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Peckett W4 No. 883. Step 9.

Posted by Mick Bonwick , 15 October 2018 - - - - - - · 374 views

Final step. Some Mig Productions Dark Mud has been added to the firebox sides that show through the frames under the cab to represent the rusty state of that area, but it's difficult to see in photographs. The whole locomotive has been subjected to cleaning up and running tests to make sure that all pickup surfaces are clear of paint. This is achieved by...


Peckett W4 No. 883. Step 8.

Posted by Mick Bonwick , 12 October 2018 - - - - - - · 251 views

To represent soot and other associated grime that falls on horizontal surfaces, I have used Mig Productions Black Smoke pigment, applied with a filbert brush, where appropriate. This means cab roof, top of boiler, running plate, tool boxes, etc. The previous layer of Black Night PLW has helped this pigment to 'stick' to these surfaces. 
I hav...


Peckett W4 No. 883. Step 7.

Posted by Mick Bonwick , 11 October 2018 - - - - - - · 292 views

Areas like the chimney, cab roof, firebox door, pipes and running plate will be dirty to some degree, even on a well-maintained locomotive. For this subject I have prepared these surfaces with some brush-on AMMO by mig Panel Line Wash (PLW) Black Night. This fluid is a very thin enamel paint, basically, and has a very small content of pigment compared wit...


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Posted by Mick Bonwick , 09 October 2018 - - - - - - · 283 views

D3721 and Peckett No. 883 will be at the Hornby Magazine Great Electric Train Show this weekend, so if you plan on going, come and see how/if they differ from the photographs. 
Look for a bloke doing weathering demonstrations. Point and snigger all you like, he won't mind He'll have his back to you. :)


Peckett W4 No. 883. Step 7.

Posted by Mick Bonwick , 09 October 2018 - - - - - - · 269 views

The saddle tank on this model is a hefty lump of metal, but still well detailed. In order to emphasise the uneven surface of the tank, I have used T-Cut applied with small cotton swabs to create the shine. Yet again, only small quantities have been applied, and the result is a nicely subdued shine that has proved extremely difficult to photograph successf...


Peckett W4 No. 883. Step 6.

Posted by Mick Bonwick , 08 October 2018 - - - - - - · 311 views

The paint finish on this model as supplied is very good, but satin. The idea with the weathering to be done is to present a well looked after locomotive, so the satin finish needs to be altered to a shiny one, but not uniformly so. The cab sides and bunker have been polished with a gentle application of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) on a Tamiya cotton swab. The...


Peckett W4 No. 883. Step 5.

Posted by Mick Bonwick , 07 October 2018 - - - - - - · 263 views

It's all been left to dry properly for 36 hours. To represent well worn but properly maintained underparts, a layer of AK Interactive Fresh Engine Oil has been brushed onto the rods and wheels. This fluid has some strange characteristics in that it will react with not-quite-dry enamels and make them wrinkly (maybe I should not get quite so close to t...


Peckett W4 No. 883. Step 4.

Posted by Mick Bonwick , 06 October 2018 - - - - - - · 299 views

With the model still in its foam cradle I have airbrushed some more Sleeper Grime onto the buffer beams. I left it to dry for 15-20 minutes (time for a coffee) and then started to remove the paint with a damp brush. The brush is not dampened by dipping it into thinners, but by placing a couple of drops of thinners onto the bristles with a disposable pipet...


Peckett W4 No. 883. Step 3.

Posted by Mick Bonwick , 05 October 2018 - - - - - - · 295 views

Further paint is removed so that the wheels can be shown as relatively clean but oily. The brush was dipped in white spirit and the wheels turned by faithful PP9 battery. 
At a later stage the wheels and motion will be treated with a fluid that gives a wet, oily appearance, but the white spirit needs to be given time to evaporate completely. 


Peckett W4 No. 883. Step 2.

Posted by Mick Bonwick , 04 October 2018 - - - - - - · 375 views

Now to remove some of the paint applied to the motion and wheels. Remembering the intended clean state of this loco, the coupling and connecting rods will be portrayed as 'wiped clean'. The sleeper grime thus needs to be removed from the areas where that wiping would have taken place, so some clean white spirit was applied with a small brush and rubbed ge...


Peckett W4 No. 883. Step 1.

Posted by Mick Bonwick , 03 October 2018 - - - - - - · 368 views

In much the same way as D3721 was started, the loco is upside down in a foam cradle and has been airbrushed with Railmatch Sleeper Grime, the enamel version. The wheels were rotated 1/4 turn after each light spray so that there were no shadow areas behind wheels or motion. This process also helps the pickup wipers to clear the wet paint from the rear of...


Peckett W4 No. 883. Preparation.

Posted by Mick Bonwick , 02 October 2018 - - - - - - · 281 views

The whistle on the cab roof is very fragile and particularly vulnerable. There will be a lot of work to be done with the locomotive upside down, so some sort of protection is going to be needed. I just happened to have some blue coloured sticky stuff available, so I've used that to provide some protection. 
Something that must be done before...


Peckett W4 No. 883. More preamble.

Posted by Mick Bonwick , 01 October 2018 - - - - - - · 311 views

After searching at least 10 books for usable photographs I have managed to find a few that allow me to establish which parts of a cared for locomotive are cleaner than the rest. I thought that Gordon Edgar's wonderful books would help, but subsequently realised that a lot of the photographs that might have helped were re-touched black and white ones. Note...


Peckett W4 No. 883. Temporary Diversion.

Posted by Mick Bonwick , 25 September 2018 - - - - - - · 409 views

Before starting work on this locomotive I decided to remove the rather large supplied couplings. My original intention was to simply have no couplings at all, but then I noticed that there is a coupling hook on both buffer beams, albeit grossly over scale. A delve into a box labelled 'Couplings', that hasn't been opened for years (because it contains, mai...


Peckett W4 No. 883. Research.

Posted by Mick Bonwick , 25 September 2018 - - - - - - · 173 views

Before starting on any weathering task, I look for photographs of the intended subject so that I can determine what needs to be done. It's not always possible to find the right condition at the right time in the subject's life, but a combination can usually be found that gives enough information. 
Three opinions have been given on how this model shou...


Peckett W4 No. 883. Introduction.

Posted by Mick Bonwick , 23 September 2018 - - - - - - · 356 views

A casual enquiry at Scaleforum this weekend has brought forward the idea of working on one of Hornby's Peckett W4 models. What do you think should be tackled? Looked after or neglected? 


Set 732. Summary.

Posted by Mick Bonwick , 12 September 2018 - - - - - - · 407 views

A coat or two of Railmatch Frame Dirt mixed with Weathered Black has been airbrushed over the ends of each coach, graduating the colour from darker at the top to lighter at the bottom. No tiger stripes, just a gradual change of tone. 
All but finished now, just remains to add some lighter colouring to the footboards where feet fall. I'll use MIG Prod...


Set 732. Step 6.

Posted by Mick Bonwick , 10 September 2018 - - - - - - · 339 views

The roof has been airbrushed with a mixture of Railmatch Weathered Black and Roof Dirt to represent a well-used example. Care was taken to avoid paintless shadows behind the torpedo vents by painting those areas first. Only once the vents and surrounding roof were painted did the process move on to the remainder of the roof. 
If airbrushing the roof...


Set 732. Step 5.

Posted by Mick Bonwick , 09 September 2018 - - - - - - · 342 views

When the whole underframe had been airbrushed it looked too pale, so I added some Railmatch Weathered Black to the mixture and airbrushed a thin coat of the new colour combination over the top of the previous layer. In this photograph you ought to be able to see that the left hand end of the chassis looks a bit darker than the right hand end, which has ye...


Set 732. Step 4

Posted by Mick Bonwick , 05 September 2018 - - - - - - · 330 views

A recycled piece of protective foam strip from a worktop is used while airbrushing the underframe. This helps access to the inside underframe details on the opposite side of the coach to the one I'm painting. 
The whole of the underframe will now be treated to a thin coat of Railmatch Sleeper Grime, starting with the bogies. The air flow from the air...

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