meanwhile I cracked on with giving the metal components a good coat of zinc phosphate paint, courtesy of Manor Paints.
This is how the wagon now looks, with its upper iron works ready to accept the side planks. This is the tippler end. The massive, and heavy, hinge is the horizontal piece on the top.
Just three of the 7 inch wide planks that will make up the wagon sides. They are made from hard wood, unlike the originals so should last for almost ever.